ESCAPE TO A PLACE LOST IN TIME
The Aran Islands are a top destination in the West of Ireland. These beautiful Islands display Irish Culture at its best in many traditional forms. From winding stone wall boreens, beaches lined with fishing boats, to the craic of Island Pubs. When you arrive to Aran you instantly feel like you’ve been taken back to Ireland of Old.
Gaelic (Irish) is the main spoken language and backbone of life on these islands today. Though most islanders speak English too, Irish is still preferred by far. Life on the Aran Islands hasn’t always been easy. Through that famous tough Irish spirit and grit life on these Islands have persevered and thrived.
The Aran Islands are located about 48 km from Galway City. However the islands are only 8 km from Doolin Pier, Doolin, Co. Clare. Inis Oirr (Inisheer) is the closest Island to Doolin.
You can escape to a place lost in time when you take a trip to these beautiful Islands.
Which Aran Island to visit?
There are three Aran Islands to choose from when planning a trip.
Each of these islands are well worth a visit and will not disappoint. However, do we understand you need to make some choices when planning your trip. Below we have full information on each of the Islands so you can decide which island is the right choice for you.
Aran Islands Culture and History
The Aran Islands are a celebration of Irish language, culture, history, and music. You can find an amazing display of some of the oldest archaeological remains in all of Ireland. These Islands have everything from castles, prehistoric forts, ancient church ruins and dwellings, to holy well’s visited by its first settlers.
The Islands have a distinct character and life is slower here- a sanctuary to modern life. Aran Islanders preserve their traditions with great dedication while at the same time welcoming visitors to experience it. The thatched cottages and dry stone walls throughout the Islands display their dedication to traditional Irish craftsmanship.
No other item conjures up Irishness like the Aran Jumper (Geansai Arann). Irish Craft shops can be found on all three Aran Islands. Be sure to take home your very own Aran Jumper from the Aran Sweater Market.
Music can be heard almost every night in the traditional Irish pubs. If your looking to meet some locals and practice your Irish- this is the place to be.
Aran Islands Landscapes
Famous for their wild landscapes off the beaten track these islands never fail to wow. It is believed that the three Aran Islands were once one with the famed Burren, in County Clare. The islands are located just west of The Burren and are separated from it by the South Sound. They have most likely been separate islands for 8,000 years. Arctic flowers grow in the limestone pavement displaying the unique flora every spring.
The rich wildlife of the Islands is also another reason to visit. The local wildlife such as seal colony’s, dolphins, and basking sharks are something to keep watch for on your visit. Close by on the Cliffs of Moher is Ireland’s largest sea bird colony. So the islands are also a bird watchers paradise.
Immortalised in Irish hearts forever is the famous BBC series, ‘Father Ted’. This wildly popular programme brought Aran Islands and traditional West of Ireland culture to global audiences. Father Ted fans can visit the very places this iconic series was filmed such as the Plassey Shipwreck on Inis Oirr.
How to get to Aran Islands?
You can get to the Aran Islands by ferry from Doolin. Doolin Ferry Co. operates March to November, 7 days a week. See the full Aran Island Ferry timetable HERE.
How much is the ferry to Aran Islands?
Inis Oirr ferry ticket prices
Ticket prices range from 6 euro to 15 euro one way/inter island, and 18 to 25 euro return trip per adult to Inis Oirr.
Inis Mor and Inis Meain ferry ticket prices
Ticket prices range from 10 euro to 20 euro one way/inter island, and 22 to 28 euro return trip per adult to Inis Mor and Inis Meain.
Aran Island Ferry Family tickets to all three Islands are also available.
What to do on the Aran Islands?
We have you covered for all of the information on what to do on the Aran Islands. Simply click on the Aran Island that you are planning to visit and explore. You can enjoy everything from beautiful walks, bike trails, fishing and swimming, to camping, glamping and fine dining.
We have all you need to know about Aran Islands accommodation, transportation, and what to see and do.