Aran Islands Day Trips from Doolin Pier
Inis Oírr (Inisheer)
The smallest of the islands, 3km by 3km, the true feel of a classical isolated fishing village. From the pier with its white sandy beach, you will see plenty of fishing boats, their nets, and fisherman returning at the end of the day with their catch. The islands small hills and intricate little valley’s are easily covered by foot or by bike.
Inis Meáin (Inishmaan)
The middle island. It is around three miles long by a mile wide with a population of 200 and is said to be the most unchanged of the Aran Islands. It is the least visited and the quietest of the Aran Islands, therefore, it is a great place to find a more authentic escape from the crowds and enjoy its nature.
The cliff facing side of Inis Meain is quite dramatic and offers views of Inis Mor and The Cliffs of Moher. This cliff point is also the home of Cathoir Synge one of the most famous playwrights to emerge from Ireland, who built the stone structure named “Synge’s Chair”. There also are blow holes here which are like tunnels which blow out water times of turbulent weather. More recently the island has become a centre for diving because of its beautiful marine life and clear waters.
Dún Crocbhur (Conor’s Fort) is classified as a National Monument and is the largest stone fort on all three Aran Islands. It stands at the highest and is in full view no matter where you are. It is considered to be one of the best fort experiences you could have in Ireland because of its impressive intricate design and the complete mystery surrounding who built it and its purpose.
Dún Fearbhaí (Ferboy’s Fort) condition and circular shape suggest that it pre-dates Christianity as forts tended to be more circular. It is located closer to the middle of the island so it doesn’t quite have same natural appeal as the cliffside forts that are more popular with visitors, however, it is in very good condition and really gives you an insight into ancient Ireland.
Inis Mór (Inishmore)
Inis Mór means ‘the big island’. It is the largest island, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland and has been attracting visitors to its rugged shores for generations.
50 different monuments of Christian, pre-Christian and Celtic mythological heritage are scattered over the familiar Burren-like landscape. You don’t need to go far before being somewhere where there’s something of historical interest and importance in modern Irish Culture.
Kilmurvey has a beautiful Blue Flag sheltered beach with white sand. You will find it just off the road between Kilronan and Dun Aengus. As the beach is in a cove, it is not subject to the same strong currents that some of the other beaches on Inis Mor are.
The Kilmurvey Craft Village is a popular spot, consisting of a handful of Celtic inspired craftspeople showing their wares.
The Worm Hole is a remarkable feature of the island and a major attraction for the visitor. The sea ebbs and flows into a natural rectangular shaped pool at the bottom of the cliffs. Access to it is gained by walking east along the cliffs from Dún Aonghasa or by following the signs from the village of Gort na gCapall.