Welcome to Aran Islands


An extension of the limestone escarpment that forms the Burren in Clare, the islands have shallow topsoil scattered with wildflowers, grass where livestock grazes and jagged cliffs pounded by surf. Ancient forts here are some of the oldest archaeological remains in Ireland.

Inishmore (Irish: Inis Mór) is the largest island and home to the only town, Kilronan. Inishmaan (Inis Meáin) preserves its age-old traditions and evokes a sense of timelessness. Inisheer (Inis Oírr), the smallest island, has a strong trad culture.


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$39.96 Day Trips & Excursions

Galway to Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Trip with Admission Ticket

Leave Galway and head southwest on board your luxury coach in the direction of the world-famous Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. Traveling along scenic coastal roads, your tour stops to visit cute fishing villages and historic sites as you go. First stop is in Kinvara, a pretty fishing village known for its star attraction – Dunguaire Castle. Stroll around it outside with your guide and hear tales of its impressive history that dates back to the 16th century.Continue your journey through Burren National Park – or simply ‘the Burren’ – and marvel at its utterly intriguing landscape, with rolling hills covered with limestone rocks. The park is home to numerous ancient monuments like the Poulnabrone Dolmen, which is said to be the most photographed Megalithic monument in the country, and the little-known Ballyalban Fairy Fort.Just outside the town of Kilfenora, stop and hop off your coach to see some Celtic crosses, and learn about their history and symbolism from your guide. The tiny coastal village of Doolin is nearby, and lunch takes place here, in one of the town’s legendary pubs -- Gus O'Connors -- that's famous for its traditional Irish music and great food.Your afternoon is spent at the stunning Cliffs of Moher, and it’s sure to be the highlight of your day. With approximately two hours to spend here at your leisure, walk around enjoying unforgettable views over the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands. Featured in classic movies like The Princess Bride and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the cliffs are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and perfect for a bracing walk with unforgettable scenery.Return to Galway via the coastal roads, enjoying one last break for a walk on the Burren.

$57.09 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher Day Tour, Cruise from Galway

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor, County ClareIreland's most visited natural attraction. Enjoy a walk along these spectacular cliffs and visit the environmentally friendly vistor centre.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Inis Oirr (Inisheer) LighthouseTake a leisurely walk on the island of Inisheer, hire a bike, or experience the island in a pony and trap. Duration: 2 hours

$51.38 Day Trips & Excursions

Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Cork

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Paddywagon Day Tours, Cork, County CorkCheck in at 7.30am with our friendly Paddywagon Staff at our Tourist Office located on Bridge Street. Ready for a 7.45am departure. We depart Cork and enjoy a scenic drive across the beautiful golden vale of Cork, to historic Limerick city. This city is the setting for blockbuster novel and movie Angela's Ashes, and is also the home of the Munster rugby team. Stop At: The Burren, County ClareWe depart Doolin and visit one of the most unusual limestone surfaces anywhere - the Burren, a lunar landscape dating back 300 million years with unique features such as underground lakes and waterfalls. If it's the right season you may see one of the 26 different types of orchids that grow here right on beautiful Galway Bay. As we stroll through this rugged surface we understand how Neil Armstrong felt when he set foot on the moon in August 1969.Duration: 20 minutesPass By: Galway Bay, Galway, County Galway, Western IrelandThe tour continues with a coastal drive along Galway Bay.Stop At: Bunratty Castle, Bunratty, County ClareWe stop at Bunratty Castle, for a photo stop and a chance to grab a coffee and refresh yourself. You can easily imagine Norman knights, Gaelic warriors, and jousting chieftains at this hallowed spot.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor, County ClareWe spend 1.5 hours at the Cliffs of Moher - one of the world's greatest natural attractions. These cliffs stand 1/3 the size of the Empire State Building and have large populations of puffins and gannets. You can enjoy a hike or a relaxed walk, while gazing in amazement at this geological and natural beauty. The Cliffs of Moher also have shops and restaurants, anything from snacks and souvenirs available in plenty. Visitor charges at the Cliffs are included in the tour price saving you €6. You will also receive a complimentary ticket to the award winning Atlantic Edge exhibition that examines all aspects of the mighty Cliffs of Moher.Duration: 2 hoursPass By: King John's Castle, Limerick, County LimerickWe will view and learn about King John's Castle and the River Shannon. We continue via County Clare to the west coast of Ireland.

$39.96 Tours & Sightseeing

Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Tour from Limerick

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Paddywagon Tours, Limerick, County LimerickWe leave historic Limerick City, and en-route we will view King Johns Castle and the river Shannon. We continue via County Clare to the west coast of Ireland.Stop At: Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor, County ClareWe spend 1.5 hours at the Cliffs of Moher - one of the world's greatest natural attractions. The cliffs stand 1/3 the size of the Empire State Building and have large populations of puffins and gannets. You can enjoy a hike or a relaxed walk, while gazing in amazement at this geological and natural beauty. The Cliffs of Moher also have shops and restaurants, anything from snacks and souvenirs available in plenty. Visitor charges at the Cliffs are included in the tour price saving you €6. You will also receive a complimentary ticket to the award winning Atlantic Edge exhibition that examines all aspects of the mighty Cliffs of Moher.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Doolin Cliff Walk, Doolin, The Burren, County ClareWe depart from the Cliffs of Moher for a stop in Doolin, a lovely village where you may wish to enjoy a traditional Irish pub lunch (optional), maybe a seafood chowder with a pint of the local Doolineer pint (optional). On the way we will have superb views of the Atlantic coast and the Aran Islands.Duration: 1 hourStop At: The Burren, County ClareWe depart Doolin and visit one of the most unusual limestone surfaces anywhere - the Burren, a lunar landscape dating back 300 million years with unique features such as underground lakes and waterfalls. If it's the right season you may see one of the 26 different types of orchids that grow here right on beautiful Galway Bay. As we stroll through this rugged surface we understand how Neil Armstrong felt when he set foot on the moon in August 1969.The tour continues with a coastal drive along Galway Bay.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Bunratty Castle, Bunratty, County ClareWe stop at Bunratty Castle, for the chance to grab a coffee and refresh yourself. You can easily imagine Norman Knights, Gaelic warriors and Jousting Chieftains at this hallowed spot.**PHOTO STOP**Duration: 20 minutesPass By: Paddywagon Tours, Limerick, County LimerickWe leave Bunratty Castle for the short return drive to Limerick. The tour finishes at 5pm approx. (Passengers from.UL please note that due to traffic conditions you will be dropped off in the city center)

$352.80 Day Trips & Excursions

Western Ireland Tour from Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Galway

Don’t miss this spectacular 2-day guided trip through Ireland’s west coast by rail and coach, including an overnight stay in a 4-star accommodation plus breakfast! Day 1: Dublin – Galway - Bunratty VillageCheck in at Dublin Heuston Station, where you’ll meet your friendly host and catch the 11:25am train to Galway. Enjoy the afternoon exploring Galway before a 6pm transfer to your accommodation in Bunratty Village, where you’ll spend your evening enjoying a medieval banquet with legendary Irish entertainment.Overnight: 4-star hotel in BunrattyDay 2: Limerick – Dublin (B)After breakfast at your hotel, meet your nowledgeable guide and group, tour the castle. Fully restored in 1954 to its former 15th-century glory – and view the beautiful medieval tapestries, art and furnishings inside. Continue to the 26-acre (10-hectare) Folk Village Park and tour the grounds where more than 30 buildings bring 19th-century rural Ireland to life.Next, stop for lunch (own expense) at a classic pub in Doolin Village, a charming seaside town located along the rugged Atlantic coastline near the stunning Cliffs of Moher. After enjoying a meal and perhaps a pint, pass the stunning cliffs – designated a UNESCO Geo Park – and catch breathtaking views of natural landmarks like the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins and Maum Turk Mountains.Finally, enter the barren limestone landscape of the Burren coast, rounding Black Head before heading along the shores of Galway Bay. When you arrive in Galway, join the Dublin-bound train (dinner service available onboard at own expense), arriving at Dublin Heuston Station at 9:45pm.Please note: the Bunratty Castle banquet will not be operating until March 12 due to renovation work

$34.25 Day Trips & Excursions

Moher Cliffs, Coast of County Clare, Burren Tour from Galway

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Dunguaire CastleMedieval tower house castle on the shores of Galway Bay. Duration: 20 minutesPass By: Corcomroe Abbey, County ClareThis fascinating 12th century Cistercian monastery is set in the famous grey hills of the BurrenStop At: The Burren, County ClareOne of the World's best examples of a Glacio-Karst landscapeDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Doolin Pier, Doolin, The Burren, County ClareA chance to walk around, get some amazing photos and feel the sea breeze on your skin.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor, County ClareIreland's most visited natural attraction. Enjoy a walk along these spectacular Cliffs and visit the environmentally friendly visitor centre.Duration: 2 hours

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