Taking a trip to the stunningly beautiful and historic Aran Islands? We’ve put together this guide of insider tips and suggestions of where to stay to kick-start your visit!
Although only situated 48 km (30 miles) from the coast of County Galway, stepping onto one of the Aran Islands can feel like you’re stepping into another world. Today, we are here to fill you in on the best Aran Islands accommodation.
These three beautiful islands – Inis Mor, Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr – are known for their unique heritage as hubs of Gaelic culture and the Irish language, as well as for their stunning natural landscapes.
There is an abundance of reasons to visit this beautiful part of the country. But read on for some insider tips on how to get there, when to visit, and where to stay.
How to get there – directions
The most common method of travelling to the islands is a passenger ferry from either Doolin in County Clare or Rossaveal in County Galway. But if you don’t have great sea legs, you can also get there by air in roughly eight minutes!
The largest of the islands, Inis Mor, is a common stop for day-trippers. But we recommend staying that bit longer and exploring all three.
When you get here, you may want to beef up your Aran Islands itinerary by reading our article on the top 10 things to do and see on the Aran Islands.
When to visit – beautiful in the summer months
There’s no doubt that the islands look particularly stunning in the summer months. Surrounded by the glistening Atlantic Ocean, the rolling hills look particularly green and alive with wildlife at this time of year.
It also means that you’ll be able to catch some rays on the beach or enjoy a (hopefully) dry hike.
However, we recommend visiting the islands during October. For one, you’ll get more value for your money.
Like any tourist attraction, hotel, or B&B, prices generally increase their rates during the busy summer periods to meet popular demand. Visiting in the off-peak season could end up saving you money.
You’ll also have the benefit of missing the worst of the crowds, which means less time trying to wade through hoards of tourists at beauty spots and more time to explore the stunning landscapes the islands have to offer peacefully.
Where to stay – Aran Islands accommodation
Each of the Aran Islands has something to offer. However, it’s worth noting that most utilities remain on Inis Mor, the largest of the three. We recommend setting up base there and taking day trips to explore the others. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
Aran Islands Camping & Glamping – get close to nature
If you are the type of person who likes to feel close to the great outdoors, this could be the spot for you. Located in Kilronan, reviews of Aran Islands Camping and Glamping cite the beautiful beach-side location and the friendly staff as some of the highlights.
This holiday park is particularly suited to families, with an on-site play area for kids to enjoy. Units are equipped with a kitchenette and a dining area, so you can save money on eating out for an evening or two as well.
Address: Aran Islands Frenchman’s Beach, Kilronan, Ireland
Aran Thatch Cottage – step back in time
Have you ever dreamed of living in a traditional, thatched Irish cottage? Well, now you can… temporarily anyway at this Aran Islands accommodation option.
With cosy and comfortable interiors, reviews of the Aran Thatch Cottage are glowing, with many referencing how well-maintained and picturesque it is.
The cottage is located in Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. It offers great views of the sea and the mainland, and guests can enjoy an abundance of hiking and cycling opportunities nearby.
Address: Aran Islands Oughil, Inis Mor, Ireland
Tigh Fitz Bed & Breakfast – for a home away from home
For a homely feel, try Tigh Fitz Bed and Breakfast. The reviews of this place are pretty unanimous: friendly staff, tasty breakfast, and a cosy interior.
Located in Killeaney, the guest house is also nearby to a bike-hire service, the ideal method of exploring the island.
For history buffs, there is no shortage of ancient sites and historic churches to explore nearby either. Highlights include the Teampall Bheanáin, which has been dubbed the smallest church in Europe.
But if you’re after a more leisurely holiday, this guest house is only 10 minutes away from beaches, pubs, and restaurants.
Address: Killeany, Inis Mor, Ireland
Whether you’re visiting for a day trip as part of an extended break in Ireland, or you’re wisely choosing to spend longer here, the Aran Islands really do have something for everyone.
Whatever Aran Islands accommodation you choose, you are sure to get your fill of history, culture, and craic. Enjoy!