Forget Flying – Find Adventure With Doolin Ferries

With the recent travel chaos experienced by many jetting off on holidays abroad, a summer staycation in Ireland has never been more appealing. Our beautiful country offers a wealth of unique experiences, all of which can be easily accessed with Doolin Ferry Co., based in the west of Ireland. 

The state-of-the-art ferries operate daily cruises from Doolin Pier to the Aran Islands. Passengers can also experience a Cliffs of Moher cruise. For those looking for something different, check out their private Seafari experiences, which were introduced in 2021. 

No matter what sailing you choose, you can look forward to exploring some of the most beautiful locations in Ireland and uncovering the following hidden treasures that Ireland’s stunning West Coast has to offer.  

Get up close and personal with the Puffins on the Cliffs of Moher 

The most famous residents at the Cliffs of Moher are without a doubt, the puffins. These unique creatures are most visible on the cliffs from the months of May until July, when thousands of puffins take up residence during their breeding season. While sailing on Doolin Ferry look to the cliff sides and grassy hillsides where you will see these beautiful birds basking in the summer sunshine. 

Relax in an Aran Seaweed Bath and Spa in Inis Oírr 

Let nature heal you with an Aran Seaweed Bath on the island of Inis Oírr – easily reached in just 15 minutes from Doolin Pier with Doolin Ferry Co’s Inis Oírr ferry. The Aran Seaweed Baths & Spa is a place of calm and tranquillity and offers the perfect way to switch off from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Located on Lighthouse Road in Inis Oírr, there are a number of treatments offered at the spa including seaweed baths, reflexology, hot stone massages, soothing facials and much more. 

Go glamping on Inis Mór 

Fancy spending more than one night on the Aran Islands after sailing on with Doolin Ferries. There is no better way to do it than glamping on the stunning Frenchman’s Beach, Inis Mór. The Aran Islands Camping and Glamping site on Inis Mór boasts glamping pods, as well as traditional camping facilities. Its beachfront location makes it the ideal spot to take in an Irish sunset after a leisurely day exploring the island. 

 Hit the Clare coast for some dolphin, seal and shark spotting 

Wildlife enthusiasts will love sailing along the stunning Clare coast and keeping their eyes peeled for dolphins, seals and sharks. Basking sharks, dolphins and common gray seals are spotted on occasion. It is also quite common for dolphin pods to swim playfully alongside the ferry boats close to the cliffs.  

Visit famous filming locations 

Given how majestic the Cliffs of Moher are, it should come as no surprise that many famous movies have been filmed here. When you take a trip on Doolin Ferries you can look forward to seeing the shooting locations for movies such as Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Into the West, Ryan’s Daughter and The Princess Bride, to name a few. A real treat for movie lovers. 

Find out more about ticket prices and sailing times here. Visitors can book ferry tickets by phoning 065 707 5555 or online here.

Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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