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Sail with Doolin Ferry to the Aran Islands

Doolin, North Clare

Boat Trips
Cool For Kids

The Aran Islands are a top destination in the West of Ireland. From winding stone wall boreens and beaches lined with fishing boats to the craic of the island pubs. Sail with Doolin Ferries, and you can escape to a place lost in time when you take a trip to Aran.

When you arrive at Aran, you instantly feel like you’ve been taken back to Ireland of old. Gaelic (Irish) is the main language spoken on these islands today. Though most islanders also speak English, Irish is still the preferred language by far.

The Aran Islands are about 48 km from Galway City and only 8 km from Doolin Pier. Inis Oirr (Inisheer) is the closest island to Doolin.

There are three islands to choose from when planning your trip. Each one is well worth a visit and will not disappoint. It takes about 15 to 35 minutes to get from Doolin to the Aran Islands by ferry, depending on which island you visit.

The tour is a Travel and Hospitality double award winner, winning ‘Boat Tour of the Year 2021’ and ‘Cruise Company of the Year 2022’.

Attraction Highlights

  • Add a Cliffs of Moher ferry to any Aran Island departure.
  • Fast and comfortable ferry fleet.
  • Highly experienced staff.
  • Excellent customer service.

Good to know

Admission: Participation fees apply.

Open months: Tours typically operate from March to October, depending on sailing conditions.

Trip duration: 15 to 35 minutes to reach Aran, depending on which island you choose to visit. Visitors can opt for a day trip or overnight stay.

Suitability for younger children: Ideally suited.

Cool for kids: All ages.

Rainy days: Mostly outdoor.

Dining/refreshments: There are refreshments and a mini-bar service available onboard.

Gift shop: Doolin Ferry stocks a range of exclusive Doolin Ferry Co. products, including high-quality souvenirs, luxury Aran Islands candles, and custom-designed apparel. Buy online or in-store at the premises on Fisher Street in the heart of Doolin Village.

Toilet facilities: Yes, and with baby changing facilities. 

Accessibility: Partially wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets. 

Assistance/guide dogs: Permitted.

Groups: Groups of 10+ qualify for a group discount.

Parking: Pay car parking and free coach parking at Doolin Pier.

Details are subject to change. It is always advisable to check the operating dates, times, prices, and other information on their website or directly with the attraction before visiting or booking.

About Doolin


The famous coastal village of Doolin is renowned for its Irish traditional music sessions, a gateway to the Aran Islands and a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.