Area Highlights

  • Scenic Landscape
  • Unique Cultural Heritage
  • Clean Sandy Beaches
  • Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance
  • Lighthouse & Shipwreck
  • Cycle Routes
  • Craft Shops
  • Bars & Restaurant
  • Air & Ferry Ports
  • Historical Monuments

Description Of The Area

The three Aran Islands first known as "the Islands of Saints & Scholars”, are important elements of Irish and Celtic culture for their geological formation, historical and archaeological monuments and their linguistic and unique cultural heritage. Inis Mór Island (Big Island), Inis Meáin Island (Middle Island) and Inis Oírr Island (East Island) are situated at the mouth of Galway Bay and very accessible for day trips from Connemara. The Irish language is spoken here but mostly all of the locals on the island speak both Irish and English. The largest island, Inis Mór is one of the most popular tourist destinations. It is steeped in history with over 50 different monuments of Christian, pre Christian and Celtic heritage. Inis Mór has plenty of bars, restaurants, cafes, fast food outlet and food and craft shops. Ferries depart and return from Rossaveal Pier and Galway Harbour daily. Why not rent a bike on the island and spend the day exploring all it has to offer? Inis Meáin Island is where you’ll find a true escape from the modern world. This is the least visited of the three islands. Here you will acquaint yourself in the precious sanctuary of true Irish Cultural tradition. The island has a hilly landscape which offers clear views of the Cliffs of Moher on the Co. Clare coastline. A diving centre is located on this island allowing divers to explore the crystal clear seas and sea life. Inis Meáin also features many cultural courses such as dance and poetry. Inis Oírr, the smallest of the islands is shrouded in a distinctive charm and has the true feel of a classical isolated fishing village. At the pier you are greeted with a white sandy beach beside clear water, the fishing boats with fisherman returning at the end of the day with their catch. The main village area is beside the beach, sheltered by a small hill with a castle and a fort watching over its people. The island is small enough to be explored on foot or by bicycle with a few small hills and valleys. Visit the lighthouse or the shipwreck of the Plassy, this place is for exploring. The island village has a strong traditional community. Its traditonal music bar has a nationwide reputation for the finest music and great night out. There are plenty places to see, to eat, to drink and enjoy the island experience.

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