An Aran Islands Day Trip

    Take a day trip to the Aran Islands for an authentic Irish experience. Here you can get away from ABSOLUTELY everything. The barren and rugged landscape is unique and beautiful. Irish is still spoken daily, and age-old traditions remain prevalent.  ...
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After the move

I certainly do miss it. Farther away than a breath from centuries old fort my former cottage dwelling hardly was. A lovely and quiet spot and just below the top terrace which provides an all-round view over the island too. Dún Chonchúir When one comes, and visit Inis...
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Lá na ceapaire or the day of the sandwich, New Years’ Day

Even the thrush did not give his early morning concert. Walking under a deep blue sky with some stars still shining brightly from above and a sea with glittering foam caps beside me the strong wind was my only companion. Rough weather It seemed as if there were even...
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A glance into island life

Time of daylight is almost rounded and the moon, soon be full, has taking over. End of the day Full Moon With a subtle touch, she soothes nature into a wholesome sleep leaving a trace of lavender coloured cover on the endless slabs of limestone. Lavender coloured The...
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Pure goodness

Almost day by day you can notice the difference; the stretch in the day is becoming longer. And with the prevailing of daylight above the dark winter the three months of winter are over. Early February It has not taken long though for this past winter has been rather...
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Fermanagh Farmers Visit AranLIFE

The AranLIFE project had a visit last week of farmers from another large limestone area of Ireland, South West Fermanagh. The Fermanagh limestone grasslands are part of the West Fermanagh Scarplands SAC and the Marlbank ASSI and are also a farmed area with a High...
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Early November

Embedded in a pale blue sky the few clouds are shaped like feathers of a seabird. Pointed southwards they are strongly driven by the wind coming from the north and blowing over Inis Meáin. It is cold this early morning but it is dry and that is the main thing. A fair...
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Bewildered

On a fair day you can spot her coming, even from far way out. She, banríon na farraige or queen of the sea. Well, a queen she definitely is but in her own right, I would say. The way for example she presents herself, every morning and every evening, is endearing; with...
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Accommodation-Inis-mor-Inishmore

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Accommodation Inis Oirr (Inisheer)

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The Darling Buds of May

Spring has sprung and the cuck00's and starlings have arrived singing their hearts out. The Dawn chorus is certainly louder and earlier. The fields are alive with Gentians, Buttercups, Bluebells, Clovers, Dandilines, Primroses, Sea Pinks, Forget-Me-Nots, Sea...

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Continuing development

Stillness Only shortly before Easter they were. Early in the morning and just before the sun was setting it was them taking the role of master of the sky. It was a delight watching and… hearing them. Different swarms of tiny little birds were patterning the sky. Above...

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An Aran Islands Steak

The other morning I saw some farmers moving cattle 'cows' and getting ready for the lasta Mara , our cargo boat. The cattle on Aran can be termed organic as they are pastured outdoors all year, moved from field to field, then they are sent to the mainland to be...

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Happy days cycling on Inis Mor

Moments like this are what it is all about. At the end of the day you can sense the happiness people feel after cycling around the Island and making their way up Dun Aonghasa and back. It is a great experience!!!. The post Happy days cycling on Inis Mor appeared first...

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The rights of Spring

The season has changed and once again the glorious light of spring bathes the Islands in its lushness. The dawn chorus gets louder as wait for the arrival of the cuckoo. The air is perfumed with ransoms and primroses. Aran is at it's most beautiful at this time of...

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Mils Muliaina at Aran Bike Hire

Mils Muliaina at Aran Bike Hire Not only was the weather at it’s most glorious over this past weekend, the Rugby supporter staff at Aran Bike Hire were delighted to see a famous All Black Rugby Player Mils Muliaina from New Zealand hire a bike and cycle up to...

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Twins cycling to Dun Aonghasa

Twins posing for a photo with Dun Aonghasa in the distant background. February 2015 A candid photograph of a pair of French speaking twins making their way to Dun Aonghasa on Inis Mor Island. Even though the weather was cold (photo taken in February 2015) you can...

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Three Cheers for the Aran Islands!!!

Three cheers for the Aran Islands Three Lovely ladies pose for the Photograph at Aran Bike Hire located on the Pier at Inis Mor Island. They have just returned from a day cycle to the Fort of Dun Aonghasa. It really is quite amazing how people are so jovial and happy...

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Arancini

The name above has nothing to do with the Aran Islands perse. In Italian it means little oranges. I remember it whilst watching the first game of this years six nations rugby match, Ireland versus Italy. A game that had out hearts racing as we noted how well the...

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Beannachtaí na Nollag

As we prepare for the festive season on Aran, out searching for Holly and Ivy to decorate the house and getting the 12 tall candles that we burn on Christmas Eve in the old West of Ireland tradition of lighting the way of the three kings. Our thoughts are with our...

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Aonach na Nollaig 2014

  There is a great sense of community on these islands and it is shown in many ways. At this time of year we look forward to our annual craft fair in the village hall. It is always a joy to discover some new or old recipes on the stall of the local ICA (Irish...

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A Breakfast on the Aran Islands

Good Morning, Often in the past when I have been in different parts of the world with my heart aching for my island and my eyes weary for the want of seeing my beloved island - in my mindseye one of the stand out and most personally treasured memories were the...

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To while the Winter Away

During the course of the busy season, there are not enough hours in the day for literary endeavors. In a way, this is an advantage as it allows one to stockpile all the books meant to be read for the long dark evenings. This past summer we have been fortunate to have...

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FINDING LOVE ON THE ARAN ISLANDS

I was initially inspired to write this heading when i saw that there was to be a singles weekend in the Island's Hotel, and it got me thinking.   I thought, imagined and, indeed, even reminisced about how the romance and magic of this Island can wrap a couple up...

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Warding off the cold of winter

  It is hard to believe that the summer is over after a spectacular September (the driest on record) we are into October with still mild days and cool nights that invites you to light a turf fire and sip from a Waterford Crystal tumbler, the liquid gold that is...

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The ubiquitous spud

As we send our commiserations to our celtic cousins in ecosse and hope that there engagement with the democratic process will heal the divide the yes and the no and bring about unity. I have fond memories of Scotland and remember returning from a visit to the Scottish...

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Aran ways and Aran Days

  I was struck very forcibly while watching the epic hurling match on Sunday at how, we Irish are different to the rest of the world.  I am sure that human nature is the same the world over but for many years we had a national inferiority complex and then...

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Swansong to the Aran Summer

In the quiet of the crisp autumnal morning enjoying the Indian summer bonus that September brings, I went for a walk along the lower road watching the swallows as they prepare for their onward journey. The soporific waves from the sea lulling one to an even deeper...

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Aran Island Journey

  The Aran Islands, they sound exotic, perched off the coast of Ireland, next stop Newfoundland. All I knew of them was the old black and white film, Man of Aran by Robert Flaherty. A dramatic soundtrack accompanying grainy images of rock strewn land, high cliffs...

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Aran Summer Produce

It really is summer when all the hard work of tilling the fields at last begins to show. Seeing the hay drying and the mombresia in full bloom you know it's august. That bitter sweet month of enjoyment and expectation. The abundance of fresh fruit and veg is mother...

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A Good Read

The last few days have been almost tropical with high humidity on Inis Mor. We must consider ourselves lucky that at least we have a sea breeze otherwise it would feel like the depths of the swamps of Louisiana. For my afternoon break, I headed to Frenchman's Beach...

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The Aran Islands are  located in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way. They are reached by Ferry from Rossaveal (which is the port when coming from Connemara & Galway). The Aran Islands are also accessible by Ferry from Doolin which is close to the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. There is also a small flight service to the Aran Islands.

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Knock Airport
Knock Airport
Rossaveal
Rossaveal
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Belfast
Sligo
Sligo

The Wild Atlantic Way

The Aran Islands are  located in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way. They are reached by Ferry from Rossaveal (which is the port when coming from Connemara & Galway). The Aran Islands are also accessible by Ferry from Doolin which is close to the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. There is also a small flight service to the Aran Islands.

Learn More about The Wild Atlantic Way

The Aran Islands

The Aran Islands
Guide to the three Aran Islands, Inis Mor Island, Inis Meain Island, Inis Oirr Island. © 2017 aranislands.ie