The Aran Islands consistently remains one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions.
Located off the Atlantic coast from Galway, the three islands – Inis Mór (Inishmore – “Big Island”), Inis Meáin (Inishman – “Middle island”) and Inis Oírr (Inisheer – “East island”) – are famous for their geology, history and culture, as well as their retention of the Irish language. The Aran Islands are one of the few places were people in Ireland still speak Irish in daily life.
Spending a day on the Aran Islands will transport you back in time, as you take in the lush green scenery while walking on the narrow roads, surrounded by thick stone walls.
You can take a guided tour, or a trip on a pony and trap, or simply hire bicycles and explore the beauty of the islands’ winding roads and beaches in your own time.
There are lively pubs, cafes and restaurants waiting to host you and ensure you round off your trip contented, with a satisfied appetite and full of unforgettable memories!
A visit to the Aran Islands is a must
There are two ferry companies which operate from Doolin Pier, the service operates generally from March until November each year. The route from Doolin to the Aran Islands is the quickest route by sea to the islands.
Inis Oírr – Inisheer
The smallest island is just 3km by 3km wide with small hills and intricate little valley’s and is best uncovered by foot or by bike. The walk to the lighthouse or Plassy Shipwreck is unforgettable.
Inis Meáin – Inishman
On Inis Meáin you’ll find the most authentic escape from modern life. With a small population of less than 200 people, visiting will give you the best chance to immerse yourself in Irish cultural tradition.
Inis Mór – Inishmore
Inis Mór, the largest of the islands is renowned for it’s abundance of historical monuments of Christian, pre Christian and Celtic mythological heritage.