Inishmore – the 2nd most popular staycation destination in Ireland

Airbnb recently unveiled the top 10 most popular staycation destinations for Irish people using the service. Inishmore came in 2nd place behind Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.  

People travel from all over the world to visit Inishmore, so its hardly a surprise when our friends on the mainland want to come and visit too. When local attractions consist of ancient forts such as Dún Aonghasa (World Heritage Site), Dún Dúchathair, and other ancient monastic settlements, its no wonder people want to visit an island lost in time!

Dun Aonghasa on Inishmore.

Inishmore is also home to another world-famous attraction; Poll na bPeist or The Wormhole, a stop on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in 2014 & 2017. The Wormhole is a naturally carved rectangular shaped blowhole, it’s approximately 25m long by 10m wide. The Wormhole is extremely dangerous to swim in and we kindly ask you to NOT swim in the wormhole. The rescue services have had far too many calls to the Wormhole in recent years, so please enjoy its beauty from a safe distance.

Beautiful scenery and ancient forts aside, when it comes to nightlife, Inishmore does not disappoint. For a small island with a population of 800 people, it has one off-license and 4 pubs. It’s not a matter of if you’ll have a good time, it’s a matter of where.

Galway City to Inishmore by passenger ferry
Aran Islands Ferry Saoirse na Farraige off the Cliffs of Moher. Source: Aran Islands Ferries

Getting to Inishmore has never been easier, with passenger ferries sailing from Rossaveel, Galway City, Doolin. There is even an air service from Connemara Regional Airport that services all three of the Aran Islands. Ireland’s largest domestic ferry operates from Galway City to Inishmore, this trip was awarded “Best Irish Experience 2021”.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your staycation and explore an island lost in time!