Getting to Inis Meáin
Ferries and Flights to Inis Meáin Island, The Aran Islands from Galway
Ferries to The Aran Islands and to Inis Meain can be reached by both ferry and air all through the year. This guide to how to get to Inis Meain and the Aran Islands will help you plan your trip.
Where is Inis Meain located?
Inis Meain is one of the 3 Aran Islands located off the west coast of Ireland outside of Galway Bay. There are year around connections with the mainland with two ferry services and also air transport. Please note – it is not possible to bring your car over to the Aran islands, as the ferry services do not allow for this. Vehicles can be left at the ports and the airport before boarding.
By Ferry from Galway (Rossaveal) to The Aran Islands
The Rossaveal port is located about 20 miles away from the centre of Galway, and is the more popular access point to the Aran Islands. It is a natural stop along the Wild Atlantic Way, and also well connected with Dublin, which is just a few hours drive away using the M6. Galway is also well connected to Dublin and other parts of Ireland with a good train service.
Getting from Galway to the Port
A shuttle service runs from the centre of Galway to the port at Rossaveal and takes about an hour. This leaves from outside The Victoria Hotel which is around the corner from Eyre Square (Click Here for a google Map). If you are travelling by car, you can leave your vehicle at the port before boarding the ferry to the Aran Islands. Taxis are available from the centre of Galway.
The Crossing to Inis Meain from Rossaveal with Aran Island Ferries
The ferry crossing from Rossaveal to Inis Meain takes around 40 minutes. As mentioned, no vehicles can be taken on the ferries. The ferry service from Rossaveal to Inis Meain runs all through the year, although the number of crossing may be reduced in the winter. Contact Aran Island Ferries: www.aranislandferries.com
By Ferry to Inis Meain from Doolin
The alternative crossing to Inis Meain from the mainland of Ireland leaves from Doolin, although this is only a seasonal service running from April to October. The journey time is approximately 90 minutes, and no vehicles can be taken on the ferries. Anyone travelling by car can leave their vehicle at the newly renovated pier before boarding. The ferry crossing from Doolin is more popular with people travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way from South to North.
Getting from Doolin to the Port
Doolin itself is a relatively small rural town, although it is quite spread out, with the port at the far end. People travelling by car will have no problem reaching it, but anyone who is using public transport to travel around Ireland may need to consider taking a taxi to the port. Contact Doolin Ferries: www.doolinferries.com/ Contact Obrien Line: www.obrienline.com
Arriving on Inis Meain Island
No matter which ferry you decide to take to Inis Meain you will find yourself arriving at the terminal, which is the main town on the island.
Getting to Inis Meain By Air
Flights to Inis Meain are available via Aer Arann Islands based at Inverin (just outside of Galway). The plane only flies in good weather, and the timetable such as it is, subject to change. Contact Aer Arann Islands: www.aerarannislands.ie