Named one of National Geographic’s Top 100 island destinations, the Aran Islands are an amazing place to visit while on your Wild Atlantic Way adventure. Located at the mouth of Galway Bay, the three islands, Inis Meáin, Inis Oirr and Inis Mór, are home to nearly 1200 people and are one of the last regions where the native Irish language is used every day. Stepping onto the islands is like stepping back in time. The rugged karst landscape, punctuated only with the idiosyncratic stone walls of the west of Ireland, offer breathtaking views of untouched scenery. Arguably the best way to see islands are by cycling, you can see information on hiring bikes on the islands here.
The islands are host to some of Ireland’s most unspoilt beaches with white sands and stunning cliff faces. The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series took place in Inis Mór in 2014 and 2017 at Poll na Péist, a testament to the spectacular natural scenery there. Rock climbing is another great way to experience the island’s amazing views. Several ancient Bronze and Iron Age forts are some of the most popular attractions on the islands including Dún Aengus and the Black Fort. Some of the first Christian buildings are still preserved on the islands giving amazing insight into the historical importance of the islands.
The islands are also becoming a popular destination for stags and hen parties as well as corporate getaways and group excursions. The nightlife is second to none with an array of traditional Irish pubs offering the best of Irish music and craic.
The islands can be reached via ferry every day, for listings, click here.
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When you’ve finished exploring for the day, why not come stay with us here at Maldron Hotel Oranmore? You can enjoy the comfort of free parking, WiFi as well as access to our 20m swimming pool and gym.