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Aran Islands

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The Basics

The Aran archipelago comprises three separate islands: Inishmore (Inis Mor, meaning Big Island in Irish), Inishmaan (Inis Meain, meaning Middle Island), and Inisheer (Inis Oirr, meaning East Island). Though many travelers only see the islands from afar, it is possible to visit all three, either by ferry or plane. For flexibility, book a round-trip ferry ticket in advance and explore independently on foot, by bike, bus, or pony trap from Inishmore’s main town, Kilronan. Guided day tours from Galway often combine a trip to the Aran Islands with a visit to the Cliffs of Moher on mainland Ireland and include round-trip transport from the city. Visitors can also take a guided day tour from Dublin, traveling to Galway by train before flying across to the islands.

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From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
$72.49 per adult
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Exceptional Gerry
Kudos to Gerry who was very very nice all throughout the tour. He is an excellent tourguide and we couldn't wish for anything more during our day tour in Galway!
Rikki_Zerrudo, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

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Great experience!
Federico_C, Jul 2021
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
Scenic roadtrip along the coast and we took a ferry to to Aran Islands. We spent 2hours biking in this beautiful place. The second stop, Cliffs of Moher, was just as pretty and enchanting (or maybe even more). Our driver Damien made sure to stop at several spots along the way so that we could take pictures. Great experience and well-organized!
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Great day in County Clare
Margaret_Walsh, Jul 2021
Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Cruise
John, the driver’s interaction with us passengers. Trip around Cliffs of Moher. We also enjoyed our time on Oilean Oir
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Excellent
Lourevel, Jun 2021
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
The sceneries are amazing!Damien is knowledgeable, accommodating and time oriented. The over all experience during the trip was excellent and well organized. I’ll book again in viator for sure😊
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Enough time to explore on your own
Mori, Jun 2021
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
We had a great time on this tour. Lots to see, and adequate time to explore on your own. Bonus was the clear weather.
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Enchanted
Mydee, Jun 2021
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
Everything was so mesmerizing and lovely. Crew were all friendly and accommodating. We had a good time.
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John the bus driver
niamh_w, Aug 2020
Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Cruise
John the tour guide was the best tour guide ever so well educated about the Burren and Doolin. He looked after everyone so well and made sure everyone had an excellent experience!
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A Perfect Way to See the West of Ireland
RM_70, Oct 2019
3-Day Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Aran Islands Rail Tour from Dublin
The beauty, history and variety of this tour was excellent. Our guide offered the best of Irish humor, cheerfulness and intelligence. The stops were beautifully arranged to allow enough time to explore the sites without feeling either rushed or too slow. The only time in Galway was the evening, but that is when the city comes to life.
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Excellent
Marko_M, Jun 2021
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
Everything was as expected and John was a great and engaging guide! Excellent value for money, I definitely recommend it!
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Great day!!
renniehickey, Sep 2019
Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Cruise
Great day seeing one of the Aran islands, seeing the Cliffs of Moher from the ocean and then from the top of the cliffs. Tour operator very entertaining and great with tips on how to use our time at the sites!
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Very enjoyable
Paul_R, Sep 2020
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
Excellent tour. Damien our guide was engaging and funny. Had loads of interesting information on the areas visited. We managed to see a few dolphins on the way out to the Aran islands which was cool... the islands and cliffs are both worth seeing if you are in the area.
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Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Cruise
Nancy D, Aug 2019
Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Cruise
Aran Islands were very interesting, and the people were very friendly. Fun but bumpy and wet ride to see the bottom of the cliffs and then headed by bus to walk top of cliffs. Long but interesting day, and plenty of time to get out and walk around, which was nice for such a long tour.
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Our Galway experience
Loraine_H, Sep 2020
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
From start to finish our trip from doolin to one of the Aran islands to the cliffs of moher was the best day tour we've been on by far. Our tour guide and driver gerry was a lovely man and very knowledgeable about the area.Its a must if your going to galway 👌

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Aran Islands are primarily an Irish-speaking region known as a Gaeltacht, although English is widely spoken.

  • Ferries can accommodate passengers with wheelchairs with advance notice.

  • Ferry sailings are weather dependent and may be canceled if conditions are poor.

  • Wear warm clothes and bring a waterproof layer.

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How to Get There

Take the ferry to any of the three islands from Rossaveal in County Galway or from Doolin in County Clare. Departures from Doolin are seasonal (generally from March to October), while ferries depart from Rossaveal year-round. Ferries usually take between 40 and 90 minutes, while the journey is just 10 minutes by plane.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit the Aran Islands is between April and September. During summer, calm conditions and clear skies are more common, though not guaranteed.

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Dive into Aran Islands History

The Aran Islands are littered with the ruins of historical structures. Inishmore is home to the Iron Age fortresses of Dun Aengus (Dun Aonghasa) and the Seven Churches, an assortment of crumbling chapels, crosses, and religious buildings dating from the eighth to 11th centuries. The less-visited Inis Meain and the smallest island, Inis Oirr, also have impressive ruins—the former in the form of a fourth-century fort, and the latter, a three-story 16th-century castle.

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