Bill O’Brien is the founder of the Aran Island Ferries from Doolin to the Aran Islands. In 1970 with just a currach and a dream Bill set sail with his first passengers and has been sailing the Atlantic ever since. Now you can still meet Bill on Doolin Pier welcoming customers aboard. Today his son Liam O’Brien and family are carrying on the Doolin Ferry tradition and bring passengers to the Aran Islands for a traditional Irish experience.
The Doolin Ferry Company sails to all three Aran Islands from Doolin, Co. Clare. The Aran Islands represent Gaelic Tradition and Culture at its best. Standing in the waters of Galway Bay the Aran Islands welcome you across the Atlantic. The Aran Islands (Oileáin Árann) are a set of three islands steadfast in the waters of Galway Bay, County Galway. Formed some 350 million years ago these islands are were once an extension of The Burren Region, County Clare. The islands are named Inishmore (Inis Mor), Inishmaan (Inis Meain), and Inisheer (Inis Oirr). Inisheer is the closest Island to Doolin with a 30 minute journey and Inishmore is the farthest with a 1 hour and 15 minute journey.
The Islands are a part of particular regions in Ireland called The Gaeltacht (An Ghaeltacht) in which Irish (Gaelic) is the spoken language of the community at large. The Gaeltacht areas work to preserve the Irish Language and Culture providing us with a truly unique connection with Ireland’s rich past. While visiting the Islands you will hear the lovely Irish language being spoken by most in shops, pubs and along the narrow lane ways.
The Aran Islands (Oileáin Árann) have piqued the interest of many a character with their enchanting sights and sounds. From Musicians, Artists, Geologists and Botanists, to the Average Joe, few can escape The Aran Islands allure. Take the Aran Island Ferries and enjoy traditional Ireland at it’s best.
Several departures daily from Doolin Pier, March to November. Please see our SAILING TIMES for exact schedules.