No holiday to Ireland would be complete without a trip to the mystical Aran Islands that are situated in the middle of Galway Bay. The rugged, natural beauty along with thatch roofed stone cottages that dot the islands provide a splendid example of Celtic and early Christian heritage and gives one the impression that they have just travelled back in time. The islands are Inishmore, the largest, Inishmaan and Inisheer being the smallest. With Gaelic still being the first language of the islanders, a true feel for 'older Ireland' is to be found. Throughout the islands, you will find the ruins of early Christian monasteries and fortifications, the best known being Dun Aengus which dates back over 2000 years, and many churches. The ruins of the House of Saint Edna, the most important medieval religious settlement on Inishmore, can still be seen.
Fishing is still the main industry on the islands and in many cases; the methods of the fishermen's ancestors are still used. The lives of these fishermen were the subject of the John M Synge 1904 play 'Riders to the Sea'. Please note this option is subject to availability and an additional charge. It can be pre arranged by your driver. Discuss this with him at the beginning of your tour. Also note that your driver will not be accompanying you on this tour. Instead a local Island guide will drive you around the island or you can rent bicycles when you get off the ferry.