Welcome to Counties Mayo & Sligo


Both counties boast grand stretches of golden sands and legendary breaks that lure the surfing cognoscenti from around the globe. Visit and you'll find all this plus an improbable bounty of prehistoric sites, elegant Georgian towns, abandoned manor houses, charming fishing villages and good old-fashioned warm-hearted country hospitality.


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$17.31 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Cliffs of Moher Cruise from Doolin

This stunning cruise is an unmissable part of your Wild Atlantic Way itinerary. Our boats position you with the best views of the Cliffs of Moher – you cannot but marvel at their scale when you are literally craning to admire them from sea level.Leaving from Doolin's new pier, the boat travels south for about 20 minutes to reach the area where the cliffs rise to approx. 800ft or over 200m, close to the large sea stack, An Bhreannan Mor. Here, the boat will cruise for another 20 minutes to allow passengers to take in the amazing sights of the thousands of seabirds nesting on the rock shelves, see the tiny ant-like people who are peering down at them from the top of the cliffs at the visitors centre, and marvel at the beautiful rock formations, which are the result of the relentless pounding of the Atlantic waves. Audio commentary provides interesting facts about the geology, legends and wildlife found at the cliffs.Another 20 minutes later, the boat returns to Doolin pier, leaving its passengers back on land laden down with amazing memories of an unforgettable experience.

$28.85 Day Trips & Excursions

Inis Mor- Aran Islands ferry from Doolin

Set sail from Doolin Pier at 10:00 am daily to Inis Mór. Depart Inis Mór at 4:00 pm to then return to Doolin Pier. Sailings take place every day from March to October (weather depending). The Aran Islands are believed to be an extension of the Burren Region in County Clare. The famous rocky landscape has helped to create its iconic image of an island divided by fields separated with winding stone walls. The stunning views from this Island reveal an Atlantic gateway from Connemara to Clare. Traditional Irish culture is alive and well on Inis Mór and is apparent from their Ancient Festivals to nightly music sessions. The Aran Islands are one of the last places in Ireland that have managed to preserve their language despite the threat of persecution in earlier times. Inis Mór Facts The population of Inis Mór is about 1000 persons The Island is approximately 15km (9mi) long and 4km (2mi wide) The Island is an approximately 1 hour and 15-minute journey by ferry from Doolin Pier The spoken and first language of this Island is Gaeilge (Irish) though most speak English as well You will arrive in the main harbour Cill Rónán (Kilronan Village) to a bustling island port with all of the modern conveniences you may need for your visit. There are several pubs, restaurants, and cafes to enjoy a meal in. Inis Mor is a large island by comparison to the other Aran Islands so you will need a full day to visit this island (and most people want more). There are several options of transportation awaiting you at the harbour front upon your arrival. How to get around Bicycle Hire Mini-Bus Tour Pony and Trap Tour This island has a wide array of things to do and see. In fact, there is so much to see many feel that they would need at least a week on the island to see it all! A great option is to get a guided tour at Kilronan Harbour. The guides there are locals who can take you to the main highlights of the island and answer any questions you may have along the way. There are also several beaches that ribbon the coastline of Inis Mór providing a rich environment for seal colonies and wildlife. Visitors can enjoy picnicking, fishing, and even have a swim! What to See Dún Aonghasa (Dun Aengus) Aran Heritage Centre Dún Duchathair (The Black Fort) Na Seacht dTeampaill (The Seven Churches) Teaghlach Einne (House of St. Enda) Clochan na Carraige

$23.08 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Round-trip boat transfer to Inis Oirr from Doolin

Day trips depart from Doolin for Inis Oirr, (the closest of the Aran Islands) 3 times every day, March to October, at 10am, 11am and 1pm.From the moment you step aboard the gangway, you are treated to a feast of maritime activity,including dolphins following our wake! There is an air of anticipation as the ship sails ever closer to the island. Inis Oírr is just 30 minutes away, and reassuringly visible from Doolin pier. The voyage to the island pier passes some of its famous landmarks en route – the iconic Plassy shipwreck, O’Brien’s Castle and the Dun Formna stoneage fort on the hill, the white sandy beach with its crystal turquoise waters and possibly the most beautifully located graveyard in Ireland. Coming down the gangway is almost like stepping back in time, where it is easy to picture life in times gone by. On this island, you can (for example) you can isit an authentic cottage, where you can learn about the traditions, customs and clothing of the Aran Islands.Take a guided tour on a pony and trap, and enjoy the sensation of being transported at a leisurely pace along tiny roads, surrounded by an impossible vista of stone walls stretching in every direction.Rent a bicycle and explore the nooks and crannies in your own time.Let the children play in the fantastic adventure playground built on the sand.Feast on a lunch of the freshest seafood in one of the island's charming pubs.Choose to return at 2pm or 4:45pm, arriving back to Doolin pier with a treasure trove of memories of an unforgettable day.

$17.41 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Cliffs of Moher Cruise

This ferry tour departs from Doolin Pier at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, and 5:15pm, so you can choose the cruise that fits best with your schedule. The Cliffs of Moher Cruise sets out from Doolin Pier and follows the cliffs along by sea to experience from below these stunning heights. For a start passengers will take in amazing views of the Cliffs of Moher, The Aran Islands, and The Burren all while boarding the ferry at Doolin Pier. After sailing for about 20 minutes or so the ferry will make a stop underneath the famous 'O'Brien's Tower' perched high atop the Cliffs at their highest point. The Cliffs of Moher rise to a magnificent height of over 214 meters (700ft) which you can really appreciate by sea. Here there will be an entertaining and informative expert on board commentary about the local history and wildlife. The Cliffs of Moher base is home to a diverse range of wildlife such as birds, basking sharks, dolphins, and seals. The ferry will circle back by the Great Sea Stack 'An Branán Mór' which is home to Ireland’s largest mainland nesting bird colony. The Great Sea Stack plays host to thousands of sea birds that make it their summer home. The Cliffs of Moher Ferry gets you up close to view birds such as Puffins, Guillemots, and Razorbills just to name a few! Along the journey back to Doolin Pier you will pass the sea cave from 'Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince' and the famous surfing spot 'Aill na Searrach' where the 'Aileen' wave is caught. This one hour journey along the cliffs provides many fantastic photo opportunities and is never the same experience twice!

$34.62 Tours & Sightseeing

Inis Oírr Island and Cliffs of Moher Cruise from Doolin

Set sail from Doolin Pier at 10:00 am daily to Inis Oírr (Inisheer). Depart Inis Oírr at 1:45 pm to then stay on board for the Cliffs of Moher Cruise which is about 1 hour long in total. The ferry will return to Doolin Pier at about 3:00 pm. Sailings take place daily from late March to mid-October (weather depending). Inis Oírr Facts• The population of Inis Oírr is about 300 persons• The Island is approximately 3km (1.8mi) long and 2km (1.2mi) wide • The Island is an approximately 30 minute journey by ferry from Doolin Pier• The spoken and first language of this Island is Gaeilge (Irish) though most speak English as wellYou will arrive at the main pier on Inis Oírr. Here you will find a few different options for Island transport such as mini bus tour, pony & trap tours, or bicycle hire available. There are three pubs and a few restaurants/cafes located near the Pier for you to enjoy a meal in. Inis Oírr is a small island by comparison to the other Aran Islands so you can also enjoy walking on this Island. How to get around• Bicycle Hire• Mini-Bus Tour• Pony and Trap TourThis island has a wide array of things to do and see. A great option is to get a guided tour at the Pier upon arrival. The guides there are locals who can take you to the main highlights of the island and answer any questions you may have along the way. There is also a beautiful beach and playground area located next to the Pier which makes a great spot for families. Visitors can enjoy picnicking, fishing, and even have a swim! What to See• O’Brien’s Castle • St. Kevin’s Church• The Plassey Shipwreck• The LighthouseAfter visiting Inis Oírr you will then board the ferry to the Cliffs of Moher. The ferry will either go directly to the Cliffs of Moher from Inis Oírr, or the ferry will make a brief stop at Doolin Pier to let passengers on/off and then continue down to the Cliffs of Moher Cruise. Cliffs of Moher CruiseWitness breath-taking views of Ireland’s most famous vista by sea. The Cliffs of Moher rise to a height of over 214 meters (700ft). The Cliffs of Moher have Ireland’s largest mainland nesting bird colony on its lands. The Great Sea Stack (Branaunmore) plays host to thousands of sea birds that make it their summer home. Our Cruise gets you up close to view birds such as Puffins, Guillemots, and Razorbills just to name a few!This tour will finish back at Doolin Pier at about 3:00pm/3:15pm.  All sailings are weather dependent so please contact us in advance should you have any queries about sailing conditions.

$144.23 Walking & Biking Tours

The Sheefrey Pass Bike Tour

Show MoreThis tour takes you to the top of a dramatic mountain road (made easy on our Kalkhoff electric bikes!). You'll then picnic at the top in ancient woodlands with breathtaking views.Then it's downhill all the way through a stunning natural valley and on to Ireland's only fjord, Killary Harbour. Here we can catch a boat to sample some locally-farmed mussels with Simon and Kate and take in the dramatic scenery of the mountains plunging into the sea, maybe wave at passing dolphins, otter, salmon or other wildlife along the way. You can opt for a kayak or local seaweed bath massage before heading home. Had too much fun, food or Guinness to cycle home? Relax, we‘ll drive. This trip is for making memories and taking home more than just pictures. For those who tried the Bangor Trail last year and raved about it, this is every bit as good!

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