Bed and Breakfasts in the Aran Islands, Co. Galway
The Aran Islands are made up of three islands that are located at the mouth of Galway Bay in County Galway. The islands are called Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr. Irish is the everyday spoken language on all three islands, but locals can switch between Irish and English at their ease.
The Islanders are proud of their culture and manage to retain their old traditions along side modern day living. All three Islands are rich in history with monuments dating back to prehistoric and Christian times. The panoramic scenery from these islands is truly breathtaking.
Inis Mór is approximately 14km long and 3.5km wide and is a short ferry crossing from Galway City. This island is a little bit of paradise off the Galway Bay. Its unspoilt beauty and tranquil surroundings, coupled with lots of interesting sights and outdoor activities, make it the perfect location for a get-away-from-it-all holiday.
The amount of history on Inis Mór Island is mind-boggling. There are stone forts and ancient ruins scattered all across its land. Dun Aengus is a prehistoric stone fort perched on 100m high cliffs, with commanding views of the island. Experts have pronounced that Dun Aengus, with its perfect structure, is one of the finest prehistoric monuments in Europe! There are also ancient church and castle ruins to explore. Inis Mór is a walker’s paradise, but another way to tour the island is by bus, bike or horse and cart.
Inish Meáin is a botanical paradise with over 300 flowering plants. Bird watching enthusiasts will marvel at the wide variety of nestling birds. The island is rich in history with stone forts, a Neolithic wedge tomb and churches. A visit to the Inis Meáin Knitwear factory is recommended where you can purchase the well-known Aran jumper. Inis Oírr offers the same relaxed and idyllic surroundings as Inis Mór and Inis Meáin. This smaller island is also rich in history that is just waiting for you to explore.
There is accommodation on the Aran Islands to suit all budgets, but a wonderful way to get a true feel for the islanders and their culture is to stay in a B&B. Hosts love to welcome visitors and make them feel comfortable and relaxed. Inis Mór B&Bs and Inis Meáin B&Bs are friendly, welcoming and comfortable homes that reflect the care and attention you will receive from your host.
Overall the Aran Islands have so much to offer and each of the islands possess their own unique magic and beauty. How wonderful to be able to swim in unpolluted seas, delight in breath-taking views and unwind in beautiful tranquil surroundings. The Aran Islands will give you a true sense of the old Irish charm with their timeless traditions and native Irish tongue.
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