Aran Islands, Ireland
The Aran Islands are a group of three islands located at the mouth of Galway Bay, on the west coast of Ireland. The largest of the islands is Inis Mór - is only 12km by 3km in size. All are barren, rocky islands with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Inis Mor is the largest of the three Aran Islands (7,635 acres) and includes several ancient stone forts and churches among its antiquities. Most impressive of the stone forts is Dun Aengus. It is semicircular, resting on the edge of a perpendicular cliff rising 100 metres out of the ocean.
Inis Meain (2,252 acres) is the middle island and is said to be the most untouched of the three Aran Islands. Here you will experience the natural, cultural, traditional way of life of the islanders. The island is currently populated by only 200 people.
Inis Oirr is the smallest of the three Aran Islands (1,400 acres) and is an outdrop of the famous Burren Landscape in Co Clare. Having an abundance of flora, fauna and nesting birds, it is a haven for botanists and nature lovers.
* Iron Age forts
* Island Crafts
* Historical buildings
* Flora and fauna
Cruise Season – March - Dec
Currency – Pound Sterling (GBP)
Language – English
Population – 600 approx
Electricity – 2 vertical square pins and one perpendicular below British style
Time – GMT plus zero hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 44
Transport Links - Year round ferry services exist, but it should be noted that all ferries are passenger only, with no car ferry available. Although ferry services operate year round, none presently operate from Galway Harbour, and only Aran Island Ferries operate a year round service from Rossaveal in County Galway, connected by a bus service from Galway city.
Aer Arann operate an air service from Inverin which has connecting buses from Galway city to All 3 Islands.
Ferries are also available to the Aran Islands from Doolin in County Clare (Seasonal April 1 - Oct 31st). Information on the Aran Islands website.