The Aran Islands
Aran Islands, Ireland
Situated off Ireland’s west coast, the Aran Islands offer spectacular limestone pavements, awesome coastal scenery and a traditional way of life that is still very much alive. A day trip or an overnight stay will live with you long after you’ve returned.
The Aran Islands are a group of three islands, Inis Mor, Inis Meain and Inis Oirr off the west coast of Ireland in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way. The islands are at the mouth of Galway Bay, in County Galway but are also accessible from Doolin next to the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. The islands are made of limestone and resemble the landscapes of the Burren. Its 1,200 residents primarily speak Irish, but are also fluent in English.
Here you will find the traditional Irish way of life still alive. On the largest island, Inis Mor, there are numerous important Celtic Monuments and churches, miles of stone walls, abundant wildlife and fantastic cliffs, where the Iron Age ring fort of Dun Aonghas is spectacularly sited. You can hire a bike and cycle around the island exploring the various sights.
Inis Meain is quieter, but has the islands’ best accommodation and numerous quirky festivals throughout the year such as the Father Ted Festival in February. You will also find year-round traditional Irish Music in the local pubs. For a complete escape from the world, enjoy some time on Inis Oirr.