Eco-Friendly Travel with Doolin Ferry

New eco-friendly travel option on the Wild Atlantic Way

– A new groundbreaking addition to the Doolin Ferry fleet will redefine the passenger ferry experience to the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher. The custom-built ship is carefully designed for top performance on Ireland’s Atlantic coast and sets new standards for comfort, efficiency, and eco-friendly travel.

Doolin Ferry on water with Inishmore, Aran Islands in background

Sustainable Travel

Environmental responsibility is at the forefront of the new build. Accordingly, green technologies have been employed in the design to align with Doolin Ferry’s commitment to sustainable practices and responsible stewardship of the ocean:

  • A special system called SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) has been utilised which significantly reduces the exhaust emissions. This system works by adding a special fluid into the exhaust stream of the engine, similar to AdBlue in the motor industry. This technology helps reduce harmful exhaust emissions by up to 90% and also contributes to lower fuel consumption and noise reduction.
  • The new ship comes fitted with solar panels while the use of energy-efficient LED lighting throughout the vessel further minimises energy consumption and contributes to overall environmental conservation efforts.
  • The advanced hull coatings utilised on the ship boast an impressive 10-year lifespan, which eliminates the need for frequent repaints and minimises the environmental impact.

Owner, Liam O’Brien is conscious of the company’s responsibility when it comes to eco-friendly travel. “We made sure our new ship would have reduced emissions, used less fuel, and is fitted with solar panels. It shows that at Doolin Ferry, we care about being green. This ensures that our passengers can enjoy the beauty of the sea while we strive to minimise our environmental impact.”

However, Doolin Ferry’s sustainability practices goes beyond its fleet and touches various aspects of the business. These include the adoption of digital ticketing solutions to eliminate paper waste, staff participation in sustainability initiatives and training such as Leave No Trace and informing visitors about our natural heritage and why we need to protect it.

A key element of the company’s environmental policy is the adoption of the Geopark Code of Practice for Sustainable Tourism. This unique sustainable initiative, measures ongoing improvements in social, economic and environmental efforts. Doolin Ferry works alongside over 70 members of the Burren Ecotourism Network in developing the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark as a sustainable travel destination.

Doolin Express Ferry on water

Pioneer on the Wild Atlantic Way

Doolin Ferry’s latest addition to its fleet is designed to carry 300 passengers. This marks a significant milestone as it is the largest vessel ever to operate from Doolin. The larger capacity allows the company to improve the efficiency of its service and conserve fuel usage by not operating several smaller boats at the same time.

A standout feature is the state-of-the-art stabilisation system, a game-changer in passenger ferry travel. The system combats the rolling and pitching motion that often causes motion sickness, providing optimal comfort to passengers. Upon the ship’s launch, Doolin Ferry will be the first and only passenger ferry company in Ireland with a fully-stabilised fleet.

The vessel also prioritises passenger comfort with features such as a retractable canopy on the upper deck for all-weather comfort, wheelchair accessibility, full Wi-Fi coverage, climate control system, and amenities including toilets, bar and snack shop. The state-of-the-art sound system enhances the overall onboard experience.

In recent years, Doolin Ferry has invested significantly in upgrading its fleet. This latest multi-million euro investment establishes it as the newest fleet along the Wild Atlantic Way, promising passengers a unique and unrivalled eco-friendly travel experience.

Commitment to Customers

After years of dedication and commitment to Doolin Ferry, owner Liam O’Brien is thrilled that his long-held dream of designing and constructing a ferry from scratch is finally coming to fruition. This marks a significant milestone in his journey and underscores the relentless pursuit of excellence that defines Doolin Ferry.

Liam O'Brien, owner of Doolin Ferry with his son Conor, announcing launch of new ship build

Speaking about the new ship, Liam remarked, “We’ve poured passion and innovation into every detail, ensuring a vessel that embodies the essence of Doolin Ferry’s commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction.”

He added: “We are immensely proud that Doolin Ferry is making history as the first passenger ferry along the Wild Atlantic Way with a fully stabilised fleet. This milestone reflects our unwavering dedication to passenger comfort, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey for those onboard.”

Doolin Ferry’s new boat sets a benchmark for passenger ferry travel in Ireland, reinforcing the company’s position as a leader in providing memorable journeys to the world-renowned Aran Islands and iconic Cliffs of Moher.

About Doolin Ferry

Doolin Ferry is an award-winning boat tour operator based in Doolin, Co.Clare, offering a seasonal passenger ferry service (Mar-Nov) to the Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher Cruises and private boat tours. Doolin Ferry is committed to providing unforgettable experiences, connecting visitors to the beauty, wildlife, and cultural heritage of Ireland’s west coast.

Plan ahead and book your tickets with Doolin Ferry Co for 2024 as seats during peak periods fill fast. We look forward to seeing you on board!