Doolin Ferry

This week our featured business is Doolin Ferry and we spoke with the lovely Bláthnaid, learning all about what Doolin Ferry do, what adventures they can provide for their clients and they have even included an exclusive discount for all our readers, which you can avail of below.

Doolin Ferry Co are the original ferry company est 1970 by Bill O’Brien. Founded when he was only 19 years of age is now the largest and fastest ferry fleet travelling to the Aran Islands and providing an amazing experience of a  Cliffs of Moher Cruise. With three state of the art ferries you can be sure to travel in style on your trip to the Aran Islands. 

Hi Bláthnaid, what do Doolin Ferry do?

We provide transport to and from the Aran Islands on our express ferries. Only 15 minutes to Inis Óirr, 25 to Inis Meain and 35 to Inis Mór. We also provide a Cliffs of Moher Cruise that sails underneath the 700ft cliffs with fun & storytelling and interesting facts about the wildlife living at the base of this famous landmark. 

Do you have any exciting new experiences for future adventures

We have just launched our BRAND NEW EXPERIENCE. This summer we have launched an exclusive thrilling “Cliffs of Moher seafari”. This is perfect for an adventurer seeker looking for something different this summer! Explore sea caves and get up close with the wildlife and landscape underneath the Cliffs of Moher Read more here – This 10 person rib is also available for private hire!

Doolin Ferry Co. director and master sea captain Liam O’ Brien with dad and CEO Bill O’Brien at Doolin Harbour during the week. Photograph by Yvonne Vaughan Photography.

I hear you have an exciting competition going for any future passengers?

Doolin Ferry Co are giving away €3,000 to one lucky passenger at the end of the season! All you have to do is buy a ticket to the aran islands or cliffs of moher cruise and enter the code “Three” at checkout – good luck!

What are your prices?

Prices start from just €20 and packages are customizable 

Can you offer our readers an exclusive offer?

Yes, enter code IrishDF10 for 10% off all bookings excluding seafari & private hire.

If you would like to include an adventurous time with Doolin Ferry during your Perfect Irish Trip book in with us here to plan your dream itinerary

Thank you very much to Bláthnaid and all the team at Doolin Ferry.

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Perfect Irish Trip

Some pictures from adventures with Doolin Ferry

Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Travel

Eco -Friendly & Sustainable Travel Tips
We all want to see the world, but most of us agree that our current world is in a state of crisis and that if we don’t make some major eco-friendly and sustainable choices our future generations may not be able to experience the world and different cultures as well as we do today. One area in your life where you can make these sustainable choices for the sake of the planet is how we travel. We don’t need to travel less, we just need to travel smarter. 
Last week we attended the ‘Inspiring Sustainable Tourism’ conference in Croke Park, which was organised by EcoTourism Ireland and we picked up some good tips which we have listed below. 


Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Tips
Picture This. Instead of buying souvenirs and gimmicks enjoy every moment of your holiday and take many pictures and videos. Let the memories live on on USB keys, CDs, your phone or through or photo albums, not through plastic souvenirs.

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Fly Smart . We have a few points that fall under the flying smart category. After listening to a very inspiring talk given by Kenny Jacobs of Ryanair on how to fly smarter, we have some good tips to share.

  • Fly Smart. When booking your flights, fly economy (eco-nomy ;)). Flying economy allows the most space for more people to travel on one flight and leaves less of a carbon foot-print than business or first class, or even just choose to fly economy more often, but still sneak a bit of luxury in from time to time.
  • Book Smart Routes. Booking smarter routes means to dry to have little to no stopovers, to fly the most direct and straight forward route.
  • Newer Fleets. Newer fleets of planes have all been designed to cut down on CO2 emissions and being more eco friendly as opposed to how older planes were designed. Like most people, when booking a flight you might have no clue what age your plane is or even what plane you will be traveling on, on tip to keep in mind when trying to book on a newer plane is that most established airlines have the ability to invest money into newer fleets of planes as opposed to new companies who might try to save and by older planes and jazz them up and give them a new look (don’t get us wrong, we are all about recycling and finding a new lease of life for what we already have and also all about new businesses starting up, but on this particular post we are putting the main focus on how to travel more sustainably).

Research C02 Emission Rates. Some companies like Ryanair will make their C02 emission rates available to the public online via their website (which you can view here – Ryanair C02 Emissions). This is a great inactive to help consumers decide for themselves A) Which airline causes the least amount of damage after a flight B) Companies that are happy to be transparent with the public and C) More knowledge on aviation and the carbon footprint it leaves behind.

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  • Visit The Next Best Thing. With the internet we all now have bucket lists, we all now have to get THE PHOTO next to / in front of / on top of what ever the attraction is and we all want to be able to say yep “we came we saw we conquered”. But because we all think like this, we all tend to go to the same places and visit the same attractions. But with a bit of extra research we could see and discover things that no one even knows of. For example in Ireland swap The Cliffs of Moher for Slieve League Cliffs. If you would like more tours like this please feel free to get in touch with us and we will design your own personalised tour – Perfect Irish Trip Personalised Tours
  • Travel Off Season and During Off Peak Times. Traveling during off season is better in so many ways. Less damage. Due to the fact that there will be less tourists visiting top attractions there will be less damage done to the environment. When areas of nature (or anywhere) are over populated, even if only for a few hours, a lot of damage can be done, due to waste not being disposed properly or to have nature areas walked on too much or too many cars or buses parked in inappropriate places. More cost efficient. Travel prices, accommodation prices and sometime tourist attraction prices all go down in prices when visited out of season. Less queues and not as populated. During off season periods you will have less queues to stand in, less people in your photo backgrounds and more tour availability for popular tours.
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  • Pack Smart. Pack things you know you will need and you know you will use. One thing that you may not think to pack is your re-usable water bottle. Especially if you a re visiting a hot country it is good to have your water on hand that you can top u as your day goes. Also if you are someone who plans to hit the markets or shops, be sure to pack your reusable bag to carry along with you until you can then fit everything into your suitcase. 
  • Eat Smart. We all know that eating less meat is better for the environment, so we recommend that if you are not already vegetarian or vegan that you make a conscious effort while abroad to sample as many of the local fruit and veg as possible and try to opt for the vegetarian or vegan meal options regularly too. If this is something you are interested in let us know and we can recommend some vegetarian and vegan eateries free of charge. Contact us here – info@perfectirishtrip.com

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The conference was very good and very informative and even if you don’t work in the tourism sector it was still a great event to attend to increase your knowledge and awareness on sustainability and more ways to be eco friendly. 
We have more tips to help you be a more eco-friendly traveler, which you can find in our Sustainability section – Perfect Irish Trip Sustainability & Eco Tourism
We have designed an Eco-Friendly tour of iIreland which you can purchase here – Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Tour
If you would like your own personalised bespoke sustainable & eco friendly tour of Ireland designed, to suit all budgets from cost efficient – luxury you can choose one of our personalised tour packages here – Perfect Irish Trip – Personalised Tour

If you have any more sustainable tips you think we should have added, please let us know in the comment section below.

What is a Gaeltacht?

A ‘Gaeltacht’ region is an area where Irish only (or mostly) is spoken. Unfortunately, the national language of Ireland is not spoken commonly amongst the Irish people. Everyone learns it in school, but very few go to on speak it after or even remember how to speak it, bar cúpla focal (a few words). Certain areas in Ireland are known as Gaeltacht areas, where only Irish is spoken. It is spoken at home, at school, in shops and to family and friends. These areas are mostly quite rural and densely populated, with few people living in them. All the road signs will also be written in Irish, as well as posters and what not in shops and public places. If you can get to a Gaeltacht area, it is highly recommended to do so, where you can immerse yourself in the language.

Where are the Gaeltacht area’s?

As of 2016 there was an estimated 99,617 people living in Gaeltacht areas. Parts of counties Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Kerry, Cork, Meath and Waterford are all Gaeltacht regions.

In Galway the best Gaeltacht regions are An Spiddéal and An Cheathrú Rua, which are both west from Galway City Centre.
In Kerry, the best Gaeltacht regions are Corca Dhuibhne (The Dingle Peninsula) and Uíbh Ráthach (Iveragh Peninsula). Dingle town is a pretty place to see and visit and is famous for being home to over 30 pubs and Fungie the friendly Dolphin.

Some Irish words and sayings to know.

  1. Hello -Dhia Dhuit (Dee-a Gwitch)
  2. Good Bye – Slan (Slaawn)
  3. Thank You – Go raibh maith agat (Gu rev maw ag-at )
  4. How are you? – Conas atá tú? (konis ah-taw to)
  5. Good – Go Maith (Gu maw)
  6. Where is – Cá bhfuil (Caw vu-wil)
  7. Rain – Báistí (bawis-tee)
  8. Wet – Fluich (fluck)
  9. My name is ****** – ***** is anim dom (***** is an-im dum)
  10. Food – Bia (Bee-ah)

Public Transport Ireland

If you want to get around Ireland via public transport you are in luck. Ireland is kitted out to be easily accessible to travel while using public transport, with hourly buses and trains to most major towns and cities and regular commuter buses to smaller surrounding towns and villages. Cities like Dublin, Galway and Cork also offer city bike schemes with easy sign ups. 

Best Travel Sites To Help You Plan Your Route

  • Transport For Ireland (TFI) – TFI is a helpful website for helping you plan your travelling routes and methods. With TFI you enter your departure location, your destination location and your time of leaving and press search, you will then be presented with the best options, the time it will take, the costs of each different option and a detailed step by step (including a map)
  • Google Maps – Google maps is quite similar to the above, but offers slightly less information with regards to the costs of each journey, but if English isn’t your native language Google Maps may be the better option to start with initially to get the best understanding of your options and routes as it will provide the information in your chosen language.

Travel Options

Walk – Obvious, yes. Walking is the easiest way to get around most central city areas like Dublin, Galway and Cork, it is also the ideal way to get around little towns like Dingle / Cobh or Kinvara.
Bike Rental – Another great way to get around central areas is to rent a bike for a few hours. If renting a bike to site-see we recommend

  •  Dublin Bikes (a self-service bike rental system open to everyone from 14 years of age. With 40 stations, you can travel throughout the city centre, commute between home and work and get out and about to enjoy Dublin city at your leisure, just collect a bike and drop it securely back to a station), you can use Dublin Bikes with a Leap Card (info below).
  • Bleeper Bikes is similar to the above and probably more accessible to tourists. 
  •  GreenAer an electric bike rental company.

Bus – Ireland has a great bus system to help travellers get around

  • Dublin Bus – Operates throughout Dublin
  • Bus Éireann – Operates regular buses daily throughout Ireland
  • GoBus – Operates regular buses daily throughout Ireland

Rail – Ireland has a great railway system throughout. There are three different types, which we have listed below.

  • Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann) – Irish Rail operates throughout Ireland and is one of the fasted way to get around. With hourly trains to most destinations.
  • DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) – The DART operates throughout Dublin and the wider Dublin area (to Dublin suburbs like Bray, Greystones and northbound as far as Dundalk, County Louth)
  • LUAS (Irish for speed) – The LUAS services has two routes in Dublin, the Green Line (From Carrickmines / Sandyford / Dundrum or Cabra / Phibsrough into Dublin City Centre) and the Red Line (From Citywest / Tallaght to Dublin City Centre) 

Traveling From Dublin Airport

If arriving into Dublin Airport and wondering how to get to Dublin City Centre or other locations you have three options.

  • Car Rental – To see the most competitive car rental prices click into – Kayak 
  • Bus – There are many different bus options for when you are leaving the airport, no matter how far you are traveling in Ireland. For full info to see your best options click into – Buses From Dublin Airport
  • Taxi – There is a constant string of taxis in operation at Dublin airport 24/7. If you would like to calculate your fare from Dublin Airport to your destination click into – FARE CALCULATOR.

Travel Cards
Leap Card(Best For Dublin City & Bus / Rail)While traveling around Ireland you should consider getting a Leap Card (The TFI Leap Card is a contactless smart card for automated fare collection overseen by Transport for Ireland) for easy and convenient travel. The Leap Card can be used on Dublin Bus, Go-Ahead Ireland, DART and Commuter Rail, Luas and Bus Éireann. There is a Leap Card app (which you can download – HERE) which allows you to top up your leap card instantly. You can purchase a Leap Card in one of over 650 outlets across Ireland, they are available in most corner/ convenience shops. You can save up to 31% by using your Leap Card while travelling across Ireland. 
Open Road (Best for bus travels)Bus Éireann offers a tourist travel card – Open Road allows travellers to hop-on hop-off ticket that gives you the freedom to explore Ireland at your own pace and can be purchased from a ticket machine in any Bus Éireann bus station. For more information or fare prices click into – The open road passes can be purchased from a ticket machine in any Bus Éireann bus station upon your first journey purchase.
Iarnród Éireann(Best for train travellers – Info for tourists is at bottom of link page)Irish Rail / Iarnrod Éireann offers two types of tourist passes that can be purchased at any ticket office at any Irish Rail station upon your first journey ticket purchase. The two types of passes are

  • Trekker Four Day – Four consecutive days of unlimited travel on all Iarnród Éireann services in the Republic of Ireland from the date of issue on the ticket. €110
  • Explorer – offers customers 5 days unlimited travel out of 15 consecutive days on all Iarnród Éireann services in the Republic of Ireland for only €160 for an Adult and €80 for a child*. (*Prices shown are standard class fares.)

If you would like any help planning your trip around Ireland and wondering the best modes of transport most suited to you and your trip check out our Personalised Tour Page and get in touch and let us help you plan your Perfect Irish Trip Here

Getting Around Ireland

Ok, so you have set and a date and your bags are nearly packed, now you need a plan on how you are going to get around Ireland. Ireland is a very safe country to travel around. Even as a solo traveler. It’s easy to get around (especially with the help of Google Maps) and the Irish are more than willing to help you with directions. You have four ways to travel around – self driving, bus tours, rail tours or to be chauffeur driven around. We have listed all the information in to sections below

  1. Public Transport
  2. Self Driving
  3. Bus Tours
  4. Rail Tours
  5. Private Chauffeur Tours

Public Transport

In Ireland we have a  fantastic public transport system to help you reach your destinations with ease. As there is so much info on public transport, the best routes and options we have dedicated a post solely to public transport which you can read here – Public Transport Ireland.

Self Driving

One of the best ways to get around Ireland is to drive yourself. We are lucky in Ireland to have access to some of the world most beautiful scenery, the most wonderful and adventurous driving routes, like the Wild Atlantic Way (the worlds longest coastal driving route, covering a total of 2,500km) or the Ring of Kerry. By doing a self driven tour of Ireland you get to see every single part of the Emerald Isle that you want to see. It’s easy to get around for the most part (some country roads are quite thin and narrow). 
Here is a link to some of the best drives around Ireland – Ireland’s Best Drives – Perfect Irish Trip

Rental Car Link – Kayak Rental Car Competitive Pricing

Bus Tours

If you would prefer more of a guided tour around Ireland, there are plenty (and we mean PLEN-TYYY) of guided bus tours to travel around Ireland. You have two types of guided bus tours to choose from. You can opt for a holiday tour that travels all around Ireland and bring you to different hotels across the country for your stay. Or you can opt to stay in a few central locations and do day tours to some of Irelands top attractions across the Country.
Pre-Planned 7-14 Day Guided Bus Tour – 

Daily Operated Guided Tours – 

Rail Tours

  • Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann) – Irish Rail offers fantastic guided tours across their rail routes, offering travellers pick ups and drop off at each station, to help them meet their tour guide at their destination, in which they will then be brought to their chosen attraction or day tours. You have a choice between day tours (mostly from Dublin) or 2-3 Day Tours. For full into click into – Irish Rail Tours
  • Belmond Grand Hibernian –  If trains are your preferred mode of travel and you want to go all out, we highly recommend the Belmond Grand Hibernian, Belmond Grand Hibernian is the name of a luxury train service in Ireland. The service is operated by Belmond, the operator of several other luxury trains including the Venice-Simplon Orient Express. You can choose between a 2/ 4 or 6 night journey across Ireland. For more information click into – Belmond Grand Hibernian Ireland

Private Chauffeur Tours

If it’s better suited to your holiday and you would prefer a more private tour of Ireland, you can opt to for private chauffeur. In Ireland we have very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides ready to show you Irelands beauty. This tours are done in a high class, personal and intimate way, allowing to take in what Ireland has to offer with a 5* service. The companies we recommend are – 

If you would like any help deciding what the best travel methods and routes are for you, from the type of travel to the companies who are best suited to you and your needs to travel Ireland get in touch and let us help you plan your Perfect Irish Trip. Check our our personalised travel planning packages here – Personalised Travel Planning Products


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Traveling 101 When Coming To Ireland.

1. What plugs to use.

For Ireland the associated plug type is G, which is the plug that has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern.

2. What side of the road to drive on.

In Ireland drivers drive on the left side of the road. If you plan on ranting a car we recommend Hertz or Budget. If you are worried about driving on the opposite side of the road to what you are used to, we recommend getting an automatic car and/ or co-sharing the driving journey. If you are traveling Europe, other countries where you will drive on the left hand side of the road are – The UK (Britain, Scotland and Whales), Malta and Cyprus.

3. What currency is used.

The euro is used in Ireland and throughout Europe, which is great if you are visiting from Europe or if you are doing a tour across Europe, you will not need to keep switching currencies.

4. Irish weather and temperature.

Ireland reads the temperature gauge in degrees celsius. You can have 4 seasons in one day in Ireland. Irish people can have problems preparing for their day as they might dress in the morning for a sunny day, then by lunch time it’s lashing rain and they have dressed in sandals and shorts. During the summer months the weather is warmer, sunnier and mild. You can expect temperatures to reach between 16-20°C (60.8 – 68℉) and on average expect 10-14 days of rainfall during each summer month and showers in-between. The best advice is to dress is to pack light clothes, but also good rain coat and bring shoes you are happy to walk in the rain with as backup in your case.

  • During autumn months the temperature goes between 5-17℃ (41-63℉) and rainfall is expected on average of 16-20 days.
  • During winter months the temperature goes between 2-10℃ (36-50℉) and rainfall is expected on average of 13-20 days.
  • During spring months the temperature goes between 5-15℃ (41-59℉) and rainfall is expected on average of 10-17 days.

5. Emergency numbers.

In Ireland, if you find yourself in an emergency situation, you can call 112 or 999. You will be put through to an operator who will then help direct you to the appropriate line for either -the Garda Síochána (Irish Police), ambulance, fire and Irish Coast Guard. If you are travelling throughout Europe 112 is an emergency number you can use throughout.

6. National language.

Irish is the national language of Ireland, although everyone speaks English. Most people however might have a few basic cúpla focal (a few words), as Irish is thought as part of the secondary school curriculum, but most people forget the language as they do not use it. Some people attend all Irish speaking schools and have more than a few words and tend to keep the language and then in rural parts of Ireland, we have what is called ‘Gaeltacht Areas’, which are regions where only Irish is spoken. In these Gaeltacht areas, all signs are written in Irish, all the shops and cafes you visit will have Irish speaking workers to help you and all homes will have Irish speaking families in them. If you would like to visit a Gaeltacht area, we recommend you read this article.

7. Population of Ireland.

The estimated population of Ireland is roughly about 4.85 million people. A-lot to fit on one small green island.

8. The capital of Ireland.

Dublin is the capital city of Ireland. Dublin (or Baile Átha Cliath in Irish) has a population of over 565,000. Some of the most recommended things to see and do in Dublin are; To visit the Guinness Storehouse, Do a Viking Splash tour and visit Kilmainham Gaol.

9. Irish Timezone.

Ireland operates under the same timezone as the UK – April until October GMT and November until March GMT+1.

10. Do you need a visa to enter Ireland?

The short and simple answer, no, not if you are a visitor from the EEA (and including British dependent territories). To check if you need a visa, what type of visa you need and what documentation you need click here.

The Best Eco Friendly Ways To Travel

The Best Eco Friendly Ways To Travel

Traveling can be done in a very eco-friendly manor and every small change makes a huge difference to the environment, especially as more and more people choose to change their habits. Here are 5 eco-friendly travel tips to help you travel in a more eco-friendly manor.

  1. Try to take non-stop flights, if you are trying to cut back on your carbon foot print in the air, the best way you can do this is to avoid any unnecessary other take-offs and landings along the way.
  2. While on a plane try to avoid opening any complimentary plastics, like headphones or cutlery. Always try to think what you will need and bring your own. 
  3. Take a bus, train or tram whenever possible, which is highly recommended to get around Europe. Walk and cycle around cities, it gives you easier options to explore places you might not otherwise see, but make sure you take comfortable shoes.`
  4. Take a reusable water bottle with you, that you can fill up whenever needed. This one is an obvious one, but something people forget while away. Ask you hotel to top it up, using a clean drinkable tap in the morning at breakfast, so you have it with you for the rest of the day. 
  5. Reuse your towels, don’t have your hotel towels washed after every single use.
  6. Leave the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on your door, for the duration of your stay so that your room isn’t cleaned on a constant daily basis, using chemical sprays, changing towels & sheets and hovering.
  7. Don’t waste cosmetics. If you use hotel soaps and shampoos, make sure you use it all or take what you don’t use home with you, so that they aren’t disposed of half full.
  8. Always return brochures, maps and leaflets after you used them and do not take any unwanted tourist trap leaflets. 
  9. Don’t buy unnecessary tourist souvenirs, in Ireland especially you will see many side street shops with lucky leprechauns, woolly jumpers or posters of Guinness sprawled around, us Irish don’t use any of these on a daily basis and you shouldn’t buy them, unless you think you will get actual use out of them, they will eventually just pile up as unnecessary clutter in your home.
  10. Always look for organisations and business that are trying to make a positive difference to the world, for people, for animals and for the planet. Avoid animal mistreatment. Don’t enter a premises where you think an animal is being mistreated for profit. If you see any business advertising the likes of ‘pet a lion’ or Seaworld, avoid it at all costs and do not cast your consumer vote into a business like this. Most likely the animal was caught illegally and cruelly and now lives a life of misery. 

P.s. Last but not least – Being eco-friendly starts from how you cast your consumer vote. Buy some eco-friendly sunglasses for your holiday and for day – day wear, CRANN would be the best place to look, with many different styles and colours to choose from. Made from recycled and eco friendly materials, CRANN provide their customer with very high quality eco-friendly sunglasses.

These are only a few examples of some lovely eco-friendly places to visit in Ireland. If you would like more examples or you would like help preparing a plan/ itinerary of where you would like to stay and dine in Ireland you can look at our Eco-Friendly Tour of Ireland or have a look at our Perfect Irish Trip Packages. Happy Traveling.

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Saoirse