THE LAST OUTPOST OF GAELIC CIVILIZAITIONFor a true Irish experience, you’ll want to visit the Aran Islands which are considered the last outpost of Gaelic civilisation, and Irish Gaelic is still the main spoken language. A visit to the three Islands off the coast of Galway fits perfectly with your coastal drive along the Wild Atlantic Way. It’s just an hour drive from Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Limerick to the ferry in Doolin.
What to do on the Aran Islands
There are three islands located at the mouth of Galway Bay; Inisheer (The Eastern Island), Inishmaan (the middle island) and Inishmore (the big island). Each island offers a unique and memorable experience. Explore fantastic rugged landscapes, high sea cliffs, ancient forts, beautiful wildlife and traditional Irish pubs complete with live music.
Inisheer, known in Gaelic as Inis Oírr, is the smallest island and it’s only 30 minutes from Doolin. This quaint fishing village is only 2 by 4 kilometres wide so you can explore by foot or bike and enjoy its panoramic views of the Cliffs Moher. Its kind community of 300 islanders will welcome you wholeheartedly.
Inishmaan (Inis Meáin) offers a quiet escape from modern life, since the island is less popular with tourists, its Irish cultural traditions remain very strong among its 200 inhabitants. Crystal clear waters and exceptional marine life makes Inishmaan an ideal destination for divers. This beautiful island was once a retreat for Irish playwright Edmund John Millington Synge.
The biggest Aran Island awaits with over 50 historical monuments of Christian, pre-Christian and Celtic significance. Inishmore (Inis Mór) has the perfect swells for surfing and offers cliff diving as well. If you’re more laidback, the island also offers ancient forts and traditional pubs. As a souvenir or gift, purchase the famous Aran wool sweaters.
Plan your visit from the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Limerick
- Prices vary depending on the route you chose. Get information on ferry prices.
- The ferry operates from March to November, and is weather dependant. Find out more about Doolin ferry times
- Travel times from Doolin to the islands are approx:
- Inis Óirr (Inisheer) 30 minutes
- Inis Meáin (Inishmaan) 40 minutes
- Inis Mór (Inishmore) 90 minutes