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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.
$70.85 per adult
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Brilliant and really enjoyable - the manc, the dub and the yank !!
Was brilliant day... we had to swap from boat trip to coach trip due to weather 😒 however Gerry was a fantastic tour guide with witty banter and craicing voice 😄...really knowledgeable also!!!
James_F, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Galway

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Good day tour
Rosario_G, Aug 2021
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
The tour was very good and the places visited very beautiful. The only thing is that because of the strong wind it was not possible to go to the Aran Islands and so we went to visit the Aillwee cave. Moreover, we also spent some more time at the Cliff of Moher.
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Great
Veronik_G, Sep 2021
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
Damien was great! The best guide of all of my trips in Ireland! Amazing trip! He was always wearing a mask as requested!
star-5
The Best Way To Experience Cliffs of Moher
Alexander_L, Sep 2021
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
This is a full day trip full of awesome sights and experiences. Under normal circumstances it could feel like a long day of driving and sailing, but our tour guide, Gerry, did a lovely job of narrating our adventure. His stores about the history and culture of the area made the time fly by. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
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Spectacular
Patricia_F, Sep 2021
Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Cruise
The ferry was very nice. Touring the Arrin Islands was spectacular! Plus our bus driver John was great!!
star-5
An island to see for defo
Catriona_O, Aug 2021
Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Day Cruise sailing from Galway City Docks
Seeing the seals and riding the bikes round the island. All the people were very friendly and we were blessed with the weather
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Perfect
Meghan_C, Aug 2021
Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Cruise
The tour was wonderful! The driver was great and gave information the entire ride. It was amazing seeing the cliffs from the water. Perfect time in each place. Would highly recommend!
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I loved my tour of the...
Heba_A, Aug 2021
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
I loved my tour of the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher! Even though it was a wet and chilly day both places were absolutely beautiful! On the Aran Island, We did the horse and carriage ride around the island so that we could see as much as possible in the few hours we had there. Also, Damien the driver/ guide, was fantastic! He was very knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend!
star-5
Magical day
Staycation_Dub, Aug 2021
Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Day Cruise sailing from Galway City Docks
From start to finish whole trip was fabulous.Boat,crew & the island itself.Highly recommended for all ages.
star-4
Nice tour
Cristina_C, Aug 2021
From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
I enjoyed the tour but it was a bit difficult to hear the comentary, understandable as the driver was having to do two jobs at the same time.
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Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher
fmard, Oct 2019
From Ennis: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher, including Cliffs of Moher cruise
I loved this tour. The Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher were amazing. We took a ferry over to the Aran Islands and it was wonderful. We saw the Cliffs of Moher from the boat. Then we went to the Cliffs of Moher which were beautiful. Frank was a great tour guide. He was funny and very informative. I would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Great day out
Mary_B, Aug 2021
Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Cruise
Brilliant day from the minute we left Galway until the minute we landed back. John was an excellent tour guide. Nothing was too much for him. Thanks John Will definitely do it again.
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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!

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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