Best ferry from Doolin

Best Tourism Experience in Clare 2023. 

We are thrilled to announce that Doolin Ferry was crowned the ‘Best Tourism Experience in Clare‘ at the Clare Business Excellence Awards 2023.

Run by Ennis Chamber, the awards celebrate and recognise the achievements of businesses from all corners of the county. Winners are selected by a panel of professional independent adjudicators who judge a written submission and conduct a company audit and site visit to experience first-hand the service provided.

In winning the award, Doolin Ferry shows its commitment to excellence across all areas of the business, demonstrates sustainable and environmentally sound practices, community support and engaging marketing efforts about its tourism service.

This is a momentous achievement for Doolin Ferry, a second-generation family business, which offers a seasonal passenger ferry service to the Aran Islands and cruises beneath the Cliffs of Moher. The company, founded in 1970, boasts a fleet of state-of-the-art boats and a range of tour options and prides itself on its consistently high customer satisfaction ratings.

Owner Liam O’Brien explained what it means to win this award:
“As a family business, deeply rooted in Co.Clare, winning this award is particularly meaningful. It’s a testament to the authenticity of our experiences and the genuine connection we have with our community.

This recognition fuels our passion to continue providing an exceptional tourism experience, connecting people to the beauty, wildlife, and cultural heritage of the west coast of Clare”.

Silver Award for Transport & Logistics Family Business of the Year – Family Business Awards 2023

But that’s not all – the accolades keep rolling in!

Doolin Ferry was honoured with the Silver award for ‘Transport & Logistics Family Business of the Year’ at the Family Business Awards 2023.

Family Business Awards Winner's Logo
The awards recognise and celebrate the vital role that family-run businesses play in the economic and social fabric of Ireland.

The winners were announced at a luncheon hosted by Matt Cooper on Friday, 3rd of November in the Mansion House.

This recognition highlights not only the excellent tourism service we provide but also the deep sense of family values that fuels our success.

Being recognised in the family business category underscores the collaborative effort and dedication of the entire Doolin Ferry team.

From the helm to the deck and from online to onsite customer interactions, every member of the Doolin Ferry family plays a vital role in ensuring smooth, safe, and unforgettable journeys for our passengers.

Cruise Company of the Year 2022 Ireland

Boat Tour of the Year 2021 Ireland

Boat Tour of the Year Award Doolin Ferry Company, best Aran Islands Ferry.

Doolin Ferry Company are delighted to announce that we have won not one, but two, Travel & Tourism awards this year. ‘Boat Tour of the Year’ 2021 in Ireland and ‘Boat Tour of the Year’ 2021 for the West of Ireland. We are so thrilled to receive these fantastic achievements.

Here is a brief summary of what the judges have to say:

  • Great range of tour options including combination trips that allow visitors to get the most out of a trip to County Clare.
  • Excellent reviews online that praise the overall cruise experience, staff, conditions.
  • Easy to use and informative site. The advance booking page is straightforward to navigate and offers added convenience.

Over 50 years in business

Though it was a memorable year for many reasons, 2020 was our 50th anniversary year in business operating boats from Doolin to the Aran Islands. Bill O’Brien founded the original ferry service in 1970. It’s been quite a journey from his first single currach to a first class fast ferry fleet. We are so proud of the achievements and advancements that have been made at Doolin Harbour.

We have worked tirelessly year in and year out to not only build a top class modern ferry fleet, but to also achieve customer service excellence. Everything we have achieved has been done with our customers at heart. So next time you’re in Doolin be sure to stop in to us for a chat. Ask about our sailings times from Doolin on the all new Aran Islands Express ferry. The Aran Islands Express is the largest and most comfortable ferry in Doolin brand new in 2020. We have a variety of trips to choose from to Inis Oirr, Inis Meain, and Inis Mor.


Planning your trip

Please contact us any time and we would be delighted to help you plan your trip to Doolin, the Aran Islands, or a Cliffs of Moher Cruise. After all, we are the best ferry from Doolin!

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Aran Islands Ferry Boat Tour of the Year award 2021 from Doolin to Aran Islands