The Republic of Ireland lends itself perfectly to a good boat tour, the country boasts an extensive shoreline, rich and varied history as well as unique geographical location in the North Atlantic. While there are several boat tours and providers to choose from across the country, we recommend the Doolin Ferry Company, in particular their Aran Islands tour and Cliffs of Moher ferry.

O Briends Castle

The Doolin Ferry Company was founded on a whim by a young and adventurous Bill O’Brien who decided to show a couple of inquisitive American tourists the Aran Islands. From this single voyage, Bill has grown the company to one of Irelands premier boat tours with an impressive fleet on hand. To this day the company is still run by Bill O’Brien with help from son and business partner Liam O’Brien.

Aran Islands Tour 

The extremely popular and original tour to a place lost in time. 

The Aran Islands are an archipelago of three Islands located only 8 km from Doolin Pier. The Islands named Inis Mor, Inis Meain and Inis Oirr offer some of the most stunning scenery in all of Ireland and are a gateway into Irelands deep history. Here you’ll find incredible stone forts, a welcoming population, a fantastic bird watching opportunity, and the unmissable Aran sweater market. The journey itself affords spectacular views of Galway Bay. 

Tours operate from March to November 7 days a week. Find out more –

Cliffs of Moher 

One of Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction, the Cliffs of Moher are not to be missed and should be top of the list for any itinerary. However, the cliffs can never be fully appreciated from land, a boat is essential. The Cliffs rise 120 metres above the wild Atlantic Ocean at the Moher tower, also known as Hags Head, and reach up to 214 metres at O’Brien’s tower.

Dun Aonghasa cliffs

Popular attractions and sites on the ferry tour include O’Brien’s tower, the great sea stack, Atlantic puffins, dolphins, the sea cave from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and excellent views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, and the Burren.  

The tour lasts about an hour and operates 7 days a week from March to October. Find out more – 

If you’d like you can combine these two fantastic experiences and go on the combination tour. First visiting any one of the Aran Islands and then staying on board for a cruise to the Cliffs of Moher.

To find out more about sailing times follow this link – 

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After Hours:  +353 87 958 1465
Telephone:  +353 65 707 5555
Address: Doolin Ferry, Bill O’Brien, No. 1 Doolin Pier, Doolin, County Clare