Our History

The Original Doolin Ferries Est.1970

The Original Doolin Ferries Est.1970

O’Brien Ferries Doolin started out with a single traditional boat (a currach) operated by Bill O’Brien.  Regulations were much more lax back then!  Over the years Bill O’Brien improved his boats increasing in size and comfort.  The Irish Department of Transport regulations changed in 1987 and from then on they insisted that a ferry using Doolin Pier would be of steel construction and built to a European Class 2A standard.  In response to this directive, Bill built a brand new 48 seater ferry named The M.V. TRANQUILITY. At this point in time, the Aran Islands Ferry Service was then called ‘Doolin Ferries’.

In 2002 The M.V. Tranquility having served the company so well underwent a major refurbishment.  She was lengthened by 20 feet and given a brand new passenger cabin and wheelhouse now accommodating over 100 passengers.  A Captain’s dream!

O'Brien Line history
O'Brien Line History Doolin ferries

Why change our name to O’Brien Line Ferries?

In 2007 we launched our new and exciting Cliffs Of Moher Cruise.  In order to encompass both aspects of our business, we made the transition to O’Brien Ferries Doolin.  We are providing the same outstanding service only under a different name!

Why choose O’Brien Line Ferries?

We operate the Largest and Most Comfortable ferries from Doolin.  Over 40 YEARS of sailing makes us the longest running operators of ferries to the Aran Islands.  Doolin is the Shortest and the Fastest crossing to the Aran Islands.  We operate steel European Class 2A ships, the highest safety standard awarded to domestic passenger ships in Ireland.  Other boats in Doolin are built of G.R.P (Glass Reinforced Plastic) and are awarded a much lower Class 6 safety standard.  We are a local family run business and who like to get to know our customers.  Bill O’Brien and The Doolin Ferries Crew are always happy to assist you in any way possible to make your trip better.