Clare Island Ferry Company

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The Clare Island Ferry Company is owned and operated by Brian & Alan O’Grady, natives of Clare Island whose family have been operating the Clare Island Ferry service since 1880.

Alan & Brian operate a fleet of large, modern and fast ferries to Clare Island, fully certified by Failte Ireland and the Department of the Marine. (Details of our fleet are provided on this page.)

The cruise from Roonagh Quay (west of Louisburgh) to Clare Island takes just 10 minutes on board our Clare Island fast ferry. The journey gives you just enough time to view and photograph a most spectacular coastline which includes Achill Island, the Nephin mountain range, the islands of Clew Bay, Croagh Patrick (Ireland’s famous pilgrimage mountain) and Inishturk.

Operating year-round, you can check the Clare Island Ferry Company timetable here. By booking online you will also receive a discount on your fare.

We also provide a cargo service and you can learn more about that by clicking this link.

Clare Island News

  1. Clare Island now open for Weddings
  2. National Geographic nominated Clare Island in the Top 10 Activities along the Wild Atlantic Way
  3. The Irish Times nominated Clare Island top 5 Best Places to Go Wild in Ireland.


We spent the day on Clare Island in the off season so everything was closed, but it was one of the best days we had in Ireland. We walked about 8 miles around the island at the end of the day we attended a community Christmas Festival and were warmly welcomed as the only non residents on Clare that day and it was outstanding! Many thanks to Rory and his wife for a friendly welcome and point in the right direction. Visited November 2013

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