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Inisheer: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Doolin: Inis Oirr Island and Cliffs of Moher Ferry

1. From Doolin: Inis Oirr Island and Cliffs of Moher Ferry

Explore Inis Oírr with this ferry cruise from Doolin. Hop aboard and take in sea views before disembarking for free time on the island. Take the ferry back to see the Cliffs of Moher, O'Brien's Tower, and the An Branán Mór sea stacks. Hop aboard the spacious ship in Doolin and admire the views of the shore on your way to Inis Oírr. Have several hours of free time to check out the island's medieval ruins, seal colonies, shipwreck, and lighthouse with options to walk, rent a bicycle, hire a horse and cart or take a minibus tour. Depart the island for the return trip in the afternoon. Pass by the Cliffs of Moher's highest point. Sail beneath the famous O'Brien's Tower. Listen to onboard commentary and facinating stories that dive further into the sights. Circle back passing by An Branán Mór, the great sea stack, which is home to Ireland’s largest mainland nesting bird colony. Get up close birds such as puffins, guillemots, and razorbills. Capture pictures of the the sea cave that was used to film 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' and the famous surfing spot 'Aill na Searrach' where the 'Aileen' wave is caught.

From Galway: Aran Islands Day Trip & Cliffs of Moher Cruise

2. From Galway: Aran Islands Day Trip & Cliffs of Moher Cruise

Take a day trip to Inisheer (Inis Oirr) from Galway and discover the ancient churches and castles on the smallest of the Aran Islands. Visit the Cliffs of Moher and admire the coastal scenery. From the meeting point in Galway, get driven south along the Wild Atlantic Way and into the lunar-like Burren region. From there, head to the picturesque fishing village of Doolin where you’ll board the ferry to Inisheer. Once there, explore the island's churches, castles, lighthouses, shipwrecks, cafes, and pubs. Discover one of Ireland's most beautiful beaches and, if you like, take a pony and carriage, hire a bicycle, or stroll the country roads. Stop for a hearty meal at a traditional local pub before arriving at the Cliffs of Moher. You will receive free entry to the cliffs and the eco-sensitive visitor center. Take a stroll along the cliff edge and consider how tiny everything looks from above. Once you depart the cliffs,l take the coast road home, following the Wild Atlantic Way. Make one last stop at the stunning Baby Cliffs in Ballyreen where you can walk atop the Burren, before returning to Galway.

From Doolin: Inis Oirr Island & Cliffs of Moher Cruise

3. From Doolin: Inis Oirr Island & Cliffs of Moher Cruise

Come sailing with the Blue Crew! This tour combines a visit to the smallest island Inis Oirr and a cruise underneath the Cliffs of Moher. Explore the island for a few hours and return to Doolin via Cliffs of Moher. Inis Oirr (pronouced Inish Ear) is only a 15 minute ferry journey from Doolin. There are many attractions to be found here including ancient castles and tiny churches, a shipwreck, a lighthouse, one of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches, a modern playground and several fine pubs and cafes. The 3 pubs all serve good, local food and traditional Irish music can be heard on a daily basis. The Cliffs of Moher are the crowning glory of the Clare coastline. Like a viewing platform for prehistoric giants who wish to peer over the edge of Europe, the cliffs provide an unrivaled view across the vast boiling wildness of the Atlantic Ocean, a world unchanged since the pre-Celtic masters of magic, the Tuatha Dé Danann who ruled Ireland. You will leave Doolin armed with a lifetime of memories to treasure.

From Doolin: Inis Oirr (Inisheer) Ferry and Aran Islands

4. From Doolin: Inis Oirr (Inisheer) Ferry and Aran Islands

Visit Inis Oírr, one of the 3 Aran Islands. Board a clean and modern ferry and depart from the Doolin Pier. Enjoy a scenic ferry ride to the island including striking and dramatic views.  Take in breathtaking views of the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. Discover medieval ruins. Watch the seal colonies sunbathing on the beach. See a shipwreck that was featured in the beloved Irish TV comedy Father Ted. Although it’s the smallest of the Aran Islands you’ll find plenty to do and see in Inis Oírr. Enjoy a walk through the lush landscape and take in the natural life of the island. The flora of this island contains rare alpine species which are under conservation. Look out from the Clare coastline and admire the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher from a unique perspective. Explore the island’s rocky landscapes and fields surrounded by stone walls. If you'd like a snack or a drink during your time on the island, you can stop at one of Inis Oírr's many delightful bars and cafes. After 5 hours on the island, board the ferry make the trip back to Doolin.

Galway: Day Trip Ferry to Inis Oírr (Aran Islands)

5. Galway: Day Trip Ferry to Inis Oírr (Aran Islands)

Discover a unique culture, landscape and way of life on this island day trip from Galway. Sail back in time and immerse yourself in a small fishing village atmosphere. Prepare for a warm Irish welcome as you board the morning ferry from the harbor at Rossaveel. Enjoy full bar and refreshment service on this luxury vessel as you voyage out into the Atlantic. Jump off the boat when you dock and find yourself in a walker’s paradise of breath-taking scenery. Hire a bike or hop on a tour and admire spectacular flora unique to the island and area. Enjoy white sandy beaches, and visit O'Brien's Castle or the site of the Plassey Shipwreck. Relax in one of the island's bars, restaurants or tea rooms, perhaps enjoying some traditional live music. Enjoy the special atmosphere of this little island before picking up your ferry back to Rossaveel at 4:30 PM.

From Ennis: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher Day Tour

6. From Ennis: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher Day Tour

Depart from the Temple Gate Hotel parking lot in Ennis at 9:00 AM, with a fully qualified, local driver/guide taking you through County Clare to the picturesque village of Doolin. Board the 11:00 AM ferry sailing from Doolin to Inisheer, the smallest and closest of the Aran Islands. The ferry trip takes between 20 and 30 minutes. Once on the Island, take 2 hours to explore an ancient castle and church, shipwreck, lighthouse, beaches, cafes and pubs. Take the return ferry at 1:45 PM and on the way back sail beneath the Cliffs of Moher, subject to weather conditions. From the sea, you get a unique view of these majestic cliffs. Upon return to Doolin, re-board the tour coach and our driver/guide will take you to the top of the Cliffs of Moher to enter the eco-friendly visitors center, the Atlantic Edge. Then it’s time to sit back and relax on the return coach to Ennis arriving back between 6:00 PM and 6:30 PM.

From Doolin: Day Trip to Inisheer with Bike or Tractor Tour

7. From Doolin: Day Trip to Inisheer with Bike or Tractor Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of mainland Ireland on this day trip to Inisheer from Doolin. Discover breathtaking views of the Cliffs of Moher, explore the island on a tractor or bike, and relax on the white sands of the island's beach. Meet your guide at Doolin Pier and hop on the ferry to Inisheer for a 15-minute journey. Take in breathtaking views of the Cliffs of Moher along the way and maybe even spot some of the friendly dolphins who like to ride alongside the boat. As you step onto Inisheer, you will immediately grasp what island life is all about. See horses and local farmers, hear Irish being spoken by the locals, and smell the freshest air the Atlantic Ocean can provide. Next, begin your bike tour of the island with your guide. Explore sunken graveyards, shipwrecks, castles, and much more. If you're not feeling up to a bike ride, hop on the back of a traditional Irish tractor instead to experience Inisheer from a local perspective. In peak season, finding a restaurant to sit down and eat in can be difficult. After your guided tour, head to a local cafe that has a reservation for you. No waiting in line, just walk in and enjoy. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the island at your own pace. You could go to the pub for a pint, check out the playground with the kids, or simply chill on the beach. At the end of the day, meet your guide back at the pier and board the ferry back to Doolin.

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What people are saying about Inisheer

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 792 reviews

Your trip was wonderful. Your driver and guide, Paul was the most informed and skilled driver we have ever seen. His deft maneuvering around tiny villages was impressive to all. We all felt safe and comfortable in his care. He made sure we understood the relevance of all the sights. His explanations of the geology of the region was exceptional. Thoroughly enjoyed the day! JK. USA

A bit of confusion as to where the boat left from. Not easy to find the ticket office.. but once there… everyone is friendly and helps get “ everything sorted out”

Our driver was delightful, I’m sad I can’t recall his name, he made the experience 10 times better than it was on its own

Our guide was great. He made the trip. I can't wait to go back to the Island and the cliffs were breathtaking.

Great tour. Very varied. Well managed. Great nature