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Aran Island and Cliffs of Moher in one day?

Hello!
Assuming that ferries are not shut down by the weather. Is it possible to see the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher in one day. My thought is to maybe to sail out of Galway/Rossaveal and then leave on the ferry to Doolin in the afternoon to experience the Cliffs. We have heard that the Cliffs are much better to visit later in the afternoon but I am concerned that we are packing too much travel/sight seeing into one day. Is this a feasible day trip?

Thanks!
-Ryne

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Yes you can see both in one day. We had weather issues and were able to schedule for an 11 ferry leaving Doolen. There are 3 ferry companies and ours left last @ 11:45 for Inisheer. All ferries left to return @ 2:30 as the dock is larger allowing all to leave almost at once. We had the combo so we were able to return to Doolen, stay on the boat and sail near the Cliffs of Moher experiencing the tremendous views from the water. We returned around 5 and then drove to the Cliffs, parked in their lot and walked along the trail for 2 hours - less visitors then. Suggestions would be to leave as early on the ferry as you can; have a picnic lunch with you and enjoy.

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Thanks Gail!
Would you recommend one ferry company over the next or are they all pretty much the same?

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Ryne - All the ferries are scheduled for the same time, but as the dock in Doolin is small, only one can leave at a time. The earliest time is 10 am, but you are at the mercy of the weather. All the boats seemed about the same size but some may have more outdoor sitting space. I don't know about sailing out of Galway/Rossaveal. You can purchase combo tickets as well - Bill O'Brien offered partial refund if the weather turned bad and a trip near the Cliffs wasn't possible. What is nice about leaving out of Doolin, in my opinion, is that if you can't sail that day, you can always either hike or drive to the top of the Cliffs and then drive through the Burren a bit.