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.
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.
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.
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!
The island is known for its wool products and also its proud ties to Irish culture with Gaelic still being the main spoken language.
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.
Inishmore is truly a quaint place where everyone knows everyone and the bank is open only once a week!
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.
If you’re ever near Galway, spare some time to visit the lovely Aran Islands!