The Aran Islands Express from Dublin
The Aran Islands Express Tour will take you from Dublin to Inisheer and back in a day. Travelling with us to will drive to the West of Ireland to experience The Wild Atlantic Way and The Aran Islands all in a day!
Renowned for their history, Irish culture and stunning natural beauty, The Aran Islands are a must for any visitor to Ireland. You will visit the smallest (and often thought of as most stunning) of these islands Inisheer, or Inis Oírr. Known as ‘last outpost of Irish culture’, a Gaeltacht area, where Irish is still the first language. With a population of about 300 residents, life on the island today depends mainly on tourism.
With 100’s of miles of ancient walls interlaced across the island giving it a unique landscape. Inisheer is an extension of the Karstic landscape of the Burren. This allows a diverse selection of birds and wildlife to exist on the tiny island. Inisheer is a botanist’s or nature lover’s delight.
A striking feature of Inisheer are the turquoise of waters that surround it. Waters in the bay at Inisheer remain crystal clear and an inviting blue, while parts of Atlantic coastline are tossed up and grey in appearance. This stunning vista is overlooked by a small sandy beach where you may spot dolphins!
Things to do
A gathering of horses and traps, bike hire and locals will welcome you to the Island as you step off the boat. As you arrive you will also find one or two tractor tours may be waiting to show you around the island.
Visit O’Brien’s Castle perched at the top of a hill on the southern side of the island. This three-story castle dates back to the 14th century, built upon a more ancient site, Dun Formna (meaning ‘top of hill’). This castle was home to island’s chieftain from around 400 BC.
With ancient churches and bronze age burial sites there is so much to discover on this little island.
Between the hotels and pubs, cafes and seafood and stalls by the beach. Therefore there is no shortage of amazing ways to sample the local food and produce while visiting Inisheer.