The multi-award-winning ferry service, Cape Clear Ferries, has announced its summer schedule for West Cork, taking in Baltimore, Cape Clear Island, The Fastnet Rock, and Schull.
The announcement comes amid considerable excitement at the launch of the newest addition to the company’s fleet – the ‘Carraig Aonair’ (formerly Spirit of Doolin).
The Carrig Aonair is certified to carry 200 passengers to Ireland’s most southerly point. Most importantly, the ferry is weatherproof and built to withstand unpredictable Irish weather conditions.
Just in time for summer, visitors can circumnavigate the iconic Fastnet Rock Lighthouse in the comfortable surrounds of the new ferry – with panoramic 360 views from both inside and out – with large saloon windows to enjoy the view and seating for 100 passengers inside.
The Fastnet Tour is more than just a ferry trip – it’s an experience reflected in the awards and accolades Cape Clear Ferries have received for the tour over the years, including the Wild Atlantic Way’s Tourism Business of the Year, most recently in 2022.
The tour has also been named among the top tours in Ireland by National Geographic and has topped the bill as an outstanding West Cork Maritime Tourism experience. Fáilte Ireland has also featured footage of one of our ferries rounding the Fastnet Rock in its national and international television ads.
Speaking in relation to the launch of the summer schedule, Karen Cottrell from Cape Clear Ferries said:
“There is always great excitement and anticipation ahead of our regular schedule launches at the beginning of the summer season, but this year we are thrilled to have the option to provide faster and more frequent tours around the famous Fastnet Rock – the tallest and widest rock lighthouse in Ireland and the UK.
“This offers a brilliant backdrop for great family adventures – sailing around the towering rock, savouring its rich history and magnificent location, often seeing whales, dolphins and basking sharks en route.