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Aran Islands

True Irish Beauty


Aran Island Ferries now Departing from Galway City. See more details here.

The Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s 2500km coastal touring driving/cycling route – a spectacular range of land and sea, along the scenic west of Ireland’s magestic coastline. The Aran Islands are on the Wild Atlantic Way and thus can be added to an itinerary if one wishes to explore Irelands Islands.

The Ardilaun Hotel is at the gateway to Connemara and is  a great base for exploring the Aran Islands, or travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way.

To explore the Aran Islands you can take a guided tour directly from the City with Galway Tour Company:

A trip to the Aran Islands is an ideal tonic to escape the pressures of modern life. If you are looking for a place to commune with nature, be inspired and find peace to envelop body & soul, look no further.

Whether you wish to bask on sandy beaches, sailboard, or just walk the quiet winding byways, the Aran Islands have it all.

Inishmore, or Inis Mór in Irish, is the largest of the islands and by far the most popular. With a population of approx. 1,000 people spread among 14 villages, it is well served by mini-bus tours, hostels, hotels & restaurants. The main attraction is undoubtedly the cliff fort of Dun Aonghasa, which can just as easily be accessed by renting a bike or walking.

Inismaan, or Inis Meáin in Irish, is the middle island and the least visited and therefore the most pristine, Irish can be heard spoken and the lack of tourists in comparison to the other two islands is noticeable. Pubs and people inhabit this island.

Inisheer, or Inis Oírr, is the smallest of the three islands coming in at approx. 3.2km by 3.2km, with a population of 300. The closest island to the mainland, it has more recently been made famous when the wreck, "The Plassey" which floundered off its coast appeared in the "Father Ted" television series.

Visit Galway Tour Company for bookings.

The ferry port in Ros a Mhíl is only a short drive away from the hotel is you wish to drive yourself, and our Reception Team will be more than happy to help with directions.