When the boat docks in Kilronan, wide-eyed tourists flood the streets and the bus and cart drivers know it. Ample transportation is available to any part of the island for a fee. We waited out the rush, found a quiet place to sit and eat and eventually rented the bikes that would take us from Kilronan to other parts of Inis Mor.
Kilronan has a few pubs, a SPAR, gift shops, a tourist center and bed and breakfasts - as well as the only hostel on the island.
The tourist center is to your right as you walk toward the town from the port. There they offer maps and advice to travelers.
The Centre is some three minutes walk from the village of Kilronan. Step up from the Ferryboat or the village and step into the essential Arainn, a window into the lives and times of a resilient people. The Aran Centre vividly reveals the art of currach making (traditional island boat). Fishing helped the Aran Islanders of past generations eke out a precarious living. The displays show how the bare limestone was literally the bedrock on which they laid down layers of sand, seaweed, and precious soil to nurture their tender crops.
April, May, September and October
11am - 5pm
June, July and August
10am - 7pm
Kilronan (Irish Cill Rónáin) is the principal town on the island of Inis Mór in the Aran Island. The ferries serving the island call at the port, they run from Doolin in County Clare and also from County Galway. The main industries are fishing and tourism. Many come to see the forts and other amenities of the island during the summer.270 people live in the town.
Kilronan is the main village of Inishmore.
There are a few pubs, churches, B&Bs, restaurants, schools, one supermarket, a bank (twice a week), a few tourist shops and bike rentals and the pier...that's basically it!
This beautiful cross was erected by the islanders and some friends in memory of Rev Michael O´donochue, for 11 years the beloved priest and benefactor of aran.