Fancy a visit to one of Ireland’s mystical islands? Getting there is easy with our list of ferry companies. Browse our selection of companies offering transport to Ireland’s many islands and immerse yourself in the culture and mysticism of each.
Tourist Office, Galway City, Galway
Discover the Aran Islands on the new “Galway Bay”.
Facilities on Board:
Galway Aran direct service in just 90 minutes
Comfortable Table Seating on all 3 decks
Full Bar service
Tea, Coffee, Snacks available
Gift/Souvenir shop on board
Spacious sun decks
Discounts for groups, families, Students, Hostelers Etc.
Bikes carried free
Bord Failte Approved.
Alternatively, The “Aran Flyer” is the largest and fastest ferry serving the Aran Islands, with a capacity for 208 passengers for a trip of just 30 minutes.
Burtonport Pier, Arranmore, Donegal
The Arranmore Ferry is a professional ferry service which runs between Burtonport and Arranmore Island. Over the years it has established itself as one of the leading ferry services in the North West of Ireland. Maoin Na Farraige Teo, prides itself in quality service and strict attention to safety. The Arranmore Ferry complies with all Irish Marine insurance and legal requirements. The Arranmore Ferry can cater for all sizes of vehicles and can accommodate up to 96 passengers. Our staff are always on hand to assist in making your crossing both comfortable and enjoyable. The crossing takes in some of the areas most beautiful scenery.
Doolin Pier, Doolin, Clare
Aran Islands Fast Ferries is the fastest recorded ferry service ever to the Aran Islands with sea travelling time of only 20 minutes, from Doolin to Inis Óirr.
You can enjoy the indoor luxury accommodation and panoramic views from this 36 seater fast ferry and enjoy the safety and comfort or embarking and disembarking from the pier at Doolin without the use of currachs to get to bigger boats.
This luxury fast ferry assures you speed and comfort at all times. An hourly service operates at peak periods, the only re-scheduling of sailings which may occur will be at spring tides.
A courtesy bus shuttle is available from local hostels and hotels.
Barrack Street, Passage East, Waterford, Waterford
The scenic short cut between the beautiful counties of Wexford and Waterford.
Whether you are a regular commuter, on a day trip, or a visitor to our shores, why drive in heavy traffic between Co. Wexford and Co. Waterford when you can drive through beautiful countryside past many historic sights, enjoy a peaceful crossing of the Suir Estuary by drive-on, drive-off Car Ferry and save time on your trip!
Clare Island, Mayo
The O’Malley family are natives of Clare Island and have been seafarers for many generations.
They are descendants of Grace O’Malley (Granuaile), the legendary 16th-century pirate queen who lived by her family trade of piracy and plunder.
Two fully licensed ferries, the Island Princess and the Garnish Glory, provide year-round links between Clare Island, Co Mayo and the mainland. The ferry trip to Clare Island takes approximately 15 minutes.
Both ferries are fully licensed by the Department of Marine and Natural Resources.
The main departure point on the mainland for the ferry to Clare Island is at Roonagh Pier, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, 35 minutes drive from Westport town.
Valentia Island, Kerry
Come aboard the Valentia Ferry and you’re on your way to wonderful Valentia – a famous island measuring seven miles by three, just half a mile off the Ring of Kerry Road.
Abord the ferry you’ll enjoy the visual feast of Valentia Harbour with the island laid out before you on a five minute sailing. The picturesque village of Knightstown – with it’s famous town clock was one of Ireland’s first planned villages – superbly designed by British architect Nimmo and built in the early 1800′s.
Trips are also available to Fastnet and Sherkin Island during the summer months.Schull “Karycraft” Ferry departs from Schull Harbour carrying visitors and islanders across 7 miles – 45 minute boat journey, to Cape Clear.
Aran islands, Galway
Aran Island Ferries operate a daily service to the three Aran Islands in Galway Bay. The Aran Islands are steeped in history and are spectacularly beautiful. The ferry service operates from Rossaveal, a port 37 kilometres west of Galway city. This is the shortest crossing point to the islands. A coach service is provided from Galway city to Rossaveal.
Passenger ferry sailings daily, weather permitting.
Ballycastle 10.30 am & 5 pm (4 pm in winter), and Rathlin 9 am & 4 pm (3 pm in winter). Four sailings each way July-Aug. 50 mins.
Book in advance for summer minibus trips on the island.
Groups and wheelchairs by arrangement.