No trip to an island paradise would be complete without catching a gorgeous sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. These top 5 places to watch the sunset on the Aran Islands provide an opportunity for reflection and relaxation like none other – something that everyone should experience at least once during their visit! Why not make it romantic? pick up a bottle of wine and some cheese and crackers from the local supermarket and enjoy as the sunsets over the ocean.
5. Dun Eochaill
The highest point of Inis Mor which offers amazing views of the whole island, Connemara and the Cliffs of Moher. If you don’t have time to dedicate a whole evening to chasing a sunset, Dun Eochaill is the place to go. Located in Eochaill, its about a 10 -15 minute bicycle ride from the main village of Kilronan.
4. The Black Fort
The Black Fort is similar to Dun Aonghasa but far less popular. Unlike Dun Aonghasa, there is no specific footpath the fort which creates more of an untouched appearance. The road to cliffs from where the Black Fort is visible, is unpaved and has loose gravel, it is very difficult to cycle up and most people park their bicycles and walk. The walk from the start of the loose gravel road to the Black fort is approx 40mins, however, it only takes about 10-15mins to hike to the cliff top. Anywhere along the cliffs is a great spot to watch the sunset.
3. The Wormhole
The Worm Hole or Poll na bpeist has become a very popular attraction on Inis Mor since the Red Bull Cliff Diving was held there in 2015 and 2017. The Worm Hole is a naturally formed rectangular shaped pool located on the South side of the island. The wormhole is a great place to watch the sunset however, a short walk further west also offers some amazing views of Dun Aonghasa, the cliffs and make a great place to watch the sunset.
2. Dun Aonghasa
Why not watch the sunset from a 3000 year old stone fort located on the edge of a 300ft cliff. Dun Aonghasa is the most popular attraction on Inis Mor and has a lot of foot traffic during the day. However, if you go there in the evening, you could have the whole place to yourself to watch the sunset.
Bungabhla is the westernmost village on Inis Mor and its one of the most beautiful locations to watch the sunset. There are two fantastic locations in Bungabhla to catch a sunset. One is approximately half a mile from the end of the road, overlooking Eeragh lighthouse and Brannock Island where a scene from The Banshees of Inisherin was shot. The second location is at the cliffs at Bungabhla. To find the cliffs, head to the end of the road and follow a grass pathway South towards the cliffs, it is about a 15min hike but a spectacular spot to watch the sunset and a fantastic view of the cliffs.
If you’re an early riser and would like to catch a sunrise on the Aran Islands, check out our Top 3 places to catch a sunrise on the Aran Islands.