The addition of the M.V. Doolin Express in 2018 was a tremendous upgrade to our existing fleet. At the time, it was the most advanced addition to the ferry services in Doolin Harbour in many years. Not only did it reduce our sailing times to the Aran Islands by half, it has also added a luxury experience to the comfort of our passengers as they set out on the Wild Atlantic Way that had never been seen before in Doolin.
Never a company to stay complacent, in 2020 we will be launching the Aran Islands Express. With capacity for 250 passengers this will now be the largest vessel to operate out of Doolin. By adding an additional express ferry to our service we will be able to ensure that every passenger that travels with Doolin Ferry Co. will be travelling on an express ferry. We are so excited that we will be able to reduce the sailing time from Doolin to Inis Mór from 1hr and 20mins to a direct sailing time of 35mins!
ELECTRONIC STABILIZING SYSTEM
One of the major benefits of the Doolin Express Ferry fleet besides the size and greater capacity of our vessels is that they have state of the art electronic stabilizing systems. The Atlantic Seas that battle with the world-famous Cliffs of Moher on a daily basis are also what we contend with. This will help passengers that are prone to motion sickness to travel in greater comfort.
By increasing the capacity of a single ferry from 100 passengers to 250, we are also improving the efficiency of our service and working toward meeting our sustainability and environmental goals. The Doolin Ferry Co. has been a proud member of the Burren Ecotourism Network since 2014.
Since that time involvement in the network has been extremely beneficial in terms of educating ourselves on best practices and sustainability when operating in an area of such extreme beauty and in protected landscapes. We have learned that improving your sustainability is not only beneficial for your business, but also for your environment
Doolin Ferry Co. was founded by Bill O’ Brien in 1970. Bill and Liam O’Brien have been working tremendously hard in recent years to keep improving and growing their business in Doolin. It is no easy feat to navigate the process of acquiring a ferry and then seeing it through to operation. After years of hard work, time, and immense effort we have managed to take another step in growing their service and lifelong passion by adding our second express ferry in this our 50th year in business. We very much look forward to welcoming you on board the Doolin Express and Aran Islands Express soon!!