There’s no feeling quite like gazing out on the brilliant blue of the Atlantic Ocean from the great Celtic fort Dún Aonghusa on the Aran Islands! Sensing the salt on your tongue and the sea breeze on your cheeks is an enlivening experience – an Aran Adventure.
A visit to Aran can be a detox from the stresses of modern-day living. Wild, rugged and beautiful, Inis Mór has captured the imagination for thousands of years.
Prehistoric settlers, early Christian monks, pirates, farmers and fishermen have put down roots here building communities whose ruins today stick like bones from the landscape.
Aran, at its most basic, is a limestone reef , a hump of the Burren in the deep blue sea -dotted with forts, high crosses and churches- it’s an outdoor museum. You can wander through small villages and be enchanted while exploring the Island’s ancient monastic sites.
Sense the spirit of Gaelic Ireland; touch the past, and enjoy all the comforts and facilities of the present. This is an island of peace and tranquility, and an island of great fun and activity.
Getting to Inis Mór.
You can travel to Aran by passenger ferry from Ros a Mhíl in Co Galway or by Air from Connemara in Galway.
You may also travel by ferry from Doolin in Co Clare.
Information available from the following websites:
Aran Island Ferries provide a shuttle bus connection from Galway City to the ferry at Ros a Mhíl a port 23 miles from Galway City. If you decide to drive you are advised to allow one hour driving time and to check in 30 minutes prior to sailing.
Many sailings have a connecting shuttle bus that departs Queen Street in the City Centre 1 hour 30 minutes before sailing time. You may check in at 19 Eyre Sq. Shopping Centre.
Aer Aran Islands flies from Connemara airport : www.aranislandferries.com