The Aran Islands

Located a short ferry ride from Galway, I had never heard of these small islands before visiting but my day trip here would end up being one of my highlights while in the Republic of Ireland.

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My group visited Inishmore, the largest of the islands and since there was a few of us we chose to hire a driver to take us around.

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He was a lovely character who gave us a nice mix of history and personal stories having grown up here, with only another 800 inhabitants.

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Another popular way to get around is simply to hire a bike and cycle.

It’s easy enough since there definitely is not a lot of cars in the vicinity, in fact you’ll probably have to watch out more for a horse and cart!

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The island is known for its wool products and also its proud ties to Irish culture with Gaelic still being the main spoken language.

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There’s a few cafés to choose from given the island’s small size and even a few bed and breakfast options if you’d like to stay for more than a day.

We capped off our time here with a drink at the local pub while waiting for the ferry, just sitting outside with the ocean in front of us.

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Inishmore is truly a quaint place where everyone knows everyone and the bank is open only once a week!

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The number one place to get some fantastic views from a higher point is the prehistoric fort of Dún Aonghasa, where you can see to the ends of the island.

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If you’re ever near Galway, spare some time to visit the lovely Aran Islands!

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