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About Arranmore Ferry

Ferry to Arranmore Island

Our Story

The Arranmore Ferry is the largest and most modern ferry operating the Arranmore to Burtonport route. The Realt Na Maidne Teoranta Ferry Company is a family business, but most importantly it is part of the Arranmore community. We’ve been operating the Arranmore Ferry for 14 years, but generations of the Boyle family have helping the community travel to and from Arranmore Island for over 100 years. We take great pride in being islanders ourselves as well as providing commerce and employment for locals.

Why Choose Us?

Choose us because we are islanders, employing islanders and trying to keep our island alive. Our knowledge of our homeland is second to none. We are proud pioneers of the Arranmore Experience, sharing our beautiful island with travellers and unlocking a unique part of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Meet The Team

  1. Seamus Boyle-Managing Director/Skipper
  2. Louise Boyle-Managing Director/Admin
  3. Rachael Early-Operations Manager/Admin
  4. Martin Gallagher-Skipper
  5. Philip Boyle-Engineer
  6. John Greene-Crew/Maintenance
  7. Michael Rodgers-Crew/Maintenance
  8. John Greene-Crew
  9. Paddy Joe-Crew

Our Arranmore Journey

2007

Business start up with 12 passenger Fast Ferry ‘Realt Na Maidne’ due to demand for early morning and evening sailings all year round. For the first time, islanders could commute and take up full time employment on the mainland.

2007

12 passenger back up vessel ‘Girl Gray’ purchased.

2008

96 passenger roll-on roll-off ferry ‘Bruernish’ leased to meet demand of larger numbers.

2009

96 passenger roll-on roll-off ferry ‘Morvern’ purchased. Extensive refurbishment works to be carried out.

2011

Roll-on roll-off back up vessels ‘Yoker Swan and Renfrew Rose purchased, both requiring major refurbishment.

2013

Morvern extended by 4 metres, allowing for larger carrying capacity of vehicles and making her the largest ferry operating the Burtonport to Arranmore route.

2014

12 passenger Tyne Class ex-lifeboat ‘Ocean Warrior’ complemented our service.

2014

Vessel ‘Yoker Swan’ sold to operate Baltimore to Sherkin Island route.

2016

Vessel ‘Renfrew Rose’ was replaced with the purchase of the ‘Misneach’ ,which was the first roll-on roll-off ferry to service Arranmore Island back in 1984.

2019

96 passenger roll-on roll-off ferry ‘Canna’ undergoing total refurbishment to compliment our fleet.