Inishmore Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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Inishmore Highlights

  • Pro
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     pretty, rocky, small enough to get around easily 

  • Con
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    sabsi says…

     In summer it gets crowded as soon as the first ferry arrives! 

  • In a nutshell
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     "Inis Mor is a must for any traveler looking to see real Ireland" 

Inishmore Things to Do

  • Dun Aengus

    You will have to go to the visitor centre and pay your admission ticket (2 euro) before you can enter the fort. From here you have to go by foot towards the fortress Dun Aonghasa (Dun Aengus). It’s about 900 metres uphill. It will take you about 20 to 30 minutes to reach the fortress. Dún Aengus - The Fort of Aonghasa - is located on the edge of...

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  • Kilronan

    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...

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  • Seven churches

    This ancient site of two churches and a graveyard (the 7 Churches name comes from other buildings on the site that most likely were homes of the monks) is fascinating. One passes through the wall and the quietness of the site takes over. The combination of new and old tombstones in the cemetary adds to the feeling as well. We biked here from...

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Inishmore Restaurants

  • The Aran Fisherman

    I must say the same thing about the garlic bread, again alot of cheese and not much garlic stuck on some bagette. I must say however that there was alot of it. There was a kind of burnt tomato in the middle with some tastless bacon (I think it was a tomato anyway....) Because of the rest of the menu that I was not very keen on and what they did...

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  • Disaster

    I must say the same thing about the garlic bread, again alot of cheese and not much garlic stuck on some bagette. I must say however that there was alot of it. There was a kind of burnt tomato in the middle with some tastless bacon (I think it was a tomato anyway....)Because of the rest of the menu that I was not very keen on and what they did not...

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  • Dinner in Kilmurvey

    When we were in Kilmurvey, this was the only place to get food in the evening (other than the expensive dinner at our b&b). Since we weren't hungry for a large meal in the evening, we bought inexpensive sandwiches and water here and ate them in our room before the evening bike ride. The shop (Paddy's) is only open from 11-5 - so it's not really an...

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Inishmore Nightlife

  • fun nite out on Inis Mor

    Sweet little spot on Inis Mor, people that stay over nite on the island enjoy this little club, the only one we found open. live entertainment, and you can join in. All ages seem to be having a great time. No dress requirements

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  • Busy pubs

    Always packed, nice busy atmosphere, live music. Obviously the pub got its name from the fact that the Aran islanders always felt closer connected to America that to Ireland. Nothing special.

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Inishmore Transportation

  • Ferries

    Aran Island Ferries We stayed in Galway the night before arriving on Inis Mor. We bought a ticket from the office near Eyre Square (25 euros). The bus left Galway around 9am for a 10:30 ferry out of Rossaveal. I took a dramamine for motion sickness, but the ride wasn't too bad. It was slightly grey and we sat on top with windbreakers on. In the...

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  • Bikes

    This bicycle hire is next to the harbour. I cannot remember anymore how much we paid, but it was eight years ago so it would be old price anyway. First I got a bike of which the gears were not functioning and when I went back to ask for another one they made me feel it was my fault that it was not working! I hadn't ridden it for a meter at that...

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  • Tours

    You’ll notice these as soon as you get off the ferry. It is a good option for people who are day tripping, since Inishmore is fairly large and the minibuses stop at the main sights. They can also be used as a taxi, though the prices are pretty random (they are negotiable). It is better to let the tour groups go by first, if you are using it as a...

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Inishmore Shopping

  • Clothes

    The Sweater Market is one of the first buildings visitors to Kilronan see. It houses a variety of sweaters of different colors and patterns - beware the stretching! Here we purchased a few gifts but followed the advice of locals and avoided the wool products. There were patterned golf caps there that I still think of! Buy your sweaters elsewhere -...

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  • Aran Sweaters

    Many visitors to the Aran Islands came with the deosre to come away with an Aran Sweater. If you wish to buy a sweater or other Aran design, you can easily pick up something at the Aran Sweater Shop in Kilronan but be prepared to pay over the odds. You can pick one up cheaper elsewhere on the island but the shop in Kilronan has the largest...

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  • Just for the tourists

    The Sweater Market is one of the first buildings visitors to Kilronan see. It houses a variety of sweaters of different colors and patterns - beware the stretching!Here we purchased a few gifts but followed the advice of locals and avoided the wool products. There were patterned golf caps there that I still think of! Buy your sweaters elsewhere -...

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Inishmore Local Customs

  • Currachs

    On all the Aran Islands you will easily be able to spot the tradional fishing and transport boats of the islands. Known as Currachs, these boats have been the mode of water transport for the local islands for centuries and are still used to this day by local fishermen. The currach can be seen in many islands and coastal areas of Western Ireland but...

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  • Road and Public Signs

    As an official Gaeltacht area, all road signs and public notices are in Irish. Signposts to sights of interest are often just in Irish so it’s good to know the names of the places in Irish. It is also important to recognise road signs in Ireland especially if you are driving (or more likely cycling) on the islands. The most important sign you will...

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  • Aran Sweaters

    The world famous woollen sweaters of Aran have their roots in the fishing traditions of the island men. The women traditionally made the wool from the sheep’s fleece while the men knitted the sweaters using goose quills as needles. The traditionally cream coloured sweaters have intricate patterns and designs and the designs themselves have special...

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Inishmore Warnings and Dangers

  • Money

    There is an ATM on Inishmore now. When I was there first I lost a bet because there wasn't. Back then the bank opened twice a week. Anyway, the ATM in the Spar Supermarket which is open from 9am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and on Sunday from 10am to 5pm. I really enjoyed this part of the fact sheet I recently got from here. The Bank of Ireland...

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  • Dún Aonghasa

    One of the most impressive aspects of a visit to Dún Aonghasa is how it is dramatically situated on the 300ft high sheer cliff. However this clif face is unuarded and there have been accidents in the pasts with tourists getting blown over or tripping over the edge of the cliff and being killed on the rocks far below. It probably won't stop you...

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  • Bring cash!

    There is an ATM on Inishmore now. When I was there first I lost a bet because there wasn't. Back then the bank opened twice a week. Anyway, the ATM in the Spar Supermarket which is open from 9am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and on Sunday from 10am to 5pm. I really enjoyed this part of the fact sheet I recently got from here. The Bank of Ireland...

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Inishmore Tourist Traps

  • Pony & Trap

    Even though they definitely fit better here than to any big touristy city in the world - they still have the tourist trap touch for me. Take a picture of the cool old fellas and their horses! Rent a bicycle to explore the island!

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  • Aran Island Sweater Market

    I've a tip about this in shopping as well. . .we purchased a few small gifts here and were even tempted by some of the wool items.But, our bus driver (Dan - wonderfully charming man!) put it this way, "This week the sweater fits you; next week the sweater fits you and your friend!" Be careful with the sweaters. . . At the base of Dun Aengus in a...

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  • Those Aran Sweaters

    There are several sweater shops all over the Island (and pretty much the rest of Ireland). The sweater stores have displays and videos about how the people of the Islands have been keeping warm in these sweaters and have descriptions of each family having their own stitch patterns. I was almost sold on getting one, until I read that the Aran Island...

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Inishmore What to Pack

  • Toiletries & Medical Supplies

    When I was there the tab water was conterminated and we only were told in the pub at night. The only supermarket on the island closes at 5 or 6 so we had no chance to buy drinking water. Just be warned that there's only one shop in case you need one! There are a few tourist shops in Kilronan where you can get things like this - but it's definitely...

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  • Don't forget

    When I was there the tab water was conterminated and we only were told in the pub at night. The only supermarket on the island closes at 5 or 6 so we had no chance to buy drinking water. Just be warned that there's only one shop in case you need one! There are a few tourist shops in Kilronan where you can get things like this - but it's...

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Inishmore Off The Beaten Path

  • Inishmore washing line

    After some rainy days you will easily find washing lines allover the island, maybe hidden behind a thick stone wall, in case the high winds would take the clothes away to the continent!

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  • Watch the depth of the cliffs.

    The cliffs near the cashel of Dun Aengus and Dun Dubhchathair (black fort) are between 80 and 90 metres high. You see a lot of people looking into the dept of the ocean. I have a fear of heights, but at the black fort I managed to get down on my belly and looked over the edge.Be careful when you do this and make sure that this is not an overhanging...

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  • Enjoy the beach at Port Mhuirbigh

    When you ride or walk in the direction of Dùn Aengus you will see after an half hour a small white sand beach. It was a beautiful sunny day and that brought many people to this lovely beach to swim or to sunbath. But there we were only hear for one day and didn’t bring our swimsuit we just watched them for a moment and then we rode further to the...

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Inishmore Sports & Outdoors

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    A Stretch of the Coast Road

    by cpiers47 Updated Jan 8, 2009

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    We rented bikes to get us from the port town of Kilronan to Kilmurvey and our B & B (about 5 km). Later, we explored a bit of the far side of the island on bike. Between the two towns, there is a coast road and a high road. The high road is pretty but hilly and less inviting. We took the coast road and were floors by the views. The ride was incredibly easy as there were only a few hills.

    Had we had more time on the island, we would have certainly spent more time on our bikes. As it was, they were a fantastic choice.

    Equipment: There are a number of bike rentals. Some approached us once we stepped off the ferry, but we declined and wandered into town first. After a great lunch of fish and chips, we merely walked to the closest bike shop and rented two bikes. The prices seemed competitive to the others we'd seen - no great variation in price.

    The bikes were new and well-tuned mountain bikes. The next morning, we had to return to Kilronan for the ferry but it was pouring rain. We were assured at the b&b that we could leave our bikes there. We took a bus into town and handed the bike key to the attendant (a very handsome young Englishman) who said he'd collect them later. This seemed common practice on the small island but was great service as far as I was concerned.

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  • Inishmore

    Inis Mór is the largest of the three Aran Islands off the west coast of Galway, with a population of about 900 people. The name means 'large island'. Inishmore is a popular tourist attraction, so it can get quiet busy over there. The island is approximately 14 km long and 3 km wide. It’s mostly made up out of barren limestone rock and small fields...

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  • Bikes

    On our first night on Inishmore we rented bikes right after our boat had arrived and went for a short cycle. We went up the path to Dún Dubhchathair but it was a path you couldn't cycle on. Well I couldn't. Colm tried and I waited for him. It was really quiet there, at 10 in the evening on a path in the middle of nowhere. The only sound I heard was...

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  • Kilronan

    This is where the ferries land. As soon as you land here you’re greeted by minibuses wanting to give you a tour of the island. The town contains several gift shops, a tourist information center, and several places to stay. There is also a supermarket with an ATM.

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