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Official Guide to the Aran Islands

Getting to Inis Mór

Flights & Ferries to Inis Mor Island, The Aran Islands from Galway City

One can take one of the frequent  ferries to The Aran Islands.   Inis Mor can be also be a destination got  to  by both ferry and air, and these run services run throughout the year.  here you find all the information needed to navigate your way to Inis Mor, The Aran Islands. This will enable you to view all the choices you have when prparing your holiday to Inis Mor,  The Aran Islands.

What is the Location of Inis Mor Island, The Aran Islands?

There are three Aran Islands and Inis Mor is one of them. The Aran Islands approximate location is within Galway Bay which is positioned in the West Coast of Ireland. From Galway City Center there are bus services which connect you to both the Airport and to Port which is located in Rossaveal, Connemara. Please note, that the ferry does not have the capacity to carry vehicles for visitors. Your car has to be parked on the mainland.

Getting to Inis Mor by Ferry from Galway (Rossaveal) to The Aran Islands

About 20 minutes from Galway in the heartland of Connemara is where you will find the post of Rossaveal. Rossaveal is more popular choice for visitors to Inis Mor noted for the relatively calm crossing and short distance to Inis Mor Island. Rossaveal is also located in the center of the Wild Atlantic way. It is easily accessed to by any part of Connemara as well as Westport, Donegal, and Sligo. It is also easily accessed to by Dublin (a few hours via the M^ motorway), Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher.

Getting to the Rossaveal Port and then Inis Mor from Galway City Center.

There is a handy and frequent express bus (double decker bus) service that exclusively serves the port of Rossaveal and leaves from the center of Galway City. This express bus takes around  20 minutes. The Rossaveal express bus leaves from outside the Victoria Hotel which is located just two minutes walk from Eyre Square, the Galway train and bus terminal. If you wish to take a taxi from Galway to Rossaveal, this option is available. The main taxi rank is located beside Eyre Square.

Aran Island Ferries and the boat ride from Rossaveal to Inis Mor Island, The Aran Islands.

The ferry crossing from Rossaveal to Inis Mor takes around 40 minutes. As mentioned, no vehicles can be taken on the ferries. The ferry service from Rossaveal to Inis Mor runs all through the year, although the number of crossing may be reduced in the winter. Contact Aran Island Ferries: www.aranislandferries.com

Sailing times to Inis Mór

October – March: 10.30am, 6.00pm

April – September: 10.30am ,1.00pm,  6.30pm

Sailing times from Inis Mór

October – March: 8.15am (Monday – Saturday), 9.00am (Sunday),  5.00pm

April – September: 8.15am (Monday – Saturday), 9.00am (Sunday) 12.00pm & 5.00pm

June:  8.15am (Monday – Saturday), 9.00am (Sunday) 12.00pm, 4.00pm, 5.00pm

July – August:  8.15am (Monday – Saturday), 9.00am (Sunday),  12.00pm , 5.00pm,  6.30pm

Arriving By Ferry on Inis Mor Island from Doolin

One can also avail of the Ferry crossing to Inis Mor island from Doolin which is a villlage very close to the Cliffs of Moher, This is a smaller seasonal service that operates daily sailings to Inis Mor Island from Doolin Pier. This ferry service from Doolin operates from April – October. it takes 90 minutes to for the sailing to arrive in Inis Mor. As with the 60 minute ferry from Rossaveal, there is no option to take a vehicle on the boat. There is ample parking facilities to park your car whilst you go on your island excursion.

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. As with the Rossaveal ferry, we would strongly suggest booking your ferry tickets in advance.. Contact Doolin Ferries: www.doolinferries.com/ Contact Obrien Line: www.obrienline.com

Arriving on Inis Mor island, The Aran Islands

Arrival into inis Mor will be one of the  highlights of your journey. Noted for its exceptional beauty, The harbour itself resembles a traditional fishing village with a lovely white sanded beach with turquoise water surrounded by a few shops such as the village food market, tourist office, bike hire and traditional Irish pubs.

Getting to Inis Mor By Air

Flights to Inis Mor 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