FERRIES TO THE ISLANDS
No trip to Galway is complete without visiting the islands at least once in your lifetime. There are four inhabited islands off the coast of Galway which can be visited by passenger ferry. These consist of the three islands of the Aran Islands; Inis Mór (Inishmore), Inis Oírr (Inisheer) and Inis Meáin (Inishmaan); and the island of Inishbofin.
It is possible to travel to Inis Mór (Inishmore), Inis Oírr (Inisheer) and Inis Meáin (Inishmaan) by passenger ferry from Rossaveal Pier in County Galway and Doolin Pier in County Clare. The ferry service is provided by numerous operators and you can find out more information and sailing times to the Aran Islands below.
Please note that sailings from Doolin can be influenced by tides while there is no such issue for sailings from Rossaveal. However, sailings at from both Doolin and Rossaveal can be subject to last minute cancellation due to adverse weather conditions and weather warnings.
There is no car ferry to the Aran Islands so it is not possible to bring your car however car parking is available at Rossaveal and Doolin. In addition, although there is no direct ferry from Galway City to the Aran Islands, there is a shuttle bus to and from Rossaveal available.
It is possible to travel to the island of Inishbofin by passenger ferry from Cleggan Pier, located northwest of Clifden. There is a daily ferry service to Inishbofin all year round. The ferry is provided by the operator Inishbofin Ferry and further information on sailing times and tickets can be found below.
There is no car ferry to Inishbofin so it is not possible to bring your car however private car parking is available Cleggan. Please do not park your vehicle on Cleggan Pier, as it’s not advised. Please note that sailings can be subject to last minute cancellation due to adverse weather conditions and weather warnings.
(FOR THE ARAN ISLANDS)