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The Aran Islands (Irish: Oileáin Árann) are a group of three islands located at the mouth of Galway Bay, on the west coast of Ireland. The largest island is Inishmore also known as Aranmore (Irish: Árainn (Mhór) or Inis Mór), the middle and second-largest is Inishmaan (Inis Meáin / Inis Meadhóin), and the smallest and most eastern is Inisheer (Inis Thiar or Inis Oírr / Inis Oirthir). Irish is a spoken language on all three islands, and is the language used for the names of the islands and many of the island's villages and place names.


These extremely rocky islands have more than 3000 miles of stone walls on them. The fields are small, both because of the number of stones to be removed and to help fight erosion. Once the stones were removed, the dirt in the fields had to be actually created by mixing seaweed, sand and what little dirt could be found between the stones. The resulting layer of dirt is only 1" to 1.5" thick, but because of the high calcium content coming from the limestone, it produces very healthy livestock.

Two ferry companies operate a regular services from Rossaveal to Kilronan, the main village on Inis Mór. Both companies offer four services a day during peak season evenly spaced between 9am and 6pm. A regular coach service links Galway to Rossaveal which is located about 50km (one hour drive) the city. The crossing takes about 40 minutes.

Aer Arann operate offers a service from Connemara Regional Airport at Inverin. Inverin is located approximately 45 minutes drive from Galway city. There is a coach service available from Galway city. Visit their website for more details at Aer Arann

Travelling by ferry to Aran Islands visit Aran Island Ferries or Aran Direct for travel information. Sailings are from Ros a Mhíl Quay - allow 1 hour journey time from Galway City. If you require the coach connection - you can join the coach (Lally Coach Hire) at the Kinlay House Hostel stop on Merchant's Road, Galway City.

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Aran Islands are richly unique. Landscapes of Limestone rock, a stretch of cliffs facing the moods of the Atlantic, Large bolders, rock formations, and unusally clean beaches. It is also a place steeped in emmense cultural heritage and history. Gaelic language is the first language of its residents. It is considered the foothold of Irish culture. The Islands themselves are an outdoor museum of artifacts of religous and cultural importance. The three Aran Islands, Inis Mór (Big Island), Inis Meáin (Middle island) and Inis Oírr (East island) are situated in a north westerly south easterly direction at the mouth of Galway Bay, Ireland.

For more information visit the Aran Islands website...


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