Getting to Inishmore

Inishmore is the largest and most accessible island of the Aran Islands. The island is accessible by both passenger ferry and airplane. The passenger ferries depart from Galway City, Rossaveel and Doolin. The airplane to Inishmore departs from Connemara Regional Airport. You cannot take your car on the ferry to the Island.

Inishmore Information & Highlights

Aerial photo of Dun Aonghusa on Inishmore

Explore a Historic Gem: Dún Aonghusa – Perch atop dramatic cliffs and peer down onto the wild Atlantic Ocean. Dún Aonghusa, a prehistoric fort dating back over 2,000 years, offers a glimpse into Ireland’s ancient past. Unwind on the grassy slopes, breathe in the fresh sea air, and imagine the lives of those who walked here millennia ago.

Kilmurvey Beach on Inishmore

Witness a Natural Spectacle: Kilmurvey Beach – Renowned for its breathtaking beauty, Kilmurvey Beach boasts pristine white sands and turquoise waters. Take a refreshing dip in the Atlantic, build sandcastles with the family, or simply relax on the shore and soak up the sun. This postcard-perfect beach promises an unforgettable experience.

The Wormhole on Inishmore with Dun Aonghasa in the background

Delve into a Celtic Mystery: The Wormhole – Unleash your inner adventurer and explore the Wormhole, a natural wonder where the Atlantic Ocean crashes through a rectangular opening in the rock. Witness the raw power of nature as waves surge and foam, creating a mesmerizing spectacle.

Delve into a Foodie Adventure: Indulge in the freshest seafood you’ve ever tasted, from succulent lobster to plump mussels. Sample local specialties like creamy Irish stew and melt-in-your-mouth brown bread. Inishmore offers a true taste of Ireland.

Cycling a bicycle on Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands.

Explore a Natural Paradise: Rent a bicycle from Aran Bike Hire and cycle around Inishmore’s rugged landscapes, encounter friendly ponies roaming freely, and witness a breathtaking array of wildflowers blanketing the island. Find your own secluded beach for a peaceful afternoon getaway.

Seal Colony on Inishmore

Visit the Seal Colony: The best time to view the seals is at low tide, when the seals are sun bathing on the rocks. The Seal Colony on Inishmore is beside the lake where swans, ducks, seagulls, and many other birds can be spotted.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Parking and Transportation: We understand many visitors arrive by car. Luckily, parking is available at Galway Harbour, opposite the Galway Harbour Hotel car park, Rossaveel and at Doolin Pier. However, please note that ferries to Inishmore are for foot passengers only.
  • Boarding: To ensure a stress-free start to your adventure, all passengers should be present for boarding 45 minutes before departure. If you’re driving, factor in extra time for parking, especially during peak season.
  • E-Tickets: Gone are the days of paper tickets! We’ve transitioned to a more sustainable e-ticket system. Your booking confirmation email includes all the information you need to board. Simply show the QR code on your mobile device to our crew.
  • Ferry Amenities: Relax and enjoy the scenic journey! Each ferry boasts a fully stocked bar and refreshment services, along with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating options.
  • Booking and Cancellation: We highly recommend booking your tickets in advance, particularly between April and October, as ferries fill up quickly. But don’t worry, changes in plans happen! You can cancel free of charge up to 24 hours before departure and receive a full refund.
  • Luggage and Essentials: Pack light, as there’s no limit on luggage. We recommend bringing essentials like a camera, comfy shoes, a rain jacket (Irish weather can be unpredictable!), sunscreen, and some cash, as some island businesses might not accept cards.

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