Aran Islands Day Trip from Dublin
Visit the Aran Islands to immerse yourself in a stronghold of Irish culture and tradition on this full-day tour from Dublin. Hear the Irish language being spoken by the locals. Listen to stories from a rich folklore and culture. Discover the wealth of the traditional hand crafts and the world famous Aran knitwear.
Your full-day trip to all three Aran Islands starts with an early morning coach pickup from central Dublin.
Inis Mór, meaning the big island, the largest of the three islands, is approximately 12 km by 3 km. The most impressive of the many historical monuments on the island is the famous Dún Aonghasa, a pre-historic stone fort at the edge of a cliff. This is considered to be one of the most important heritage sites in Europe. National Geographic rates the view from here as 'one of the Top 10 Ocean Views in the world'. You’ll find many more pre-historic and early Christian ruins to explore on the island, along with unspoilt sandy beaches, miles of stone walls, stunning cliff walks, and spectacular ocean views. Visit the Island Heritage Centre where the story and culture of these islands is chronicled.
Inis Meáin, meaning the middle island, is approximately 5 km by 3 km. It is the quietest and least visited of the three islands, and the slow pace of life will soothe you. Here you can wander in peace: the narrow lanes between the miles of hand-built stone walls, the empty beaches, and the impressive Dún Chonchúir, a pre-Christian oval stone fort with stunning views over the islands. You might also call into the renowned Inis Meáin Knitting Company.
Inis Oirr is the most easterly, and the smallest of the three islands at three square kilometres, and has its own distinctive charm. There are amazing views of the Cliffs of Moher from the island, and you’ll also find The Plassey, a shipwreck marooned on the rocks since 1960. Discover St. Caomhán‘s medieval church ruin, half buried in the sand. See the 16th century O’Brien’s Castle, a three storey tower house built within a much earlier stone fort. Visit Áras Éanna, the island’s arts centre.