IMPORTANT UPDATE June 2013 : Limited numbers of bikes now allowed on selected sailings from Rossaveal. Check with ferry company in advance.
No more bikes. Island ferries confirmed to us that they will no longer carry bicycles on their ferries to the Aran Islands.
A spokesperson for Island Ferries in Rossaveal cited “health and safety” as the reason for the decision.
This change of policy mid season will leave a lot of cyclists annoyed. Many cycling clubs and tours are are already booked to the islands and will have to make alternative arrangements.
http://westirelandcycling.com/bikes-to-aran-islands/ are just one of the companies affected.
The bike hire companies on the Islands will no doubt be delighted.
But worry not. All the Doolin based ferries have confirmed that , at least for now they still carry bikes. Indeed Bill O’Brien of O’Brien Line Doolin Ferries will even give you 10% off with the coupon that you can get on this link HERE. (You don’t need a bike to use the voucher).
UPDATE SUMMER 2013. Private charter available from Rossaveal . Up to 12 passengers with bikes. Call John at 086 8819052
In further ferry news it has been confirmed that Kevin O’Brien has sold his Doolin Ferries operation to the Garrihy family. A colourful character on Doolin pier for many years he will surely be missed.