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Shannonferries – bridging the best of Ireland’s West

Killimer, West Clare

Boat Trips

From early morning as the mist descends the Shannon Estuary to the Wild Atlantic Sea, to the setting of the sun in the late evening, Shannonferries will take you and your vehicle on this memorable 20-minute journey across the estuary linking the iconic tourist destinations of the Kingdom of Kerry to Banner County of Clare on the Wild Atlantic Way. Save money and miles.

They cater for all vehicles, including cars, buses, coaches, dormobiles, campers, commercial vehicles, cyclists, motorbikes and foot passengers. They operate every day except Christmas Day. During peak season, there are two ferries sailing providing half-hourly sailings during the day. They do not take bookings, it operates on a first-come, first-served basis. You may purchase your ticket on board the ferry when crossing or online at www.shannonferries.com to avail of a discount.

This is a lovely experience for visitors who would like a short break in their journey to relax as they sail across the majestic Shannon Estuary. And if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the dolphins, which in the summer, can sometimes swim so near the ferry, as if just to entertain you.

As the only vehicle ferry trip on the main spine of the Wild Atlantic Way, this invigorating journey allows you to experience the rugged nature of land and sea as you breathe in the fresh salty sea air that encapsulates Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.


  • Ferry Crossing between Killimer Co Clare to Tarbert Co Kerry
  • They take all vehicles and walk on passengers.
  • Sailing every day except Christmas Day
  • No reservations are necessary, purchase your ticket onboard or online
  • Sit back, relax, enjoy and watch out for Dolphins

Good to Know

Admission: Admission fees apply.

Open months: The ferries operate all year round except Christmas Day

Visit duration: The ferry crossing is approximately 20 minutes

Suitability for younger children: Moderately suited. Children must be accompanied by an adult when onboard the ferry.

Rainy days: Mostly outdoors.

Picnic facilities: There is an outdoor seating area in Killimer.

Gift shop:  There is a gift shop onsite in Killimer that stocks an extensive range of books, souvenirs, CDS, snacks, ice creams, teas, coffees, sandwiches and lots more.

Dining facilities: In addition to facilities at Killimer, they have a shop on board the ferry during the summer months providing teas/coffees, drinks, ice cream and snacks

WiFi: Free WiFi is available on board the ferry.

Toilet facilities: Yes, but no baby-changing facilities.

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible, but no wheelchair-accessible toilets onboard.

Assistance/guide dogs: Permitted.

Groups: They cater for all coaches on board the ferry and free parking on-site for coaches.

Parking: All vehicles accepted on board, and free car parking and coach parking on-site.

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

About Killimer


Killimer is the gateway to County Clare for those travelling north along the Wild Atlantic Way. It is home to Ireland's busiest car ferry service.