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From Doolin: Inis Oirr Island and Cliffs of Moher Ferry

1. From Doolin: Inis Oirr Island and Cliffs of Moher Ferry

Explore Inis Oírr with this ferry cruise from Doolin. Hop aboard and take in sea views before disembarking for free time on the island. Take the ferry back to see the Cliffs of Moher, O'Brien's Tower, and the An Branán Mór sea stacks. Hop aboard the spacious ship in Doolin and admire the views of the shore on your way to Inis Oírr. Have several hours of free time to check out the island's medieval ruins, seal colonies, shipwreck, and lighthouse with options to walk, rent a bicycle, hire a horse and cart or take a minibus tour. Depart the island for the return trip in the afternoon. Pass by the Cliffs of Moher's highest point. Sail beneath the famous O'Brien's Tower. Listen to onboard commentary and facinating stories that dive further into the sights. Circle back passing by An Branán Mór, the great sea stack, which is home to Ireland’s largest mainland nesting bird colony. Get up close birds such as puffins, guillemots, and razorbills. Capture pictures of the the sea cave that was used to film 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' and the famous surfing spot 'Aill na Searrach' where the 'Aileen' wave is caught.

From Doolin: Inis Mor Ferry and Aran Islands

2. From Doolin: Inis Mor Ferry and Aran Islands

Inis Mór, also known as Inishmore, is the largest and most traveled of the Aran Islands. Its very name, which means big island, suggests its size compared to the other islands. The population of Inis Mór is about 900 people. This day trip departs Doolin Pier at 10:00 AM and then departs the island at 4:00 PM to return to Doolin Pier. The ferry journey from Doolin Pier to Kilronan Harbor on Inis Mór takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes.  The Aran Islands are believed to be an extension of the Burren Region in County Clare. The famous rocky landscape has helped to create its iconic image of an island divided by fields separated by winding stone walls. The stunning views from this Island reveal an Atlantic gateway from Connemara to Clare.  You won’t be short of things to do and wonders to see on the island of Inis Mór. A full day is needed to see the sights of this beautiful island.  The ferry will arrive at Kilronan harbor on Inis Mor. From this port, you can choose from several different options to explore the island. You may choose to hire a bicycle, take a mini bus tour or experience a horse and cart tour. More information on the tour options is available at the Kilronan Harbor area upon your arrival. The most popular attraction on this island is the famous ring fort, Dun Aengus. The magnificent fort is a semi-circular structure that rests on the edge of a high cliff rising 100 meters out of the Atlantic Ocean. It is the largest of the prehistoric ruins on the Aran Islands. It is a short 900 meter hike from the Visitor Center to the base of the fort. On arrival, it takes about 10 minutes to climb to the top of the fort. The fort consists of an inner court 50 meters across, and is surrounded by a wall 6 meters high and 5.5 meters thick at the base. Dún Aonghasa’s superb position and its structural perfection have prompted many experts to declare it one of the finest prehistoric monuments in Europe.

From Limerick: Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Day Tour

3. From Limerick: Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Day Tour

Departing Arthurs Quay, Limerick at 8:30 AM daily, your local driver/guide will take you via Bunratty Castle and Ennis to the picturesque village of Doolin in County Clare. Here, you will board the 11:00 AM ferry sailing from Doolin to Inisheer, the smallest and closest of the Aran Islands. The ferry passage takes between 20 and 30 minutes. Once on the Island, you will have 2 hours of free time to explore an ancient castle, church, shipwreck, lighthouse, beaches, cafés and pubs. Return to the ferry, departing at 1:45 PM and, on the way back, sail beneath the Cliffs of Moher. From the sea, you get a unique view of the majestic Cliffs of Moher. Upon return to Doolin, reboard the tour bus before your driver/guide takes you to the top of the Cliffs of Moher. Once there, entry to the eco-friendly visitor's centre, the Atlantic Edge, is included. After your visit here, sit back, relax and enjoy the picturesque scenery on your way back to Limerick. The tour returns between 8:30 - 9:00 PM.

From Ennis: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher Day Tour

4. From Ennis: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher Day Tour

Depart from the Temple Gate Hotel parking lot in Ennis at 9:00 AM, with a fully qualified, local driver/guide taking you through County Clare to the picturesque village of Doolin. Board the 11:00 AM ferry sailing from Doolin to Inisheer, the smallest and closest of the Aran Islands. The ferry trip takes between 20 and 30 minutes. Once on the Island, take 2 hours to explore an ancient castle and church, shipwreck, lighthouse, beaches, cafes and pubs. Take the return ferry at 1:45 PM and on the way back sail beneath the Cliffs of Moher, subject to weather conditions. From the sea, you get a unique view of these majestic cliffs. Upon return to Doolin, re-board the tour coach and our driver/guide will take you to the top of the Cliffs of Moher to enter the eco-friendly visitors center, the Atlantic Edge. Then it’s time to sit back and relax on the return coach to Ennis arriving back between 6:00 PM and 6:30 PM.

From Ennis: Cliffs of Moher Explorer Day Tour

5. From Ennis: Cliffs of Moher Explorer Day Tour

Enjoy a beautiful scenic walk, take photos, explore, and take the time to enjoy a day at the world-famous Cliffs of Moher.  Depart from The Temple Gate Hotel car park, Ennis at 9:30 AM, and a fully trained, local driver/guide will start the scenic journey through the rural landscape of West Clare to the picturesque village of Doolin. Be dropped off at the Quay at Doolin and be directed to the start of the Cliffs of Moher coastal walkway and begin the journey with directions to the rendezvous point at the Cliffs of Moher visitor center, The Atlantic Edge. Begin the walk via the village of Doolin along the Cliff path to the Cliffs of Moher from Wild Atlantic Way to Signature Point. Take in breathtaking views of Galway Bay, the Aran Islands, and the Cliffs of Moher themselves on the 8 km of coastal pathway. Witness the power of the Atlantic Ocean from the pathay and watch as it batt;es the coastline of Ireland in the Wild Atlantic Way. Rendezvous with the driver/guide and the tour coach at the Cliffs of Moher visitor center 5 hours after beginning the walk in Doolin. Re-board the tour vehicle, sit back and relax while the driver/guide begins the return trip to Limerick. Return to Ennis between 5:30 PM and 6:00 PM. This tour operates from 01 April to 31 October.

Ennis: Small-Group Walking Tour

6. Ennis: Small-Group Walking Tour

Discover the best that the medieval town of Ennis has to offer on this small-group walking tour. Meet your guide at the O'Connell Monument, where the stories will begin. Listen to the story of 'The Liberator' Daniel O'Connell before continuing to the 1916 memorial where you will hear the iconic story of the 1916 Easter Rising. Afterwards, discover the 13th-century Ennis Friary. Follow the river through the town as your guide reveals some of Ennis's most hidden and famous gems and recounts the vibrant history of the town. See sights such as Steele's Rock, a memorial to the 'Peeping Tom Steele', and the old Ennis market port.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 413 reviews

We had a fabulous time! The ferry ride over was smooth - no need for any type of motion sickness medicine. The pony cart was wonderful. We used Inis Mor Horse Carriage tour.. Our guide was Stephen and the horse was Rocky. Stephen grew up on Inis Mor so he was able to give us great insight into what life on the island was/is like. He asked us if we wanted to stop at different places (take a pic, go to the bathroom, get a coffee). He was friendly and patient with all of our questions.

Wonderful trip. Well organized. Magnificant island Inisheer. Driver Pather (???) was an inexhaustible source of Ireland knowledge. Some would have been a little less also sufficient. But that is a matter of taste. His driving skills were without fault. We felt safe at all times, despite the narrow roads. We loved the trip and highly recommend the tour.

It is great, time on the island is just enough. Shipwreck is so cool! A note for the pass by the cliffs on the way back. Sit on the side closest to the walls. And when you get somewhat close block the space off or stand up as people will flock to the railings and stand right in front of those seated.

Excellent trip with an outstanding driver. He was very knowledgeable on the history and other events.

Really enjoyed this tour. The guide was knowledgeable and entertaining!!