Cruising to success – Award winning ferry tour returns

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Galway Daily tourism Cruising to success - Award winning ferry tour returns

The Easter Bunny is bringing a seasonal gift for visitors to Galway this year, as Aran Island Ferries recommences its award winning cruise to Inis Mór and the Cliffs of Moher.

Last year saw the ferry company add to its regular transport routes with a stunning day long, or even overnight trip to some of the most stunning locations in the west.

Setting off in the morning from Galway City, the tourist cruise of Galway Bay and beyond treats guests to the beautiful vistas of the west coast.

Awarded “Best Irish Experience 2021”, the cruise takes you to Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Island, to enjoy for several hours in the morning and afternoon.

The ferry will then return by way of the Cliffs of Moher, giving people a new way appreciate the staggering scale of Ireland’s most famous landmark, as the waterside wide truly puts the cliffs into perspective.

The new service received a “hero’s welcome” from Galwegians and visitors to the city alike when it was first introduced last year, said the company’s Marketing Manager Áine Mc Loughlin.

“The positive reaction and desire for the day out, was a huge motivator for the crew and has generated much demand for the season ahead”

The tourist experience was launched alongside the introduction of the Saoirse na Farraige, of ‘Freedom of the Sea’, Aran Island Ferries state of the art vessel, and Ireland’s largest domestic  ferry.

A purpose built, 400 seater passenger ferry, it offers a 90-minute luxury cruise on Galway Bay showcasing the contrasting beauty and scenery of the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way.

Photo: Boyd Challenger

Voyagers can also take in the beauty of all of the Aran Islands, as it sails past  Inis Oirr and Inis Meáin before docking in Kilronan on Inis Mór.

There, visitors can enjoy several hours enjoying the hospitality of the islands, taking in stunning vistas from Dun Aenghus, watching the waves crash at the Wormhole.

Or just sit some food and a pint while basking in the island life, snacking on Aran Islands Goats Cheese, and some of the freshest seafood in the world.

There is onboard  audio commentary for guests to learn about the culture and heritage of the Aran Islands, the nature and beauty of Galway Bay, the Wild Atlantic Way and the world renowned Cliffs of Moher.

For people who want to turn their day trip into a staycation, there is a wide range of accommodation options on Inis Mór, with the option of catching your return ferry the following day.

Aran Island Ferries  route from Galway City, now in its second year will run from Good Friday, April 15, through to the end of September 2022.