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Doolin Ferries 2013. Discount and Free trips

Win 2 free ferry tickets every week. Get 20% Ferry discount all Summer

In association with O’Brien Line Doolin Ferry the Aran Islands facebook page will run a competition every Sunday on the page. The lucky winner each week will get 2 free tickets to use any time this Summer to travel to any of the Aran Islands or to take a cruise to the Cliffs of Moher,

Check out the Aran Islands facebook page at 9pm gmt every Sunday. Go To Facebook Now. Click Here.

This week’s draw is now live. Use the form below to enter. Good Luck!


O’Brien Line is run by Bill O’Brien and family and since the sale of Doolin ferries by Kevin O’Brien last year is the only original operator at Doolin. O’Brien Line operate the largest ferries at Doolin. Already with the best ferry fares available to the Islands, O’Brien Line have teamed up with the Aran Islands Facebook page to offer our readers a huge 20% discount all Summer.


Save 20% all Summer long by using the Discount code  araninfo13  when booking your ferry on the O’Brien Line website or by phone on +353(0)65 707 5555

Like O’Brien Line on Facebook below.

Aran Islands Ferries- Bicycle Ban.

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.

no bicycles to the Aran Islands

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.

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Kevin O’Brien in the Doolin Ferries office.

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Save the image to your smartphone or download and print it for use any time during the 2012 season.

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Doolin Pier. News. Feb 2012.

News for Doolin. Ferry services to the Aran Islands to get a boost.

Is there some movement on Doolin Pier development at last?

Gordon Deegan reports in the Irish Times from Clare Co. Councils monthly meeting.

Councillors back Doolin pier plan regardless of concerns from surfers.

You will recall that last year the surfers, backed by Failte Ireland held up the development of the pier. Ferry operators in Doolin really need a new pier and have been trying for years to get some movement. At the moment ferry services from Doolin to the Aran Islands are restricted by tides. This makes it difficult for tour operators to include Doolin because they can’t plan ahead.

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The current pier


New Doolin Pier pdf

Doolin Pier

Doolin Pier recently

Maybe now there will be some progress. The new pier will allow larger boats to operate from the County Clare village. Larger boats and improved facilities will mean a more reliable service which will be less subject to cancellations due to weather.

Here is Gordon Deegan’s report from the Irish Times.


CONTENTIOUS PLANS to construct a €6 million pier at Doolin yesterday received the unanimous approval of Clare’s councillors in spite of concerns expressed by surfers.

At the council’s March meeting yesterday, councillors gave the plan their endorsement after Cllr Richard Nagle (FF) said: “The new pier is imperative for the economic life of north Clare, and it should proceed without delay.”

County manager Tom Coughlan recommended that conditional permission be granted for the proposal, which acts at the Clare gateway to the Aran Islands.

However, the Irish Surfing Association told the council that the proposal would destroy the Crab Island and Doolin Point waves “which have been surfed for decades and are world renowned”.

Fáilte Ireland supported the concerns of surfers, requesting the council to re-examine the existing proposal to ensure that the plan could proceed without compromising the area for surfers.

The stance of Fáilte Ireland placed it at odds with local tourism interests who lodged a submission with 200 signatures in support of the pier plan.

The Doolin-based supporters of the pier took up most of the available seating in the public gallery at yesterday’s meeting, with some holding up signs saying “Support Doolin Pier”.

Cllr Martin Conway (FG) said the new pier would be “a major cog in Clare tourism”.

The council official charged with leading the project, Tom Tiernan, said construction work could begin within four to six months.

There is no recourse to An Bord Pleanála for third parties.