Doolin Ferry started out with a single traditional boat (a currach) operated by Bill O’Brien as seen above. Regulations were much more lax back then! Over the years Bill O’Brien improved his boats increasing in size and comfort. The Irish Department of Transport regulations changed in 1987 and from then on they insisted that a ferry using Doolin Pier would be of steel construction and built to a European Class 2A standard. In response to this directive Bill built a brand new 48 seater ferry named The M.V. TRANQUILITY. At this point in time the Aran Islands Ferry Service was then called ‘Doolin Ferries’.
In 2002 The M.V. Tranquility having served the company so well underwent a major refurbishment. She was lengthened by 20 feet and given a brand new passenger cabin and wheelhouse now accommodating over 100 passengers. A Captains dream!
In 2007 we launched our new and exciting Cliffs Of Moher Cruise. In order to encompass both aspects of our business we made the transition to O’Brien Line Doolin Ferry. We are providing the same outstanding service only under a different name!
We operate the Largest and Most Comfortable ferries from Doolin. Over 40 YEARS of sailing makes us the longest running operators of ferries to the Aran Islands. Doolin is the Shortest and the Fastest crossing to the Aran Islands. We operate steel European Class 2A ships, the highest saftey standard awarded to domestic passenger ships in Ireland. Other boats in Doolin are built of G.R.P (Glass Reinforced Plastic) and are awarded a much lower Class 6 saftey standard. We are a local family run business and who like to get to know our customers. Bill O’Brien and The Doolin Ferry Crew are always happy to assist you in any way possible to make your trip better.