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- Directions: Set out in Galway Bay, the Aran Islands comprise three islands, Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr. The islands can be reached by ferry or by 'plane.
- Access: <strong>By Ferry</strong> <br> The Aran Islands are accessible by Ferry from both Co. Galway and Co. Clare.<br> <strong>By Air</strong> <br> You can fly to all three Aran Islands with Aer Arann Islands from Indreabhán, Co. Galway, just over 27 kms west of Galway City.<br> There are several flights daily (hourly during peak season).<br> Flight time is approx 8 minutes.<Br> A shuttle bus to the airport is available from Galway City.<br> Capacity: 9 passengers.<br> Aer Arann Islands<br> Tel: + 353(0)91 593034<br> Book on-line at<br> <a href="http://www.aerarannislands.ie" target="_blank">www.aerarannislands.ie</a>
- Population: Over 1,300 live on Aran’s three islands, increasing in the high season. All three islands are Gaeltacht islands.
The Aran IslandsAran Islands Galway - Ireland West
In Galway Bay lie three rocky limestone outcrops that make up the Aran Islands. They are a bastion of traditional language, culture and music, unique in their geology and archaeology and unrivalled in their potent sense of history. Each of the three islands, Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr have their own distinct atmosphere and character, but the dramatic landscapes and endless sea form a backdrop to a labyrinth of meandering stone walls and tiny, tightly packed fields. In between, a network of narrow winding roads and grassy lanes sweep from pristine beaches and craggy shores to the dizzying cliffs that mark the edge of Europe. The islands have lured legions of writers, artists and visitors over the centuries, their enigmatic ancient monuments, early Christian remains, holy wells and historic lighthouses adding to their sense of timelessness and mystery. The pace of life is slow here and a profound sense of peace accompanies any walk or cycle down the narrow grassy lanes. This serenity makes the islands a precious sanctuary from the rush of modern life, and their isolation guarantees their place as a stronghold of traditional culture. The nightly music sessions, lively dances, traditional crafts, seagoing currachs and wonderfully warm and welcoming spirit are inimitable parts of Aran.
ContactTelephone:+353 (0)99 61 263
Fax:+353 (0)99 61 420
Address: Tourist Information Office, Kilronan, Inishmore (Inis Mór), Aran Islands, Co Galway, Republic Of Ireland