The Aran Islands Express from Dublin
The Aran Islands Express Tour will take you from Dublin to Inisheer and back in a day. This charming island is located in the middle of The Wild Atlantic Way and it is accessible by ferry from Doolin.
A visit to the Aran Islands is the perfect holiday for backpackers, couples and families because it offers a distinctly Irish experience, with a range of accommodations amid sweeping views of the Twelve Bens, Connemara coast and Cliffs of Moher.
Visible from the Galway county, Aran Islands sits in the midst of the bay and is the perfect picture of monastic remains. The island offers a unique taste of history and culture — one that will keep you coming back for more.
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 ‘the 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 is 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 the hill’). This castle was home to the 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.
What a better way to experience the heart of Ireland than booking a day trip to the Aran Islands. Call us today for more information.
06:45 Check in and board your coach at the Discover Ireland Centre, beside the Savoy Cinema, O’Connell St. D01 WP59
07:00 Wave goodbye to Dublin as we depart for the Wild West!
10:00 Arrive in Galway and begin a relaxed guided walk of this charming medieval city. Hear the legends of the Claddagh, Spanish Arch, Lynch’s Castle and much more.
10:50 Board Coach in Galway Coach Station for Doolin Pier and on too the Islands!
16:45 Depart Inisheer and arrive in Doolin to begin your scenic travels along the southern edge Galway Bay and the Wild Atlantic Way on your return trip to Dublin.
21:00 Arrive back in Dublin. Drop Off on Bachelors Walk, Dublin City Centre.