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The Aran Islands


Aran Islands

The Aran Islands, three small islands at the edge of Galway Bay, are unique: a sparse Irish-speaking population of less than a thousand, living in a sparse landscape with a dense network of stone walls, sandy beaches on the east side, impressive cliffs on the south-west and many ruins from both pre-historic and medieval times.

Although a very popular tourist destination in the summer, Aran still retains much of its Gaelic heritage, where fishing and crafts are still important trades, and traditional singing and dancing are still the main entertainment. Aran is known for The Currach, the traditional fishing boat, and for the heavy woollen knits in Aran's unique design.

How to get there

By Sea: You can travel by boat from Rossaveal (in Connemara); this includes a bus service from Galway. The boat journey takes 20 minutes from Rossaveal to Inis Mor (the biggest of the three). There are several trips daily. The Island Ferries office is opposite the Tourist Office in Galway; phone +353 (0)91 568903. You can also travel by boat from Doolin in County Clare to Inis Oirr, the smallest island. This trip takes about 25 minutes.

By Air: Aer Arann operates 4 flights daily from Inverin in Connemara (this includes a bus service from Galway), to the 3 Aran Islands. Flight lasts about 10 minutes. Phone: +353 (0)91 593034 Aer Arann (fly from Inverin): phone +353 (0)91 593034 Island Ferries (boat from Rossaveal): +353 (0)91 568903 Aran Heritage Centre (Inis Mor): +353 (0)99 61355



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