Aran Islands Day Tour by Ferry & Bus/Bike

Aran Islands, Co. Galway

The Aran Islands located on Ireland’s West coast offer a glimpse into the past coupled with breathtaking scenery, clean air & sandy beaches.
A trip to the Aran Islands is an ideal tonic to escape the pressures of modern life. 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. 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.

Ferry accross to the Islands from Galway. We will arrange coach transfer if needed.

Rent a bike and explore the island in your own time The island of Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands, is only 12kms long and 4kms wide and has lots of small laneways only bikes can go. Bicycles can be collected in return for your ticket from Aran Bike Hire located at the end of the pier when you get off the ferry.

A comprehensive mini-bus tour of the largest of the Aran Islands, Inishmore, with Island Tours that includes a 90 minute stop at the cliff fort of Dun Aonghasa and many more stops. Join John O'Donnell and Island Tours on an approximately 3-hour mini-bus tour of Inishmore. This tour covers all the important sites of the island including Dun Aonghasa, The Seven Churches, Old thatched roof cottages & the Lighthouse at the end of the island before returning by the Low Road to take in the location of the seal colony and the early Christian church of St. Kieran (Teampaill Chiarain) along with the alleged burial site of Viking invaders complete with an up to date lesson of the islanders lifestyles and customs.

At a Glance

  • Fast Ferry over the wild Atlantic Ocean.
  • Fantastic views from the fort.

Our Take

Visiting the Aran Islands is one of my favorite things to do in Ireland. I always take the coach from Galway to Rosaveel and then ferry across to Inis Mor - from there, I bike around the Island and always sit on the beach for a while. From time to time (if brave enough) I take a dive into the water (very cold). Do this trip - A Hightlight. Declan Burke