Aran Island Travel Guide

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Aran Island Highlights

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     incredible landscape 

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     globalization hasn't got there yet! ;-) 

  • In a nutshell
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     Here, not in Dublin, you will find the real Éire 

Aran Island Things to Do

  • Dún Aengus

    One of the main tourist attractions on the island of Inishmore, is the vast stone fortification. Perched on the side of a steep 300 meter high cliff at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, it dates back to the `bronze age', to 1,000 BC or earlier... (a dun is a fort)

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  • Synge's Chair

    I haven’t got a photo of the actual place, but calling it a “chair” is a slight exaggeration. It is a small semi-circular stone wall at the edge of a cliff, and serves mainly as a shelter from the wind. It is just about big enough for 2-3 people to sit in, and a great place to just relax with a book, and look out towards Inishmore and Connemara,...

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  • Walk the Inishmaan Way

    There is a signposted walk around the island on which you will pass most of the points of interest on the island. We had a rough map, which one of my friends had picked up somewhere (the tourist office in Galway I think), on which all the sites were numbered and marked. The walk is not strenuous, but involves some walking on rough terrain along the...

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  • Synge's Cottage

    This is the cottage where the poet John Millington Synge used to live. It has open to the public from 12-2pm and from 3-4pm. However, as were were usually out hiking during the day, looking for some obscure megalithic stone slab or other, we did not get to go inside, and I’m not sure what there is to see there. Judging by other similar houses that...

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  • Puffing holes

    At the edge of the cliffs you can find some puffing holes. When the tide is coming in and the wind is strong from the sea, the water gets pressed through caves in the rock, and up through these openings on the surface, thereby sometimes creating quite impressive fountains jets.

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  • Stone Fort

    The hill in the middle of the island is occupied by Dun Conchuir, an ancient ring fort. The first entrance will bring you into the outer courtyard, with a second “door” bringing you into the inner circle. The thick ring wall has steps (some of them rather dodgy…) in regular intervals from which you can climb to the top of the wall and get an...

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  • Dun aengus

    One of the most famous attractions on the island is the stone fort of Dun Aonghasa which is a semicircular shape and is at the edge of a cliffside offering excellent defence to its ancient armies.

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  • Inis Mor

    Inis Mór is the largest of the three Aran Islands and is the most developed in terms of tourist facilities. There are about 900 inhabitants on Inis Mór making it by far the most populated of the islands.The main village on the island is Kilronan, which has a quite large harbour that accommodates a vast amount of tourist travel to the island. There...

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  • Wreck of the Plassey

    In a dramatic demonstration of the power of the Atlantic Storms, the Plassey which was wrecked in 1960 (without loss of life) on "Carraig na Finnise" Reef, was later thrown up on the rocks well above high tide mark. The islanders rescued the survivors and the boat now stands in the water for all to see.

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  • Tobar Einne- Inishere

    The holy well of St. Enda, the patron saint of Inis Mór, who is reputed to have lived in a clochán (beehive hut) nearby, of which hardly anything now remains. This well is greatly revered by the islanders.

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  • Teampall Chaomhain- Inishere

    This is the patron saint of Inis Oírr and his festival is celebrated on the 14th of June each year. The church ruins dating from the 10th - 14th centuries were buried under the ever-blowing sand, and have to be dug out regularly. At the graveyard entrance, the mass of shells is a kitchen of early Christian or Medieval date.

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  • O'Brien's Tower (Caislean Ui Bhriain)

    This is a really interesting ruin on Inishere. It’s great to look at in the sunset, when it just kind of looms up on the hill and over the town like a ghost. The castle is a three storey tower house probably built by the O'Brien family who owned the island up to 1585. It is built within a cashel perhaps dating to the early centuries A.D.You can’t...

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  • Dun Aengus

    One of the main tourist attractions on the island of Inishmore, is the vast stone fortification. Perched on the side of a steep 300 meter high cliff at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, it dates back to the `bronze age', to 1,000 BC or earlier...(a dun is a fort)

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  • on the edge...

    My `on the edge' picture... well there`s still space to go further back i thought!The way to do the real `on the edge' picture is to lie down along the ground and lean outwards, as far out towards the ocean as gravity agrees with you...;)

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  • Lighthouse on Inishere

    The view from the area by the lighthouse is pretty neat. It’s on the other side of the island and is a nice little walk, too. Be careful if you start treading towards the lighthouse, however. The rocks can get really slick and sometimes water splashes up between them. You don’t want to fall and break your neck.

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Aran Island Transportation

  • Currach

    During your stay on the aran island you may see one of the Currach.Very famous wooden boats after the film "Man of Aran" from R.Flaherty in 1934

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  • ferry to inishmore island

    Take an all inclusive tour from the tourist offici online.From Galway by bus and baoat including hostel for one night= 40 eurosa very intresting bargain

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  • Doolin Ferry to Aran Islands

    Cliffs and Aran Cruises run a ferry service from Doolin Pier in Co. Clare. They also have sightseeing trips to the Cliffs of Moher. We traveled with them last year and had a wonderful day trip to Inis Oirr. Would highly recommend this ferry service. www.aran-ferry-doolin.com

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Aran Island Shopping

  • Knitwear

    There’s a knitwear factory on the island where apparently lots of Americans show up to do their Christmas shopping for typical Aran knitwear. Many of the larger items in there like sweaters or jackets were rather pricey, but the fact they are originals and not mass-produced probably justifies this to some extent. But there are also some smaller...

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  • Aran sweaters

    The many tourist/ souvenir shops on the island will always stock the famos Aran sweaters...These hand-knit sweaters are said to have evolved from unique patterns used by each family and with oiled wool to repelled the rain.

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Aran Island Local Customs

  • Bonfires on St. John's Eve

    In June on St. John’s Eve bonfires are being lighted all over the Aran Islands, and after dark we could even see some in the distance on the Connemara coast. It was very nice to sit around the big fire with a bottle of beer, watch the flames and listen to some of the local teenagers belt out some songs, ranging from some Irish songs to “American...

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  • Where Irish survives

    The Aran Islands, as well as the Western coast of Ireland are the only places left whose inhabitants still speak Irish in everyday life.Irish is a Gaelic language belonging to the same family as Scottish, Welsh and Breton. It is very different from English.

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  • Mostly Gaelic spoken here

    The Aran Islands are still somewhat "rural" and most of the inhabitants speak Gaelic, although English is not a problem at all.

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Aran Island Warnings and Dangers

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    windswept

    by husain Updated Dec 6, 2003

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    The land is extremely stony. The islanders had formed stone walls to protect the windswept fields from the strong winds that blow across it.

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Aran Island Tourist Traps

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    Graveyard, Inishmore

    by husain Updated Dec 6, 2003

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    Well, i guess if a place is worth the visit, toursts will flock.
    That being said, the impression that i got of the islands before i visited was of a sense of isolation and mystery. When we visited, there were a huge number of tourists, and it became just another spot on the tourist map to me... well, i guess everyone wants to see it, and so did i

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Aran Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Rebecca at the old cemetery

    by c-girl Written Apr 16, 2003

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    We took a jaunting car tour of the island. One of the places we stopped was this old cemetery. It was really beautiful, overlooking the ocean and old church ruins on the site.

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Aran Island Favorites

  • Inishere Flora and Fauna

    Inisheer shares the same rich plant and flora species as the famous Burren region in Co. Clare. The island has interest for ornithology, botany and those that have an inclination for the wonders of the sea.

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  • The cliffs

    The cliffs at Inishmore... Its a done thing there to be leaning over the edge of the cliffs and get yr picture taken! Strong winds or not...:P Despite the crowds that descend during the tourist season, you can still find enough open spaces. Walking/ cycling along the many long and winding paths, between stone walls, along small beaches and little...

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  • Inishere Rules

    I ended up going to Inishere the first time by mistake. I had originally bought my ticket in Galway for Inismore, but I got so carried away talking on the ferry that I missed my stop and instead wound up on Inishere. I couldn’t have been more surprised by it. It is truly a magical island, as all of the Aran islands are, but there is something...

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