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Aran Islands

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The Basics

The Aran archipelago comprises three separate islands: Inishmore (Inis Mor, meaning Big Island in Irish), Inishmaan (Inis Meain, meaning Middle Island), and Inisheer (Inis Oirr, meaning East Island). Though many travelers only see the islands from afar, it is possible to visit all three, either by ferry or plane. For flexibility, book a round-trip ferry ticket in advance and explore independently on foot, by bike, bus, or pony trap from Inishmore’s main town, Kilronan. Guided day tours from Galway often combine a trip to the Aran Islands with a visit to the Cliffs of Moher on mainland Ireland and include round-trip transport from the city. Visitors can also take a guided day tour from Dublin, traveling to Galway by train before flying across to the islands.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

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Very enjoyable
Paul_R, Sep 2020
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
Excellent tour. Damien our guide was engaging and funny. Had loads of interesting information on the areas visited. We managed to see a few dolphins on the way out to the Aran islands which was cool... the islands and cliffs are both worth seeing if you are in the area.
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Our Galway experience
Loraine_H, Sep 2020
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
From start to finish our trip from doolin to one of the Aran islands to the cliffs of moher was the best day tour we've been on by far. Our tour guide and driver gerry was a lovely man and very knowledgeable about the area.Its a must if your going to galway 👌
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Excellent Value for Money
phoebe_L, Oct 2020
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
Brilliant. My first time travelling solo and was completely put at ease. Tour guide was great craic and very informative, the cruise around the cliffs was excellent, the best part. Honestly don't think I can fault it. Social distancing and safety was taken seriously. I will say to be on time for the start of the tour as they WILL leave on the dot without you. Highly recommend this tour if you're visiting Galway, or just in general!
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Excellent tour
Alessandra, Aug 2020
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
The tour was excellent. Everything on time, clean, and worthy comments. 100% recommended. We had a blast. Do not miss the chance to get It if you are around.
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Solo trip to Ireland
jayjp89, Nov 2019
Aran Islands Scenic Flight and Galway Rail Tour from Dublin
Out of the 5 days that I stayed in Ireland this by far was the best day of my entire trip. Got to experience a scenic route via train and a private plane, not to mention the hike as well as ample amount of time in Galway. I would highly recommend this to anyone that travels.
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Fun, comfy trip to the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher
snehavii, Oct 2019
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
Raymond ensured we had a comfortable ride and was an entertaining host throughout. Enjoyed his stories and local anecdotes! The Aran islands were lovely and unspoilt, and the cliffs of Moher were lovely on the sunny day! We had around 1.5 hours at the island for a tour and lunch, and another 1.25 hours at the cliffs of Moher, apart from a nice ferry ride to see the cliffs from the ocean. Definitely recommend the trip!
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A GREAT DAY
CHARLES_E, Oct 2020
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
This was a very enjoyable trip. The driver (Gerry) was friendly and imparted his knowledge of the area to us. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip but the highlight was visiting Inis Oirr which is a truly magical place.
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Ferry to Inishmore
Navigator821089, Jun 2019
Inis Mor- Aran Islands ferry from Doolin
We took the ferry to Inishmore. Was a little confusing on where to go, the ticket we had did not work, but they reprinted one for us, very easily. The man who worked the boat was the unhappiest man we encountered this whole trip-the water was a bit rough, if you are sensitive to that, you might want to take something for it
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Amazing views !
curlycourt10, Jun 2019
Aran Islands Scenic Flight and Galway Rail Tour from Dublin
We were very lucky and had great clear weather . It is a lot of travel time on the train and buses but once you get there the trip was worth it ! Gorgeous views after a little rocky hike up . Cute little town great restaurants and stores with a huge selection of Aran knit sweaters . Our tour guide in the island was funny and charming !
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1st trip, not the last
bergerps2208, Sep 2019
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
Our tour went from Galway to the Aran islands and the Cliffs of Moher. Our driver/guide John was excellent. Great job driving and also explaining what we were seeing!
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Interesting and fun tour
Safari27489633155, Sep 2019
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
Due to the high winds, the ferry company canceled the trip to the Aran Islands. The bus company offered us alternatives of refunding our money, rescheduling the trip, or continuing on the trip with a stop at the Aillwee cave. We chose to stay on the trip. Cave was so-so; better caves in US. Weather at the cliffs was very windy and rainy. Jon, the tour guide did an excellent job and provided us with much humor and information.
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Cliffs of Moher and Aran Island
Mary_H, Aug 2020
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
This was an amazing trip, Damien our driver/tour guide was very courteous and knowledgeable. I would recommend this trip to everyone. Thank you Viator for a great day! Marian Hamill

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Aran Islands are primarily an Irish-speaking region known as a Gaeltacht, although English is widely spoken.

  • Ferries can accommodate passengers with wheelchairs with advance notice.

  • Ferry sailings are weather dependent and may be canceled if conditions are poor.

  • Wear warm clothes and bring a waterproof layer.

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How to Get There

Take the ferry to any of the three islands from Rossaveal in County Galway or from Doolin in County Clare. Departures from Doolin are seasonal (generally from March to October), while ferries depart from Rossaveal year-round. Ferries usually take between 40 and 90 minutes, while the journey is just 10 minutes by plane.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit the Aran Islands is between April and September. During summer, calm conditions and clear skies are more common, though not guaranteed.

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Dive into Aran Islands History

The Aran Islands are littered with the ruins of historical structures. Inishmore is home to the Iron Age fortresses of Dun Aengus (Dun Aonghasa) and the Seven Churches, an assortment of crumbling chapels, crosses, and religious buildings dating from the eighth to 11th centuries. The less-visited Inis Meain and the smallest island, Inis Oirr, also have impressive ruins—the former in the form of a fourth-century fort, and the latter, a three-story 16th-century castle.

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