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- Directions: Situated 19 kms from Ros an Mhíl in Connemara; 48 kms from Galway City and 12.5 km from Doolin, Co. Clare.
- Access: <strong>Flights:</strong> <br> Aer Arann fly daily Tel: +353(0)91 593034 <a href="http://www.aerarannislands.ie" target="_blank">www.aerarannislands.ie</a> <br> <strong>Sailings from Ros an Mhíl, Co. Galway.</strong> <br> Island Ferries Teo. Daily, year round. 294 Passengers Tel: +353(0)91 568903 <a href="http://www.aranislandferries.com" target <strong>Sailings from Doolin, Co. Clare:</strong> <br> Doolin2Aran Ferries Sail to the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher from Doolin Pier. Tel: +353(0)65 7075949 <a href="http://www.doolin2aranferries.com" target="_blank">www.doolin2aranferries.com</a> <br> Aran Doolin Ferries Tel: +353 (0)65 7074455 / 7074466 <a href="http://www.doolinferries.com" target="_blank">www.doolinferries.com</a> March-October, 2 crossings daily.
- Highlights: Dún Aonghusa fort; Na Seacht dTeampall ( the seven churches ); flora and fauna; live music.
- Population: Population: Over 800, increasing in high season. A Gaeltacht island.
- Size: Approx 14 km long by 3.8 km wide.
- Activities: Walking, cycling, swimming, horse riding, diving, basket making, learning Irish and cultural courses.
- When to visit: Best time is April to October, but busiest time is June to September.
- Did you know?: The late Bronze age fort of Dún Aonghusa is an incredibly powerful place with spectacular views over Galway Bay. The fort is enclosed by three massive stone walls and protected by an outer defence of jagged upright rocks.
- Accommodation: Hotel, guesthouses, holiday homes, b&b's, hostel, cafés, restaurants, pubs, shop, crafts. Bike hire, tour bus, taxi.
Aran Islands - Inishmore - ÁrainnAran Islands Galway - Ireland West
Inishmore (Árainn) is the largest of the Galway Aran Islands and has been attracting visitors to its rugged shores for generations. The island is an extension of the famous limestone rocks of The Burren, where limestone pavements crisscrossed with grikes, host a plethora of, often extremely rare, wild flowers such as gentian violets and orchids. The landscape of Inishmore is a patchwork of fields hemmed in by precariously balanced dry stone walls. You can walk, cycle or ride the lane ways here to discover the island's most celebrated monument, Dún Aonghusa. One of the most famous and most important prehistoric sites in Europe, this semi circular stone fort sits dramatically on top of a 100 metre drop into the sea. Elsewhere circular forts, early Christian remains, 12th Century high crosses and medieval churches dot the island. Traditions are very much alive on Inishmore; nightly music sessions, regular dances and even currach racing are part of everyday life. Whether you wander the flower strewn lane ways, watch the seals in the clean waters or relax on the beach, you will undoubtedly be smitten by the people, culture and heritage of this incredible island.
ContactTelephone+353 (0)99 61 263
Fax:+353 (0)99 61 420
Address: Inishmore (Inis Mór), Aran Islands, Co Galway, Republic of Ireland