The Aran Islands are a set of three islands off the coast of Galway bay and are a must visit for those in the area. Inhabited by approximately 1200 people who speak both Irish and English, they offer a true insight into rural Ireland. On these islands visitors will find stunning picturesque scenes of the Atlantic Ocean and Galway Bay, best viewed from the cliff sides that tower above sea level. The main attractions on the islands are well preserved ancient ring forts and religious buildings from times gone by. The islands are accessible by ferry or airplane and are best explored by cycling around these small gems.
The most notable attraction can be found on the largest of these islands, Inis Mór, where you will find an ancient ring fort, Dún Aonghasa, which is the best example of its kind in Europe. Based on a high cliff side overlooking the Atlantic it is a magnificent defensive structure that is not to be missed as it dates back to 1500B.C. Admission to the fort costs a couple of euros and tours are free.