Aran Island Ferries
Aran Island Ferries
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Prepare for a warm Irish welcome as you board the luxury Aran Island Ferries boat (including a full bar and refreshment service) from the sheltered fishing harbour of Rossaveel (Ros a’ Mhíl) in Connemara or from Galway City Docks. Owned by the O’Briens, this family has an enduring relationship with the Aran Islands since they began to trade turf there in the 1900s. Along the way, feel the clean air against your face while admiring Galway Bay views. Once on the islands, enjoy a way of life including culture, heritage and language that is unlike anywhere in the world. Sail on the biggest passenger ferries to the Aran Islands (year-round) or the Cliffs of Moher (seasonally).
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Mlfc0
Philadelphia, PA51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We wanted to visit the Aran Islands while traveling around Ireland, and booking with Aran Island Ferries was a good choice. The reservation includes the ferry from Rossaveel which is about 20+ miles outside of Galway, to Innismore, the largest of the three islands. If you don’t have a car- no worries- you can also book a shuttle bus run by Aran Island Ferries that will transport you back and forth from Galway. The shuttle takes about 45 minutes and lets you off right in front of the pier. Couldn’t be easier. And when your trip is over, the shuttle is at the dock waiting to take you back to the pick up point. (You do have to purchase this shuttle ticket separately. We went to the office near Eyre Square. We were also able to exchange our online voucher for actual tickets at the same time).
Once on the island of Innismore you will see a line of minivans as soon as you get off the ferry. They will take you around the island and show you the important sights- giving you sufficient time to enjoy the different attractions. We chose Celtic Tours, and Patrick-our guide/driver- was wonderful! The tour runs roughly 4 hours-€25/each, and well worth it.
You can also rent bicycles and do the tour on your own if you’d like.
We had a very enjoyable day!
Written 12 May 2024
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Amélie
Montreal, Canada12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We had a really wonderful time on the ferry taking in the sea air and visiting gorgeous Inis Mór. We had a few hours to explore the island as we wished. You have a few options: walking, renting a bike or taking a tour. We ended our perfect day with a stop to look at the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher.
The Aran Island Ferries staff is very friendly. Highly recommend!
Written 2 May 2024
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Bill C
Amsterdam, The Netherlands5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I have a feeling that your experience will differ from ours for one specific reason, revealed near the end below. To start, the ride to Innismore from Galway was calm and warm inside the ferry. We went with a guided hop-on hop-off bus tour of the island, which was good on a rainy April day. When we stopped for lunch, rain and hail absolutely dumped on us. Luckily most of that time we were eating in a tasty restaurant near Dún Aonghasa. After this very good tour, a viewing of Dún Aonghasa, and some island woolwear shopping, we got back on the ferry towards the Cliffs of Moher, which were beautiful and well-described over the ferry's audio system. The sun came out right before we got there and the views from the ferry were outstanding.

Then came the part you probably won't encounter: as we were heading back to Galway, an Irish Coat Guard helicopter approached the ferry for a practice rescue maneuver in which the ferry never stopped moving. It was quite a spectacle as a member of the Coast Guard was lowered onto the ferry's upper deck and then was re-lifted back to the helicopter. Very impressive. The ferry crew announced that this practice happens every few months.

To recap, fantastic trip, recommend. If you're very lucky, you might get a surprise action movie happen on your ferry too.

NOTES:
(1) If you're in Ireland you'll probably already know this, but dress in layers and bring your rain gear regardless of the forecast. Anything can happen.
(2) Fully charge your devices before you go; none of the countless USB charging ports in the ferry were working. There were also many full-size Ireland/UK-style 240V sockets, but they seemed to be out of order as well.
Written 2 May 2024
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jimandnor
Higganum, CT4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Traveling with Aran Island Ferries was not just a journey across the sea; it was an exemplar of outstanding customer service and genuine care. From the moment we boarded the ship, the cleanliness and the courteous, safety-conscious crew made us feel welcomed and secure.

However, the real testament to their exemplary service came when I faced a traveler’s worst nightmare – I lost a critically important personal belonging. Not knowing exactly where I had dropped it, the crew, led by the compassionate Captain Aodán, sprang into action. Despite their thorough search on the ship yielding no results, Captain Aodán didn’t stop there. After discussing my day’s itinerary with him, he went above and beyond during his personal time. He made several calls to contacts on Inis Mór, tirelessly coordinating with locals to help find my missing item.

Miraculously, thanks to the collective efforts of the captain, a kind local named Dun of Dun Mor Tours, the Garda, and the morning crew, my item was found on a horse-drawn carriage I had used earlier. Captain Aodán, who was already on his way home, turned back to ensure that it would be on the first ferry back the next morning. This seamless coordination involved no less than six individuals, each instrumental in the recovery and return of my personal effects .

This experience highlighted not just the efficiency and dedication of Aran Island Ferries and the Inis Mór community, but also their profound integrity and kindness. I am deeply grateful for their swift and caring response, which reflects the true spirit of their service. For anyone traveling to the Aran Islands, I cannot recommend Aran Island Ferries enough, as well as taking a carriage ride with Dun Mor Tours, and acknowledging the helpful Garda.

A special shout out to Captain Aodán and everyone involved—they truly go the extra mile, not just across the sea, but for every passenger they serve.
Written 28 April 2024
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Sightsee70153
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The tour was terrific. Just as advertised. However,the weather did not cooperate. A lot of sea sickness. The staff were outstanding. They were monitoring and helping the seasick passengers. Better than any health carers. Despite the sea sickness I would take this ferry again.
Location of departure excellent. Time keeping excellent. Staff outstanding
Written 14 April 2024
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Paul J
London, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Great day over to the Aran Islands. Ferry departed on time - 10:30am. Bike hire recommended just by the port as you land. You can cover all the sites and have enough time to grab some food before the boat leaves at 5pm.
Written 24 October 2023
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chari m
East Elmhurst, NY106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Exactly as detailed. We picked up our tickets the day before from one of the locations. We went to the ferry about 45 mins early. A line had already formed. Very choppy ride both ways. Bring dramamine if you get sea sick. We arranged for a pony and trap to take us around. Our guide was so sweet and funny. We climbed the top at inismore. Came back. Stopped for hot chocolate and scones afterwards. Theeeeee best scones I’ve ever had.

My only complaint is that on the way back on the ferry is the stop at cliffs of moher. Some people ran outside and didn’t move to give others an opportunity to photograph or video. We waited a bit before someone finally traded spots. The stop was quick but beautiful. Id definitely recommend.
Written 30 September 2023
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oneilteo
Liverpool, NY7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
What a great trip, but be forewarned, if you suffer from seasickness or can't ride Rollercoaster, find another way to visit. On the way over waves were about 3-4 feet, rocking the boat somewhat gently but you knew it was moving. The way back was extremely rough, with lots of dips and side swaying. However, we found it exciting. We had a mixed bag with weather, clouds, rain then sun. The views when sunny were awesome. Returning, about an hour in, we stopped under the Cliffs of Mor offering amazing photo ops and really gave you a different view point without the crowds. The crew were attentive and safety conscious. Would recommend the tour.
Written 19 September 2023
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Susan R
Chicago, IL9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Take some Dramamine before you go! The seas were quite high and I was miserable and sick for the last third of the way over, and for some of the return trip, so I didn’t get to enjoy the views of the Cliffs of Moher as much as I wanted. I am sure that some days this is a lovely trip, but be sure to check to see whether the ride will be rough.
Written 18 September 2023
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pluralty
Camberwell, Australia47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Weather was great, sea was calm - scenery impressive.

The Island was very different from what we had seen on the mainland. Very stark environment with arable field created over the years by hard labour! Carting sand and seaweed to create an inch of “soil” over the sheet rock. Add sheep manure and you can grow grass etc.

Many kilometres of stone walls separated tiny paddocks for sheep or vegetable gardens.

Very interesting.

The cliffs of Moar were an impressive view on the way back to Galway.
Written 14 September 2023
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