Galway City To Aran Islands Ferry Returns

Good Friday (15 April) is the first day of 2022 sailing season from Galway City to the Aran Islands. The modern ferry Saoirse na Farraige returns after a successful year in operation in 2021. The Galway city to Inis Mór journey also takes passengers along the Cliffs of Moher for spectacular views. 

Galway City to Aran Islands Ferry Returns 

Awarded “Best Irish Experience 2021”, by travel2ireland readers, Aran Island Ferries’ state of the art Saoirse na Farraige or Freedom of the Sea is Ireland’s largest domestic ferry. The purpose built, 400-seater passenger ferry, offers a 90-minute luxury cruise on Galway Bay. Above all it showcases the contrasting beauty and scenery of the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way coastline.  

Explore Inis Mór

Day trips allow visitors to explore the magic of Inis Mór, the largest of the three Irish-speaking Aran Islands for 4.5 hours. The return journey to Galway City brings passengers on a cruise along the soaring Cliffs of Moher. 

While on Inis Mór for a 4.5 hour stopover from 11am to 3.30pm visitors can hire bicycles, or explore the stunning beauty of the largest of the three Aran Islands. Tour by mini bus, pony and trap, Aran Off Road Experience, cycle or simply walk.  

Other attractions include the breathtaking Dún Aengus Cliffs, the unique Poill na Peist, sea pool, and many historical sites. Things to do include beaches for swimming, Aran Islands Goats Cheese Food Tours, and Aran Diving Academy. Or relax with mouth-watering seafood and a drink in the atmosphere of a choice of excellent restaurants and bars.  

Stay and enjoy island life

A wide range of accommodation options are also available on Inis Mór for those wishing to stay on the island. During Easter, the traditions of the season will be marked across the three Aran islands with something to experience for everyone.

“The positive reaction and desire for the day out has generated much demand for the season ahead”, says Aran Island Ferries Marketing Manager, Áine Mc Loughlin.   

Saoirse na Farraige, Freedom of the Seas is the newest and biggest of the extensive Aran Island Ferries’ vessels. In addition, they carry passengers to the three islands, Inis Mór, Inis Meáin, Inis Oirr. The routes operate all year round from Rossaveal in Connemara and from 15 April to end of autumn from Galway city, book 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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