The Best of the West – Galway Races AND Doolin

The Best of the West – Galway Races AND Doolin
The Galway Races are the biggest annual horse-racing festival in Ireland, held at Ballybrit Racecourse in Galway. The festival draws more than 150,000 spectators each year andl is the highlight of the year for most local businesses as crowds and horse lovers flock from all over the world to attend. Races start on the last Monday of July every year, and is held for over seven days. As well as being the biggest, it is also the longest of all the race meets i

Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark – A Sustainable Future for Tourism in North Clare

Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark – A Sustainable Future for Tourism in North Clare
Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark In 2011, the Burren and Cliffs of Moher achieved Geopark status, and is now recognised among the top 100 Geoparks in the UK and Ireland. A “Geopark” is defined as a region with outstanding geology, culture and heritage where people are working together towards a sustainable future through tourism and education. Leave Nothing but Your Footprints, Take Nothing but Your Memories At Doolin2Aran Ferries, we are strong advocate

Surfing at the Cliffs of Moher

Surfing at the Cliffs of Moher
Surfing at the Cliffs of Moher Surfing has become extremely popular along the western Irish seaboard, and particularly in Lahinch, Fanore, Doolin and Spanish Point. In fact, one of the world's biggest surfing waves can be found at the Cliffs of Moher. Aileens Aillenasharragh  - from the Irish, Aill Na Searrach (‘Leap of the Foals’) is the first headland of the Cliffs of Moher on the Doolin side and it reaches a height of 632 ft/192m. With large oce

Movies made at the Cliffs of Moher

Movies made at the Cliffs of Moher
Movie Magic – Famous scenes shot at the Cliffs Of Moher Over the years, there have been many movies made at the Cliffs of Moher, and more recently, music videos from artists around the world. Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince (2009) Harry and Dumbledore appear standing on a rock which is moving towards a sea cave in the face of a towering cliff. Through the miracle of modern technology the rock in the sequence is actually Lemon Rock, off the Iveragh

Where to Stay on the Aran Islands

Where to Stay on the Aran Islands
Overnight Accommodation on the Aran Islands Day-trips are a very popular way to visit, but to really experience life on the islands, there is nothing like waving the boat off the pier and settling in for an evening of entertainment when the crowds have all gone. All three islands offer various types of accommodation to suit all tastes from hotels to B&Bs, self-catering homes, hostels and campsites. Click on the blue titles or images below for de

Our Fleet

Our Fleet
Doolin2Aran Ferries have the largest and most comfortable fleet in Doolin. There is capacity for over 330 passengers on our fleet per sailing trip to the Aran Islands. We have four ships; two steel hulled ships, and two ships which were custom-built to give maximum opportunities for outside viewing to our passengers on the Cliffs of Moher Cruises. Boarding the boats is easily managed from the pier via a short gangway and there is ample seating both insid

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions, but please feel free to <a href="http://www hop over to this website.cliffs-of-moher-cruises.com/contact-us/">contact us if you have any queries. Is there a charge for parking at Doolin pier? No, currently there is no charge for parking at the pier. Do you sail on Sundays? Yes we sail 7 days a week from April to October, unless the weather is unsuitable. How long is the Cliffs of Moher Cruis

Legend of Hags Head, Cliffs of Moher

Legend of Hags Head, Cliffs of Moher
Hag's Head Hags Head is the name given to the southern point of the cliffs, where there is an unusual rock formation resembling a woman's head looking out to sea. Irish legend tells many stories of an old hag (witch or "Cailleach"). Her names and variations are quite numerous. She is often linked to the golden fire goddess Brigit as her darker half Cailleach Bheara. At Hag's Head, she is called Mal. Mal fell madly in love with the great Irish hero, Cú

Celtic Witch Stories from Ancient Ireland

Celtic Witch Stories from Ancient Ireland
Celtic Witches Ireland’s ancient legends are full of stories about the Cailleach (pronounced “kyle-yeukh”) or the celtic witch. In the area of the Cliffs of Moher, she is called Bronach, which means “Sorrow.”  At Hag’s Head, she is called Mal, and you can read about poor Mal’s sad love life in our blog. She would descend from the mountains at Samhain (October/Halloween) to rule the land until Beltaine (Spring). The

Useful Sailing Tips

Useful Sailing Tips
Plan ahead with these useful sailing tips: On the day before your sailing, double-check sailing times/weather conditions etc by phoning (065) 7075949 Try to check in at the Doolin2Aran Ferries booking office at least 30 minutes before departure (allow for some delays in parking at the pier – free, but busy!) There is a small “café” on the pier with tea/coffee, freshly made home-baked scones and cookies The pier has limited toilet facilit

Seabirds at the Cliffs of Moher

Seabirds at the Cliffs of Moher
Learn More about the Seabirds at the Cliffs of Moher Our boats position you with the best views of the Cliffs of Moher and the seabirds nesting on their rock shelves. Incredibly, there are over 30,000 seabirds in residence at the cliffs! Puffin The Cliffs of Moher holds the largest mainland colony of Puffins (1,365) in Ireland. Description: Small comical bird, black and white evening suit and colorful bill Nests: Underground in burrows and grassy summits n

Getting to Doolin Pier

Getting to Doolin Pier
Directions from Limerick, Shannon and Ennis: In Limerick follow the signs for the M18, Shannon airport or Ennis. (Shannon Airport is approx 1 1/2 hours drive from Doolin.) Take the M18 from Limerick to Ennis, you bypass the town of Ennis. Take the N85 from Ennis to Ennistymon via Inagh. Drive straight through Ennistymon towards Lisdoonvarna on the N67. At the 2nd crossroads after the village of Kilshanny, turn left onto the R478. This road will bring you...