Aran Islands, Co Galway
The Aran Islands consists of three islands situated just off Galway Bay. The way of life on the islands gives visitors a view back in time. The main attractions found here are breath-taking views, ancient ruins and religious sites.
On Inishmore, the largest of the three, lies the most popular attraction found on these islands; an ancient fortification built atop the cliffside. It’s named Dun Aengus and dates back over 3,000 years. The spectacular fort sits 300 feet above sea level where one can find amazing views of the ocean, Galway Bay, and on a clear day the Cliffs of Moher. Guided tours are available on site.
The islands are only accessible by boat or plane. Visitors generally choose to cycle around the islands to take in the beautiful landscape and views but there are mini buses for those less inclined.