Aran Islands in detail

Flights & getting there

Flights and ferries serve the islands.

Between mid-March and the end of October, interisland ferries mean you can visit all three islands in a day, starting at one and returning from another. Linking the route and connecting with your preferred mainland port can be complex – discuss plans with ferry firms or the Inishmore tourist office.


All three islands have landing strips. The mainland departure point is Connemara Regional Airport, 30km west of Galway city, linked by a prebooked shuttle bus.

Aer Arann Islands offers flights aboard tiny fixed-wing prop planes to each of the islands up to six times a day. The flights take about 10 minutes and can be done as a day trip. The airline also offers scenic flights (per person from €75) in July and August and by arrangement year-round, flying over the Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay and the Aran Islands.


Year-round, Aran Island Ferries has sailings to Inishmore (40 minutes, two to three daily), Inishmaan (45 minutes, two daily) and Inisheer (55 minutes, two daily). Crossings are subject to cancellation in high seas. Boats leave from Rossaveal Ferry Terminal, 38km west of Galway city, linked by shuttle bus. Contact the company in advance to arrange bike transport.

From mid-March to October, Doolin 2 Aran Ferries and Doolin Ferry Co run ferries to the Arans from Doolin, County Clare; they also run interisland ferries.