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Doolin Cliff Walk Questions & Answers

Would you take a 6 1/2 year old? Worried about being to close to edge etc.

over a year ago Answer

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Englewood, Florida
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The visitors center is impressive and there are boat tours that view from the base which is impressive. I thought that the boat had a better vantage on bird life as well.

As for walking near the top, I think it depends on the child. My daughter at that age would have enjoyed a piggy-back ride on my shoulders well inside the safety barrier, and that I would have been comfortable with. However, a wandering or thrill seeking child that tends to dart off would be problematic at best, especially if he/she is lured by attraction of those walking outside the safety barrier.

over a year ago
Malahide, Ireland
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Apart altogether from the length of the walk, i wouldn't advise it. You would be better off taking a child of that age to the visitor centre where that section of the cliff is safer.

over a year ago
Montclair, New Jersey
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I would not. You are truly at the edge of the cliff most of the time. It would require constant supervision.

over a year ago
Massachusetts, United States
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All kids are different but my initial reaction is no, I wouldn't bring a 6 1/2 year old. In addition to some scary crossings it's a pretty demanding walk over the course of 3 hours which seems a bit long for most kids I know that age.

over a year ago
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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We went on the guided walk and despite that I wouldn't have brought a small child. The youngest children in our group were 12. There are danger signs highlighting the risk of unstable land at times on the walk. Why not go to the Visitor centre and walk from there. You will be able to judge how far you can walk as it is fenced at that end. There are also facilities etc. Enjoy.

over a year ago
Thale, Germany
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Hi, short parts of the walk are very close to the edge, so it's not easy to answer your question without knowing the kid's skills. I did the walk alone, but you should probably go with a guide. They are very nice & helpful I've heard.

over a year ago
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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No, I personally wouldn't. But having said that, there was a 7 year old on our trail

over a year ago
Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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I would take a child to the visitor's center but not the "hike" from Doolin that I did.

over a year ago
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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I didn't think we got that close to the edge and it's easy to stay back if you want. I think he would be ok. Wear warm clothes!

over a year ago
San Diego, California
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No. I'd be concerned about safety and it is not an easy walk.

over a year ago
Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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Edward have you been to the Grand Canyon? The Palisades? Hiking near the Appalachian? Not everything has railings around it ..

over a year ago
Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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I would take a 6 1/2 year old to the visitor's center and walk around there. I would not try to take a 6 1/2 year old from Doolin to the visitor center. Nope.

over a year ago
Baltimore, Maryland
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Someone asked this exact Q to the guide when we went. He gave the typical European answer. "It depends." If you know your kid and trust him to not bounce around, then fine. Personally I would say no. Unless you are holding them by the hand, I would say there is too much room for a mistake to happen.

On that note, this walk is a good example of something that you can do in EU that you cannot do in America. You would not be able to do this walk in USA without someone building railings the whole way. Fear of litigation is enough to kill a good thing in USA.

over a year ago
San Diego, California
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You should write to them and ask. I would think it is too strenuous and too close to the cliff edges in places, particularly worrisome if it is wet the day you walk. You can walk near the visitor center where it is safe, just very crowded.

over a year ago
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you do get pretty close to the edge. 6 1/2 is pretty young, it depends on how excitable he gets. I think one of my two kids would have been fine, but the other was too uncontrollable at 6 1/2 to risk it.

over a year ago
Boise, Idaho
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I definitely wouldn't. It was quite dangerous in some areas.

over a year ago
Nashville, Tennessee
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All children are different, though your child may be fine, as a parent, it would make me extremely nervous.

over a year ago
Tettnang
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Yes, no problem!

over a year ago
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