A Vagabond Aran Islands Tours
In true Vagabond style we have created a fantastic full day adventure which takes you to one of Ireland’s treasures, the Aran Islands.
Nowhere captures the history, culture, language, music and people of Ireland of old quite like the Aran Islands. Located off the west coast of the country, the Arans and their people have withstood the full force of the Atlantic Ocean to create a unique community. The are three islands in total, Inis Mohr (big Island), Inis Mann (middle island) and the smallest and least developed of the three – Inis Oirr – which is our destination.
We have always wanted to be able to offer a trip to Islands and after careful research and preparation we have come up with a new, innovative and adventurous solution allowing you to leave the tour for a day and rejoin us later on.
Inis Oirr is the closest of the three Aran Islands to Doolin, with only a 30 minute ferry crossing. It has a population of 300 approx. and an area of around 2 miles x 2 miles. There are so many things to see on Inis Oirr, – ancient archaeology including a Stone Age fort – Dún Formna and a 14th century castle, wild landscapes, beautiful beaches, quaint pubs, greats Irish music – you are literally spoiled for choice! The island culture has evolved from a unique blend of Christian and Pagan traditions in this beautifully harsh landscape.
Once you land at the pier on the island, you have several options for getting around – you can rent a bicycle, hire a pony and trap to get a guided tour, or simply wander around, enjoying the tiny, car-free roads.
- Follow the historical trail around the island to make the most of your day.
- Try your hand at some kayaking
- Browse through the shelves at Pachella & Dara’s craft shop and heritage centre – a traditional stone-built, thatched cottage, showing furniture and way of life on the Islands of Aran, from the late middle ages to the 1960′s.
- Pay a visit to Aras Éanna, the arts and cultural centre – you may see one of the basket-weavers at work, or catch an art exhibition from a local artist.
- Or you could just laze on the spectacular beach and watch the world go by!
How it works:
The Aran Islands are located in Galway bay, with County Clare to the south and Connemara in County Galway to the North. Ferries run to and from Doolin in County Clare to Inis Oirr and also to and from Rossaveale in Connemara for Inis Oirr. So for example on the 7 day ‘World tour of Ireland’ you take the ferry in the morning from Doolin to the islands, then in the afternoon take the other ferry to Connemara – in the meantime anyone who has chosen to remain on dry land can stay with the tour and weave their way around Galway bay – meeting up with the island hoppers when they land on the other side. It’s Genius really.
Because the trip to the islands involves a ferry, it is of course weather dependant so there is the risk that this option with not be available. There is also a slight risk that you may become stranded on the island for a night (there is accommodation and a pub, don’t worry) so we always advise that the island hoppers take a tooth brush and anything they might need for an overnight stay – just in case. Any costs caused by delays are the full responsibility of the passenger but we will certainly organise any additional transport/accommodation for you.
For more details on the Vagabond Aran Island adventure day please do not hesitate to contact us on the numbers below or by email on email@example.com.