No holiday to Ireland would be complete without a trip to the mystical Aran Islands that are situated in the middle of Galway Bay.
The Aran Islands are located off the west coast of County Galway.
No holiday to Ireland would be complete without a trip to the mystical Aran Islands that are situated in the middle of Galway Bay. The rugged, natural beauty along with thatch roofed stone cottages that dot the islands provide a splendid example of Celtic and early Christian heritage and gives one the impression that they have just travelled back in time..
The islands are Inishmore, the largest, Inishmaan and Inisheer being the smallest. With Gaelic still being the first language of the islanders, a true feel for older Ireland is to be found. Throughout the islands, you will find the ruins of early Christian monasteries and fortifications, the best known being Dun Aengus which dates back over 2000 years, and many churches. The ruins of the House of Saint Edna, the most important Medieval religious settlement on Inishmore, can still be seen. Fishing is still the main industry on the islands and in many cases, the methods of the fishermen's ancestors are still used. The lives of these fishermen were the subject of the John M Synge 1904 play Riders to the Sea.
There are a number of options open in travelling to the islands. You may either travel by ferry from Galway City or Rossaveal, or take the very short flight on Aer Arann from Connemara airport. When planning your trip to the Aran Islands, one should take into account that accommodation on the island is limited as well as seasonal. During the peak season, over 1000 visitors make the crossing to the Islands each and every day.
No admission fees.
No opening times
A few days
Restaurant: Yes Car Park: Yes Coach Park: Yes Disabled Access: Yes