Thursday Travel: The Aran Islands

View from Inis Mór

If you ever happen to be in the Galway area, take a day (at least) and go see the Aran Islands. Last Thursday it’s where I was, and that visit was probably the highlight of my trip to Ireland.

Enjoying a snack from Dunnes Stores on Inis Mór

Take the ferry from Ros a’ Mhíl (pronounced ross-a-veal). At 45 minutes long, it is the shortest way to get from the mainland to the largest island, Inis Mór (pronounced “inish-more”). Once there, you can get a coach tour, a horse-and-cart tour, or rent bicycles to see the island. We opted for the “coach tour,” which was a packed 15-passenger van, narrated by a local who was referred to by other locals as “Greedy John.” This experience alone was absolutely worth 10 euro.

I like getting too close to the edges of things. As my aunt would say “If only the wind was blowing the other way…”

The main island boasts many must-see sights: ruined churches from monastic times, awesome sweater mills, seal beaches, local craftsmen weaving willow baskets, and the ancient ring fort of Dún Aonghasa (pronounced “dune-ain-gus”) which is set breathtakingly high on the cliffs. For lunch I recommend the little yellow inn across the street at the base of the hill to Dún Aonghasa. The soup is amazing.

And Mark, if you’re reading this, we had a great time meeting you and would love to stay in touch: email me any time! 🙂

Happy travels everyone!
Slán agaibh! 


About Tara Sullivan

Author of GOLDEN BOY (2013), THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET (2016), and TREASURE OF THE WORLD (2021). Published by Penguin Books for Young Readers Find out more at Or, follow me on Twitter: @SullivanStories
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