Getting Here and Around

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Getting Here and Around

The best place to book your trip to the Aran Islands is at the Galway Tourist Information Office.

Decide between a short flight, a 20-minute boat ride on a high-speed catamaran, or an hour-long trip on comfortable ferries.

Aer Arran Islands offers 10-minute flights to the Aran Islands. The fare is €45 round-trip, leaving from Connemara Airport near Inverin, 30 km (19 miles) west of Galway.

The majority of boats for the Aran Islands leave from Ros an Mhil (Rossaveale), 37 km (23 miles) west of Galway City. (You can also reach the islands from Doolin in County Clare.) Park at Ros an Mhil, or book a shuttle bus from the city when buying your ticket. There are at least two sailings a day, and four or more in high season, timed to facilitate day trips. Ask when boarding about interisland ferries if you intend to visit more than one island. Inishmore, the biggest island, is the only one with organized transport. Book a tour or taxi in advance (through the TIO in Galway), or hire a bicycle or pony and trap on landing. Galway-based Lally Tours sells a bus-and-ferry package.

Transportation Contacts

Aer Arann Islands (091/593–034. www.aerarannislands.ie.)

Aran Islands Bike Hire (Kilronan Pier, Inishmore, Aran Islands, Co. Galway. www.aranislandsbikehire.com.)

Galway Discover Ireland Centre. Galway City's tourist office is the best place to go for ferry tickets to Aran Islands. Forster St., Eyre Sq., Galway City, Co. Galway. 091/537–700. www.discoverireland.ie/Ireland-s-Islands/The-Aran-Islands.

Noel Mahon Luxury Tours (Killeany, Kilronan, Inishmore, Aran Islands, Co. Galway. 087/778–2775. www.tourbusaranislands.com.)

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