Discover the Doolin Ferry company with Bill O’Brien- from a currach to the Aran Islands to cruising the Aran Islands


About Doolin Ferry Co with Bill O’Brien

The original founder, creator, and pioneer of the ferry service from Doolin to The Aran Islands is our very own Bill O’Brien. It’s a story of chance and good old Irish creativity! Bill was a young local farmer who often visited the fine establishments of Doolin (the pubs of course). One fine summer’s day he met two American ladies who were visiting the area. Being able to see the Aran Islands from Doolin Pier they asked Bill:

“Can you tell us what’s out there across the water?

“I can do you one better, I’ll show you!”

So off they set out from Doolin Pier in a traditional currach for an adventure to Aran and history was made. Little did the two ladies know that was his maiden voyage in the year of 1970.


Let us take you on an Adventure!

Join the O’Brien family on an iconic journey on the Wild Atlantic Way to the Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher. Spend a day or two immersing yourself in Irish Island Culture, or just take our magical one-hour Cruise along the stunning Cliffs of Moher.

Travel on our new fast ferry fleet the ‘Aran Islands Express’ & ‘Doolin Express’. We offer the fastest crossing to Inis Oírr in only 15 minutes, and to Inis Mór in 35 minutes!

In 2020, we were proud to launch the largest passenger ferry ever to operate from Doolin Pier, the ‘Aran Islands Express’. She is a perfect complement to our ‘Doolin Express’ ferry which is the only ferry in Doolin with ‘State of the Art’ anti sea sickness technology for a smoother crossing!


1. Trip to the Aran Islands with Doolin Ferry Co
2. Cliffs of Moher Cruise- See the Cliffs from the Sea!