Doolin Ferry Company has begun the summer season trips to the Aran Islands with their state-of-the-art ferries operating from Doolin Pier in County Clare. Passengers can also enjoy a Cliffs of Moher cruise, or the thrilling Seafari experience, which was introduced in 2021.
Explore the Aran Islands with Doolin Ferry Co
With the popularity of the Aran Islands continuing to increase year-on-year, the family-run business now offers up to 20 sailings per day between Inis Óirr, Inis Mór and Inis Meáin.
As a top destination in the West of Ireland, the Aran Islands offer visitors the chance to step back in time and experience Irish culture in its truest and most traditional forms. A trip with Doolin Ferry Co. to the Aran Islands is a day-trip unlike any other where a variety of exciting activities await across the three picturesque island locations.
Visitors can also experience and explore the coast on the ‘Seafari’ experience – an exclusive, private 10-seater rib. The rib is designed to allow you unrivalled, close-up views of the entire Clare Coast including the stunning Cliffs of Moher.
Inis Mór – Journey Time: 35 minutes from Doolin Pier
The largest of the three islands, (translated as ‘Big Island’), Inis Mór is the most popular and most visited of the islands. With green flowing fields and traditional stone walls, Inis Mór lives up to the romantic image that most will have dreamed up when planning their trip. Upon arriving, visitors can choose to explore the island by bike, by foot, by minibus or by pony and trap.
Adventure seekers can opt to scuba dive, swim, hike, or explore the rugged terrain in a Land Rover Defender jeep on a guided tour. Inis Mór also has lots for foodies to enjoy, including the delicious Aran Goat Cheese, made by local artisan producer Gabriel Faherty. Wildlife enthusiasts should keep their eyes peeled for the Inis Mór seal colony and the beautiful wild swans.
See the travel2ireland Destination Report on Inis Mór here.
Inis Oírr – Journey Time: 15 minutes from Doolin Pier
It is the perfect location for a half or full day visit, and in particular for families. The welcome to Inis Oírr could not be more scenic, with a beautiful white sandy beach and a great view of O’Brien’s Castle. Families will love the newly built playground on the island, which is also home to picnic benches – perfect for lunch in the sun!
Explorers will be kept busy with holy wells, ancient ruins, the Áras Éanna cultural centre and the Fardurris Point lighthouse awaiting them. This island is particularly popular amongst Father Ted fans, thanks to the Plassey Shipwreck, which appears in the opening scenes.
Inis Meáin – Journey Time: 20 minutes from Doolin Pier
For history buffs and walking enthusiasts, Inis Meáin will be a dream come true and you can explore the island by walking, hiking or biking. Inis Meáin is home to two stunning beaches, both of which are ideal for swimming, relaxing or picnicking.
As a well-known and famous retreat for many writers, artists and poets, this island is full to the brim with culture, one such site is JM Synge’s cottage, where many of his classics were written. History lovers will enjoy wandering around the famous fort ruins of the island, Dun Chonchuir and Dun Fearbhai, both of which were built in the bronze or iron ages.
Ticket prices for Aran Islands sailings with Doolin Ferry Co. range from €6 one way / inter island and from €18 return. Find out more about ticket prices and sailing times here. Visitors can book ferry tickets by phoning 065 707 5555 or online here.