Travelling around Ireland by boat

Ireland's waterways make for an idyllic mode of transport for those looking for a more relaxed pace

Visiting the islands by ferry or boat

Ireland’s islanders have long used ferries to travel back and forth to the mainland and these boats still service the islands today. The Aran Islands, Tory Island, Garnish Island, Rathlin Island and The Great Blasket are just some of our islands that can be accessed via ferry and boat.

Islands accessible by ferry

The Aran Islands; Inishbofin; Sherkin Island; Cape Clear; Clare Island; Tory Island; Garnish Island; Blasket Island; Arranmore; Bere Island; Heir Island; Rathlin Island; Whiddy Island; Valentia Island; Inishturk.

Islands accessible by boat

Inishfree; Long Island; The Skelligs; Copeland Island; Inishbiggle (often inaccessible during times of bad weather).

Bear in mind that owing to weather conditions some ferry companies only operate seasonally, normally peak season (June to August approx). It is advised to always check sailing times in advance to avoid disappointment.

Disabled access is available on most ferries but check before travelling.


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