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Fáilte go hÁrainn
Official Guide to the Aran Islands

The Aran Islands: Our First Night

Before we embarked on our week long trip to Ireland, my friends and I did what most people do: We asked around for travel recommendations. “Oh, you totally have to go the Aran Islands,” my friend Matt said. “It was one of my favorite places.”

Indeed, Matt was right. We arrived in the evening from Galway, our giant wheeled suitcases in tow, unsure of what to expect. Could we catch a cab to our Inn? Where could we find a restaurant? More importantly, why hadn’t we done any research on this particular location before we came? We’d read up on every other destination.

Aran Travel Tip #1: It’s more remote than you’re probably expecting (in a good way). There are no taxis and no rental car depots, so plan ahead.

So what are five weary travelers to do when arriving to a remote Irish island after dark? Fortunately, Noel came to our rescue.

 

Noel and girls

Noel and his five feisty charges.

 

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Energy Self-sufficiency on the Aran Islands – blog

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Did you know that the Aran Islands are planning to augment their clean-green image in the next ten years by getting rid of the use of fossil fuels altogether from the islands. At the moment, it is not possible to buy petrol legally on Inis Mor. This is because the health and safety regulations and the insurance costs associated with its transport and storage make it uneconomical for anyone to import it legally. However, instead of trying to get it back, we are going the opposite direction and planning to get rid of diesel and kerosene as well!

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The Worm Hole

This has become a huge attraction in recent years due to it being a location for the Red Bull Cliff diving series. It is a natural rectangular shaped pool into which the sea ebbs and flow at the bottom of the cliffs south of Dún Aonghasa on Inis Mór. Access to it is gained by walking east along the cliffs from Dún Aonghasa or more easily by following the signs from the village of Gort na gCapall. This takes only about 15 minutes walk from Dun Aonghasa.

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Kilronan Village

Kilronan is a bustling little fishing village and hosts the port where boats to Inis Mor Island Dock. Most people hire bikes for the 6km trip to Dun Aonghasa. The village is the perfect place to get a coffee, use the Islands only ATM machine at the local SPA,
drop you bag off where you are staying, have a swim in the turquoise water, watch the goings on in village life, people watch, and just relax in the sun. On return from Dun Aonghasa, Kilronan village is a great place for a Pint of Guinness.

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Dun Aonghasa History

Who Aongus was is unknown. According to legend , Aonghas belonged to a high ranking dynasty who were displaced from …

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Surfing

Being that the Island is on the edge of Galway bay, the swells generated make for good surf in certain …

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Walking

The Aran Islands landscape makes an ideal setting for walkers of all levels. It is relatively flat although there are …

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Geneology

Geneology is the search for family history records for past generations. Genealogy has long had an important position in Irish …

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