Renowned for their stark beauty and enduring Irish traditions, the enigmatic Aran Islands have long drawn fascination from their mainland neighbors, inspiring generations of Irish artists and writers with their idealistic way of life. A visit to the Aran Islands - three small, sparsely populated isles, overlooked by the immense Cliffs of Moher - is like stepping back in time. Here, Gaelic-speaking communities populate traditional farmhouses, local ladies make a living knitting traditional Aran sweaters, sold throughout Ireland, and cars are overlooked in favor of rickety pony traps and trusty bicycles.

Reachable by ferry or plane from Rosaveel, Galway or Doolin, and easily navigated on foot or bike, the islands harbor a number of attractions, including the remains of one of the world’s smallest churches and a 16th-century castle once used by Oliver Cromwell’s troops. Inis Mór is the largest and most developed of the three, at a mere 12km long, and home to the well-preserved Dún Aenghus fortress, perched on the cliff edge and affording expansive views over to the mainland. The less-visited Inis Meain and the smallest island, Inis Óirr, also boast impressive ruins – the former in the form of a 4th-century A.D fort, and the latter, an impressive 3-story 16th-century castle.

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Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Cliffs of Moher Cruise, Galway, null

Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Tour Including Cliffs of Moher Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 50 Reviews

Visit two of Ireland's top natural attractions—the Aran Islands (Inisheer) and the Cliffs of Moher—in one day on this tour from Galway. You'll take in the ...  Read more

Location: Galway, Ireland
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $44.40
Aran Islands Scenic Flight and Galway Tour from Dublin, Dublin, Day Trips

Aran Islands Scenic Flight and Galway Tour from Dublin

4.5 star rating: Recommended 72 Reviews

Get away from it all on a day trip from Dublin that flies you to the magical Aran island of Inis Mor. You'll discover the Ireland of old on an island that's ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $154.28
Inis Mor- Aran Islands ferry from Doolin, Western Ireland, Rail Tours

Inis Mor- Aran Islands ferry from Doolin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Take the ferry from Doolin to Inis Mór (Inishmore), the largest of the Aran Islands. Inis Mor is the home of Dun Aengus, the famous Ring Fort and one of ...  Read more

Location: Doolin, Ireland
Duration: Flexible

From USD $27.75

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