Inis Mór, Aran Islands
Inis Mór, with a population of about 800 is the largest of the three Irish speaking Aran Islands, in the mouth of Galway Bay, are renowned for their unique way of life, where the age old traditions co-exist comfortably with modern living. The islands have a rich history which can be seen from their ancient monuments, from both prehistoric and Christian times. The three islands are part of County Galway, but their limestone base is closely connected with that of the Burren in Co. Clare. Ancient crafts and skills can still be seen today on the islands, with stunning, locally produced knitwear available.
Approximately 14 kms (8.7 miles) in length and 3.8 kms (2.4 miles) in width, Aran (Inis Mór) is a walkers paradise. Feel the peace and listen to the silence, between sea and sky, on craggy cliffs or all along a quiet, indented coastline. Aran has an abundance of wildlife and some 437 varieties of wildflowers. If pedaling is your pleasure hire a bike in Kilronan village and meander at will around this lovely island or take a pony and trap, or a guided tour with a modern minibus, from the pier.
Alternatively, see Aran on horseback along the pathways of history on this unique island. Swim in unpolluted seas, study rare flowers and wildlife, write, paint, take pictures, fish for a specimen or just relax. unwind and learn spoken Irish in this bilingual community. And when the Celtic twilight comes, drop in for a quiet pint, or enjoy a wealth of Irish music and dance in one our lovely pubs around the village.