Cape Clear Ferries has announced its summer schedule for west Cork, taking in Baltimore, Cape Clear Island, The Fastnet Rock and Schull.
The announcement coincides with the launch of the newest addition to the company's fleet - the Carraig Aonair (formerly Spirit of Doolin).
The Carrig Aonair is certified to carry 200 passengers, and is weatherproof and built to withstand unpredictable Irish weather conditions.
Statement By Cape Clear Ferries Representative
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Speaking about 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.
"Passengers can also then visit the picturesque Cape Clear Island and the Queen of Carbery's Hundred Isles, while those who want to take the tour as the sun sets can avail of our hugely popular twilight tours which return again this year.
"We are immensely proud of our regular year-round ferry service, our tours, our iconic rock, our wonderful Cape Clear Island and the surrounding islands collectively known as Carbery 100 Isles.
"The success of the tour to date is the result of a collective and unified approach from both ourselves and the small local communities that we work so closely with to provide the best possible experience for everyone who travels on our ferries. We are privileged to have a loyal and experienced crew with a core of lifelong seafarers from the locality and with a deep sense of commitment to the community they serve, mar a deir an seanfhocal, 'Ní neart go cur le chéile'."
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