In conjunction with Aran Island Ferries, Galway Business School offers its students discounted prices on trips out to the Aran Islands. Do not miss this opportunity!
You will begin your trip in the city centre by hopping on a bus which will take you to Rossaveal Harbour where a ferry awaits to bring you to the Aran Islands.The Aran Island has many tour operators to bring you around the island but we would recommend renting a bicycle while you're there. It's the best way to see the island, while taking in the fresh sea air and getting healthy on the way.
The Aran Islands
A trip to the Aran Islands feels like going back in time. The island is famous for it's cosy Aran jumpers, ancient Celtic forts, excellent festivals, the friendliest people on the planet, complete calm isolation and epic scenery, the islanders have plenty to be proud of. Each one of the three islands offers something slightly different for visiting people from the last.
Inis Mór (Inishmore)
Inis Mór is the largest and most populated of the three and is the one that makes the biggest splash internationally. It has Dún Aengus, which is a an ancient Irish fort which sits on top of a 100m high cliff. It dates back to 1100BC.
Just a short walk away from Dún Aengus, explorers can make their way to the spectacular Poll na bPeist (the Serpent’s Lair). The Serpent’s Lair is a natural geological rock formation in the shape of a perfectly rectangular hole cut from the rock. It has been a popular swimming spot for the local islanders for years. In more recent times it has gained international recognition from daredevils across the globe due to the Red Bull Cliff Diving competition.
Inis Mean (Inishmaan)
Inis Mean offers tourists a quieter and more local alternative to the busier islands. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a more isolated retreat!
Inis Oirr (Inisheer)
Inisheer is the smallest of the three islands and has a certain charm that the other two don’t. The tiny island is easier to get around and offers some beautiful walks and pristine beaches. There are plenty of local crafts to buy while you’re here if you’re looking for a souvenir.