The Aran Islands are a major tourist attraction in Ireland, known for their scenic views and ancient monuments. The Aran Islands are located just off the coast in Galway bay and consist of three islands: Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer.
Continuing our adventures with a slight delay, Rachel and I finally made it to Inishmore. With a small population of less than a thousand people, it is the largest of the Aran Islands. It’s famous for its strong Irish culture, the primary use of Irish language, as well as its ancient sites including Dún Aengus. There are two ways to get to the island: by boat (about 45 minutes) and plane (about 10 minutes).
The most recommended way to see the island is via bicycle, and following suit upon arrival, we rented some bikes (with three shops to choose from right off the docks). Having five hours on the island, we were able to see most of the sites cycling as fast as our little legs would take us. It was exhausting work, but well worth it. Having such incredible weather and even picking up a travel buddy on the way (a gorgeous little pup which we named Inish – he cycled alongside us for at least 5 km), our trip here was absolutely wonderful. The views are spectacular, and the coasts unbelievable. Despite the many tourists on the journey with us, there isn’t much going on around the island (which we loved!) Keep in mind that the island is very secluded, with only a few shops and bars in the area (which are located closest to the docks and Dun Aonghasa). Nevertheless, it was a lovely, scenic bike ride, and I would highly recommend a visit for anyone traveling the west coast of Ireland.