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Scenic flight over Aran Islands Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay

Taking off from Connemara Regional Airport, Inverin the flight crosses Galway Bay on its way south across the Burren in  County Clare. Flying on the seaside of the cliffs gives you a spectacular birds eye view , at the most southerly point Hags Head, your flight does a gentle u turn to fly North along the cliffs towards the Aran Islands. Crossing the South Sound the first Aran island is Inisheer the smallest of the three, Foul Sound separates Inisheer from Inishmaan and finally Gregorys Sound partitions the two smaller islands from Inishmann. Your flights then heads back across Galway Bay and you return to Connemara Regional Airport.

12.30pm - Taking off from Connemara Regional Airport, Inverin the flight crosses Galway Bay passing by Black Head lighthouse on its way south to county Clare. Your journey takes you over the unique Burren en route to the seaside town of Doolin and the start of the Cliffs of Moher. Flying on the seaside of the cliffs gives you a spectacular birds eye view of the cliffs. At the most southerly point Hags Head, your flight does a gentle u turn to fly North along the cliffs towards the Aran Islands.

Crossing the South Sound the first Aran island is Inisheer the smallest of the three. With luck you will see O’Brien’s Castle, a 15th century tower house that stands within a stone fort. and St. Gobnait’s Church, or Cill Ghobnait and the Church of the Seven Daughters, or Cill na Seacht nInghean.

The next island Inishmaan contains the ancient Kilcanonagh Church, the 15th century Templemurray, and fragments of Templeshaghtmacree, or the Church of the King’s Seven Sons. Prehistoric times are represented by the superb oval stone fort of Dun Chonchubhair.

The largest and last island – Inishmore is a historical treasure trove including the remains of Arkin’s Castle, a Cromwellian fort that maintained a garrison during the 17th and 18th centuries. St. Ciaran’s Monastery, east of the village, where can be seen also several early cross-slabs, pillars and a holy well dedicated to the early saint. Also in this locality is the very early St. Soorney’s Church. To the west of Kilronan is the church of St. Enda, the saint most closely identified with the spread of Christianity on Aran. Church of St. Colman Macduagh, and the Church of the Saints. Undoubtedly the most famous and certainly the most impressive site: the great stone fortress of Dun Aonghus, perched dramatically on the edge of a sheet 300 ft cliff that falls away into the Atlantic Ocean.

13.05pm - Return to Connemara Regional Airport.

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