Doolin Ferry’s new vessel will join its Co Clare fleet for the summer 2024 schedule
An artist’s impression of Doolin Ferry’s new vessel
Liam O’Brien of Doolin Ferry, inspecting the new build with son Conor
A new ferry linking Co Clare and the Aran Islands will be “the largest vessel ever to operate from Doolin,” its owners say.
Doolin Ferry is to introduce the new, 300-passenger ship to the Wild Atlantic Way this summer following what it says is a multi-million euro investment.
The new vessel will include “full Wi-Fi coverage”, wheelchair accessibility and a retractable canopy on the upper deck “for all-weather comfort”, the company said – as well as a bar and snack shop.
Adult fares for its seasonal services are €44 return to Inis Mór, €34 return to Inis Oírr, and €28 for a 50-minute Cliffs of Moher cruise (doolinferry.com).
Doolin Ferry is owned by the O’Brien family, which bought Doolin2Aran Ferries from the local Garrihy family in 2022, including its Star of Doolin, Spirit of Doolin and Doolin Discovery vessels.
“Our new custom-made ship, currently under construction, is set to redefine passenger travel to the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher,” said owner Liam O’Brien.
It will carry up to 55 more passengers than its current largest vessel, Aran Islands Express, which arrived in 2020.
The vessel will feature a “state-of-the-art stabilisation system” designed to “combat the rolling and pitching motion that often causes motion sickness, providing optimal comfort to passengers”.
It also includes solar panels and an emissions reduction system – details which, along with a ten-year lifespan for its paint, it said would limit its environmental impact.
The company is a member of the Burren Ecotourism Network.
Ferries are also available to the Aran Islands from Galway City and Rossaveel with Aran Island Ferries (aranislandferries.com).