And they’ve just added a brand new 200-passenger Fast Ferry!
Cape Clear Ferries, the multi-award-winning ferry service, has announced its summer schedule for West Cork, taking in Baltimore, Cape Clear Island, The Fastnet Rock and Schull.
The announcement comes amid considerable excitement at the launch of the newest addition to their fleet – the ‘Carraig Aonair’, (formerly Spirit of Doolin). The new ferry is certified to carry 200 passengers to Ireland’s most southerly point. Most importantly, the boat is fully weatherproof and built to withstand unpredictable Irish weather conditions.
Just in time for summer, visitors can circumnavigate the iconic Fastnet Rock Lighthouse in the comfortable surrounds of the new ferry – with panoramic 360 views from both inside and out – with large saloon windows to enjoy the view and seating for 100 passengers inside.
The Fastnet Tour is more than just a ferry trip – it’s an experience, which is reflected in the awards and accolades Cape Clear Ferries have received for the tour over the years, including the Wild Atlantic Way’s Tourism Business of the Year most recently in 2022.
The tour has also been named among the top tours in Ireland by National Geographic and has topped the bill as an outstanding West Cork Maritime Tourism experience. Fáilte Ireland has also featured footage of one of our ferries rounding the Fastnet Rock in its national and international television ads.
Speaking in relation to the launch of the summer schedule, Karen Cottrell from Cape Clear Ferries said:
“There is always great excitement and anticipation ahead of our regular schedule launches at the beginning of the summer season, but this year we are thrilled to have the option to provide faster and more frequent tours around the famous Fastnet Rock – the tallest and widest rock lighthouse in Ireland and the UK.
“This offers a brilliant backdrop for great family adventures – sailing around the towering rock, savouring its rich history and magnificent location, often seeing whales, dolphins and basking sharks en route.
Cape Clear Ferries’ recognisable orange ferries connect Baltimore and Schull (from June to August) to Cape Clear Island daily, navigating through the islands criss-crossing picturesque coves and ancient landmarks to arrive at the island’s sparkling harbour.
Steeped in history, Cape Clear Heritage Centre is a must visit and exploring the island is a must, with local hostelries available for those who want to experience the famous Island hospitality.
Meanwhile, a sister company, Cork Harbour Cruises, established to showcase the coastal areas along Cork City passing Blackrock Castle and on to Cobh, (and recently named ‘Best New Business’ at this year’s Cork Business Association Awards) also continues its scenic harbour tours. Docked at Custom House Quay at the centre of Cork city, it will also welcome passengers on board throughout the summer with corporate packages and twilight tours available.
Further information on the summer schedule, current customised tours and reservations for the Cape Clear/Baltimore route, Schull/Cape Clear/Fastnet route see www.capeclearferries.com