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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Mrs_Pud1
Ireland1,806 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Great return trip, departed on time, took approximately 45mins to cross.

Safe secure parking at €7 a day, just a 3 minute walk from the pier in Rossaveel.

Plenty of seating and luggage space onboard. Crew walking around reminding people of mask wearing. You must also sanitise your hands before boarding.
Written September 9, 2020
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Hi @Mrs_Pud1, we're delighted to see you enjoyed your trip! Yes, our crew work hard to maintain a high level of compliance. Hope to see you again soon.
Written September 10, 2020
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Laurie Nash
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I was offered a tour to the Aran Islands via the Aran Island Ferries as a supplement from my tour advisor. Since I have years of experience riding ferries ( former 40 year Seattle native) I was missing being out on the water. I had a terrific ride, found the constant reminders of "mind the door" so I wouldn't knock myself silly (I'm very tall, 6'2" ) and found the crew very helpful to passengers on boarding and disembarking, up and down the ramps, etc. Watching the coastlines and islands, seabirds, smelling the salt air, feeling the swells all felt very familiar and I was beyond happy that I had chosen this day trip. The Aran islands and our home to Dun Aengus was the icing on the cake of an enchanting day. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone enjoying sea trips and great historical experiences.
Written July 2, 2020
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AleutianDash
Anchorage, AK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The ferries are well managed and offer a smooth painless ride to a unique and fairly well-preserved culture, a land of stark beauty. Unavoidably, the Aran Islands are a tourist magnet. Their great mysteries lie largely in the past (though they will come at least partly to life for you if you read J. M. Synge's early 20th C. book about them). Once you're on Inis Mór (Inishmore), largest of the three Aran Islands, you can get a strong sense of their unusual character by renting a bike, which many visitors do. It's not far or difficult to pedal to the visitor center from which you can walk 1 km to the ruins of the great ancient fort at Dùn Aonghasa. I recommend buying (for roughly 10 euros) the site's guidebook.
Written October 3, 2022
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Judith G
Randolph, NJ18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We took the Ferry from Rosaveel to Inish More a few days after our planned trip from Doolin was scrapped due to weather (our own decision, I'm sure the Ferry from Doolin still sailed). The boat is bigger than the one from Doolin so the ride was comfortable. I was surprised that there were no concessions on board, would have killed for a coffee that morning as we had some water problems at our Airbnb and could not make any. The arrival on Inish More at 11:20 AM or so and return trip at 5 PM is the perfect length of time to visit the island. The crossing felt safe and secure.
Written October 3, 2022
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Eric M
Cork, Ireland30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
The last time I was in Innismore it was alot different experience getting there.This is a very modern ferry with loads of room and for those who like the fresh air plenty of seating on Deck.Tea and coffee with light snacks also available.
Written September 27, 2020
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Thanks for taking the time to review us @Y4284CGericm. We're delighted to see that you enjoyed your travel experience to the Aran Islands!
Written November 23, 2020
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Laura Piovesan
Province of Treviso, Italy6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Maybe it was thanks to the previous reviews that the anti Covid guidelines were fully met and everyone on board followed them. And the staff were professional and friendly. Spectacular day out that exceeded my expectations: breathtaking views, smooth sailing, cycling around Inishmore island was fabulous. Great food. It ticked all the boxes. I went there with my husband but I think this cruise is suitable for all ages.
Written August 18, 2021
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gsquare3
Morristown, NJ1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Plans to get to the harbor at least 1 hour before departure because this place is impossible to find. Also, for some reason that makes no sense, you have to print the ticket you receive in your confirmation. It's a pain to get to a printer on vacation and given today's technology, how about showing it on your phone?
Written August 17, 2022
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Jeff L
Costa Mesa, CA46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We took the Aran Island bus & ferry service to get to Aran Islands. Bus took about 1 hour to get to nearby port. It was a nice chance to see the rural environment outside of Galway.
The Ferry was very efficient. Leaving on time and a comfortable ride.
Written March 26, 2022
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HelenB
Boston, MA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The Captain's narration was wonderful. SO glad the seas and weather allowed them to take us slowly along the Cliffs of Moher on the return trip. The vessel is clean and spacious and the seating inside and out is comfortable. What a terrific day.
Written October 20, 2021
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broomfieldtrading
Girvan, UK88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Tranquility
We visited Arran Island for my birthday.
Ferry journey was an important part of our day. We throughly enjoyed our Ferry ⛴️.
Ferry was on time. Very clean. Cafe was good with fresh food. Staff was working hard. We enjoyed the view during sailing.
Written July 23, 2023
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