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Visit The Aran Islands
1.5 hours from Galway, Ireland

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The Aran Islands – Co. Galway, Ireland

Get to The Aran Islands – Co. Galway, Ireland
“The Islands of Saints and Scholars”

The Aran Islands are located just off Galway and Doolin. A true Irish experience awaits, locals speak Irish as well as English in a setting of Celtic churches of historical significance including World Heritage site Dun Aonghasa which is set on dramatic 300 ft cliff edge. The Aran Islands are a great choice for special holiday or break and has various accommodation options including Glamping, Bed & Breakfasts, Hotels & Hostels.

Essentials of the Aran Islands

Highlights of the Aran Islands

The Banshees of Inisherin

As a child, McDonagh spent regular periods in his parents’ home counties. “Even as a kid, I thought capturing this in photographs seemed like it could be interesting to me. So when you get into a position of knowing you’re going to make an Irish film, you have a catalogue of all the most beautiful places in your head. The Aran Islands were uppermost,” says McDonagh, 52. 

In the behind-the-scenes featurette, Martin McDonagh says, “What we wanted to capture in the film was the beauty of Ireland and the cinema of it. We just wanted to make one of the most beautiful Irish films we could possibly make.”

Filming on Inis Mór took place largely at Gort na gCapall and Bungowla, however, there were also some scenes shot at Dún Aonghasa and in Iaraine.

The film crew were very fortunate with the good weather they got in the summer of 2021 which led to McDonagh pivoting his production to make the most of the big western skies. “We got the most beautiful weather and we tried to structure the schedule so that we could capture that. We built places where you could film inside but if it was a beautiful day you can just run outside and do the outside scenes with ten minutes’ notice. That’s why we’ve got so many sunset shots and so many scenic shots that look beautiful at magic hour.”

Check out some of the best spots to watch a sunset on Inishmore here.

If you are looking for accommodation on Inishmore click here.

Spirituality on The Aran Islands

“The Aran island’s has a strong spiritual appeal expressed in many ways for a diverse range of people”

Because of its Celtic and Christian heritage, The Aran Islands has an unusually high number of ruins and sacred sites. Holy Ireland, the Island of saints and scholars has historically centered around Celtic and Christian pilgrimage. Just by exploring or being on the Aran Islands, one is on a path to connecting with their spiritual innerself and is being ‘blessed’. Many have been ‘healed’, attend spiritual ceremonies such as the Summer Solstice, increasing numbers are getting married on the Aran Islands, city dwellers, business people, and people who need time out to think gravite to the rejuvenation that the peace of the Aran Islands offers.

The Aran Island’s has a strong spiritual appeal expressed in many ways for a diverse range of people. The umbrella of a cross section of religions and ancient times attracts all sorts of people from various religious denominations and each year there are a large number of various groups on pilgrimage on the Aran Islands.