Visiting From Abroad

The Aran Islands, Co. Galway

At the Heart of the Wild Atlantic Way

Nestled in Galway Bay between Connemara and Co. Clare lie three unique inhabited islands named The Aran Islands.  Inish Mór, the largest, where we and our friendly herd of goats live is easily accessibly from Galway City and Doolin (Cliffs of Moher) by sea and air. 

Travelling to the Aran Islands

How to Get Here

Reaching Inis Mór is a scenic and straightforward journey, offering both ferry and flight options. Ferries depart regularly from Rossaveal in County Galway and Doolin in County Clare, providing a picturesque voyage across the Atlantic waters. The ferry ride, which lasts about 40 minutes from Rossaveal, offers stunning views of the surrounding seascape and a chance to breathe in the fresh ocean air. For a quicker trip, consider taking a short flight from Connemara Airport, which takes just about 10 minutes and provides breathtaking aerial views of the islands. Once you arrive, local transportation options, including bike rentals and mini-bus tours, make exploring the island easy and enjoyable.  More recently an additional ferry service has started operating from Galway City Harbour.

Clothing and Equipment

What to Wear for Your Visit

When planning your visit to Inis Mór, it’s essential to be prepared for the island’s dynamic weather and outdoor adventures. Layered clothing is your best bet, allowing you to adjust to changing conditions throughout the day. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer, add a warm fleece or sweater, and top it off with a waterproof and windproof jacket to keep you dry and comfortable. Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots are a must for exploring the island’s rugged terrain. Don’t forget to bring a hat, gloves, and a scarf, especially if you’re visiting during the cooler months. A good quality backpack is useful for carrying essentials like water, snacks, a map, and a camera to capture the stunning landscapes. Lastly, pack some sunscreen and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun’s rays, as even on cloudy days, UV levels can be high. Being well-prepared ensures you’ll enjoy all that Inis Mór has to offer, no matter the weather.

Travelling to the Aran Islands

Visas and entry requirements

When planning your visit to the Aran Islands, it’s important to be aware of Ireland’s visa and entry requirements. Citizens of the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) countries, as well as Switzerland, do not require a visa to enter Ireland. Visitors from many other countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, can enter Ireland without a visa for short stays of up to 90 days. However, travelers from some countries will need to apply for a visa before their trip. We recommend checking the latest visa requirements on the official Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) website or consulting with your local Irish embassy or consulate. Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned stay. Once in Ireland, travel to the Aran Islands is straightforward, with regular ferry and flight services from the mainland. 

Useful Contacts

Aran Islands Tourist Office
Website: www.visitaranislands.com
Phone: +353 99 61263

Inis Mór Health Centre
Phone: +353 99 61112

Aran Island Ferries
Website: www.aranislandferries.com
Phone: +353 91 568903

Aer Arann Islands
Website: www.aerarannislands.ie
Phone: +353 91 593034

Garda Station on Inis Mór
Phone: +353 99 61104

Aran Islands Hotel
Website: www.aranislandshotel.com
Phone: +353 99 61104

Aran Islands B&B Network
Website: www.bedandbreakfastireland.com
Phone: +353 99 61263

Aran Islands Goat Cheese and Food Tours
Website: www.aranislandgoatscheeseandfoodtours.com
Phone: +353 99 61263

These contacts will help ensure you have a well-supported and enjoyable visit to the Aran Islands.