The actual boat trip boarding was an absolute shambles at both ends ie mainland and Aran Is.
We were due to depart at 11am, so were at the jetty in plenty of time, ferry turns up, but it belongs to another operator, not that we were told, there is no information passed out, nor people advising what is going on, nor any form of announcement. So eventually another boat turns up, we start boarding (in a chaotic manner, ie no lines its a free for all) and finally depart at 11.35, arriving at Aran at 12.05.
We took a tour of the island and back to board for the 2pm departure. A boat was there but was not ours, again no information, no signboard, no one there to advise as to what is going on, you work it out from deduction and waiting in the wrong lines until you get to the head of the line to be told, no you are on another boat.
Our boat arrives at 2.30 for boarding - THE WORST PART OF THIS WAS THAT AS WE ARRIVED LATE WE RUSHED SAW PART OF THE ISLAND AND THEN HEADED TO THE JETTY FOR THE RETURN 2PM DEPARTURE, IF WE WERE TOLD OR IF THERE WAS AN INFORMATION BOARD OR ANNOUNCEMENT WE COULD HAVE SEEN THE REST OF THE ISLAND - But this was an absolute shambles.
The return trip via the Moher cliffs was excellent, a pity that sever lack of organisation but the vessel operator screwed up the day.
If you want to waste time and get frustrated used O'Brien.
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