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Fáilte go hÁrainn
Official Guide to the Aran Islands

Plan your visit

Planning on visiting the Aran Islands?… Here you can find all the details you need to plan your trip.

Passenger ferry or airplane are the two forms of transport to get to Inis Mor. There is no daily car ferry to the Aran Islands

By Sea

Galway City – Inis Mor via Cliffs of Moher

  • Awarded “Best Irish Experience 2021”
  • Seasonal Sailings (April 15th – September 15th)
  • Cost (round trip): Adult €49; Child €25
  • Book Here

Rossaveel, Co. Galway – Inis Mor

  • Sailings operates year round
  • Cost (round trip): Adult €30; Child €15
  • Book Here

Doolin, Co. Clare – Inis Mor

By Air

Connemara Regional Airport – Inis Mor

  • Flights operate year-round subject to weather conditions
  • Cost (round trip): Adult €55; Child €27
  • Book Here

Inis Mor has a great variety of accommodation types from Hotels, Glamping, Hostels, B&B and Camping.

For a more detailed look at the accommodation available on each Inis Mor click here.

There are a variety of ways to get around Inis Mor from cycling, bus tours, pony & trap tours and walking. All of the tour operators are located by the ferry terminal upon arrival.

Renting a bike from Aran Bike Hire is one of the most popular ways of exploring the island.

Dun Aonghusa

Dun Aonghusa is the most popular attraction on Inis Mor. Located on edge of a 300ft cliff on the south side of the island, it is a semicircular stone fort overlooking the Atlantic with amazing views that stretch the length of the island.

Dun Aonghusa is the largest of the prehistoric stone forts on the Aran Islands. It is enclosed by three massive dry-stone walls and a “chevaux-de-frise” consisting of tall blocks of limestone set vertically into the ground to deter attackers.

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. It is strongly advised not to swim at the wormhole.

Seal Colony

The Seal Colony is located on the North side of Inis Mor along the coast road approximately 2 miles from the main village of Kilronan. Seals can be seen sun bathing on the rocks at low tide. Adjacent to the seal colony is a small lake that has wild swans, ducks lurking in the reeds as well as many rare birds.

Clochan na Carraige

Located in the village of Kilmurvy, Clochan na Carraige is an oval shaped stone hut sometimes referred to as a bee-hive hut. It has a corbelled roof and two opposite doorways. Clochan na Carraige has been considered to be one of the best preserved stone beehive huts in Ireland.

Dun Duchathair (The Black Fort)

Dun Duchathair is a hidden gem on Inis Mor. This fort is situated on the cliffs in Cill Éinne (Killeany), Inis Mór. Some visitors enjoy the solitude of it in contrast with the busyness of Dún Aonghasa. The fort consists of a terraced wall surrounding the remains of some early dwelling houses known as Clocháns (stone houses).

Teampall Bhenain

This is reputedly the smallest church in Ireland. It stands on a hilltop overlooking Cill Éinne Bay and is a landmark on the island for fishermen at sea. It dates from about the 7th century. The views from it are outstanding. Nearby are the remains of a cashel wall and a clochán.

Na Seacht dTeampaill (Seven Churches)

Located in the village of Eoghanacht in the west of Inis Mór, the seven churches was for centuries one of the biggest monastic foundations and centres of pilgrimage along the west coast of Ireland. Breacan is believed to have come here in the earliest period from Kilbrecan near Quin in County Clare. Tradition on the island has it that his foundation rivalled St Enda’s foundation in the east of the island. Indeed the two saints are held to have eventually agreed to divide the island between them.

Puffing Holes

The Puffing Holes are located on the Southeast corner of Inis Mor. On a stormy day water can be seen to shoot up through them.

Cycling

Swimming

Scuba Diving

Kayaking

Snorkeling with seals

Hiking

Inis Mor has some great options when it comes to food.

SPAR Supermarket & Off-license

The Galley Chipper

Bayview

Joe Watty’s

Madigan’s

The Bar

Teach Nan Phaidi

There are 4 pubs on Inis Mor.

Joe Watty’s

The Bar

Madigan’s Bar

Joe Macs

All four pubs are located in the main village of Kilronan.

Passenger ferry or airplane are the two forms of transport to get to Inis Meain. There is no daily car ferry to the Aran Islands

By Sea

Rossaveel, Co. Galway – Inis Meain

  • Sailings operates year round
  • Cost (round trip): Adult €30; Child €15
  • Book Here

Doolin, Co. Clare – Inis Meain

By Air

Connemara Regional Airport – Inis Meain

  • Flights operate year-round subject to weather conditions
  • Cost (round trip): Adult €55; Child €27
  • Book Here

Inis Meain has a variety of accommodation types from Hotels, Suites, and B&B’s.

For a more detailed look at the accommodation available on each Inis Meain click here.

There are a variety of ways to get around Inis Meain from cycling, bus tours, pony & trap tours and walking.

Cathaoir Synge

Irish writer J.M. Synge very much made this island famous in modern culture.  He lived on Inis Meáin for considerable time between 1898 and 1902 and drew a lot of inspiration from the island culture.

Leaba Chinnderig

Located directly behind the priest’s house which is in the center of the island. The grave itself is dated from the 7th century although the exact date is not known. This is said to be the resting place of a Leinster Princess. Locals on Inis Meain gather for an annual mini-pilgrimage on the 15th of August and venture to the grave and Saint Kenderig’s Well in the field nextdoor.

Dun Fearbhai

What is intriguing about this fort is the condition it is in and its circular shape. This suggests that it predates christianity as forts tended to be more circular. Nonetheless, this fort is in very good condition and it really gives you an insight into ancient Ireland.

Dun Crocbhur

Dún Crocbhur is one of those forts that will simply bring an overwhelming sense of sheer beauty and dramatic scenery. It will also definitely be one of the best fort experiences you could have in Ireland because of an impressive intricate design and complete mystery surrounding who built it and its purpose. Classified as a National Monument also because of its design, Dún Crocbhur is the largest stone fort on all three Aran Islands and stands defiantly at the highest point of the island with protective nature and is in full view no matter where you are.

Cycling

Swimming

Hiking

Inis Meain Restaurant & Suites

Tig Congaile

Teach Osta

An Dun

Siopa – local shop

Passenger ferry or airplane are the two forms of transport to get to Inis Oirr. There is no daily car ferry to the Aran Islands

By Sea

Rossaveel, Co. Galway – Inis Oirr

  • Sailings operates year round
  • Cost (round trip): Adult €30; Child €15
  • Book Here

Doolin, Co. Clare – Inis Oirr

By Air

Connemara Regional Airport – Inis Oirr

  • Flights operate year-round subject to weather conditions
  • Cost (round trip): Adult €55; Child €27
  • Book Here

Inis Oirr has a great variety of accommodation types from Hotels, B&B and Camping.

For a more detailed look at the accommodation available on each Inis Oirr click here.

There are a variety of ways to get around Inis Oirr from cycling, bus tours, pony & trap tours and walking. All of the tour operators are located by the ferry terminal upon arrival.

Plassey Shipwreck

The Plassy is located on the most easterly point of the island. It is best known as the shipwreck on the foreshore of ‘Craggy Island’ in the TV comedy, Father Ted. The Plassey was formerly a cargo ship which ran onto some rocks near Inis Oirr in 1960. The ship was later moved up onto the rocks by heavy seas and this is where it now rests, much to the bewilderment and surprise of many visitors to the island.

O’Briens Castle

O’Brien’s Castle, also called Furmina Castle, is an early 15th century tower house and National Monument that you can’t miss when you arrive. O’Brien’s Castle is located at one of the Island’s highest points, in the north of Inisheer. The castle was built by the Clann Teige, a branch of the powerful O’Brien (Uí Briain) family, in the early 15th century around 1400. It was taken by the Ó Flaithbheartaigh (O’Flahertys) around 1582. It was captured and slighted by Oliver Cromwell’s army in 1652, during the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland.

Inis Oirr Lighthouse

The Inis Oírr or Fardurris Point Lighthouse, is an active 19th century lighthouse located adjacent to the Plassey Shipwreck. The two keeper’s houses are built close by, but the light is now maintained by an attendant living some distance away, who monitors the equipment via a radio link. You can get stunning views of the Cliffs of Moher from this point on the Island.

Teampall Chaomhain

St Caomhán’s church (10th -14th century) is located in the island’s graveyard.  Be sure to see these sunken ruins that are truly unique and not to be missed.  Until very recently the Island community used to dig out the sands that the Atlantic winds brought in, almost completely burying the church. The site would have been buried and possibly lost but for this tradition. This is the main burial site still used on the island today.

Cycling

Swimming

Hiking

Inis Oirr Hotel

Tigh Ned

Teach an Tae

An Currach

Seaweed Café

Tigh Ruairi

Saoirse na Mara

Inis Oirr has 3 pubs

Inis Oirr Hotel

Tigh Ned

Tigh Ruairi