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Inishmore - Árainn

Explore Inishmore - Árainn

Inishmore (Árainn) is the largest of the Galway Aran Islands and has been attracting visitors to its rugged shores for generations. The island is an extension of the famous limestone rocks of The Burren, where limestone pavements crisscrossed with grikes, host a plethora of, often extremely rare, wild flowers such as gentian violets and orchids. The landscape of Inishmore is a patchwork of fields hemmed in by precariously balanced dry stone walls.

You can walk, cycle or ride the lane ways here to discover the island's most celebrated monument, Dún Aonghusa. One of the most famous and most important prehistoric sites in Europe, this semi circular stone fort sits dramatically on top of a 100 metre drop into the sea. Elsewhere circular forts, early Christian remains, 12th Century high crosses and medieval churches dot the island.

Traditions are very much alive on Inishmore; nightly music sessions, regular dances and even currach racing are part of everyday life. Whether you wander the flower strewn lane ways, watch the seals in the clean waters or relax on the beach, you will undoubtedly be smitten by the people, culture and heritage of this incredible island


Key Facts and Information

Accommodation

Hotel, guesthouses, holiday homes, b&b's, hostel, cafés, restaurants, pubs, shop, crafts. Bike hire, tour bus, taxi.

Highlights

Dún Aonghusa fort; Na Seacht dTeampall ( the seven churches ); flora and fauna; live music.

Population

Over 800, increasing in high season. A Gaeltacht island.

Size

Approx 14 km long by 3.8 km wide.

When to visit

Best time is April to October, but busiest

Inishmore - Árainn

Inishmore - Árainn




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