The stunning Aran Islands, located outside of Galway Bay on Ireland’s West Coast, are breathtaking, rugged islands poised with natural beauty. Each of the islands, Inis Oirr, Inis Meain, and Inis Mor, have their own unique character and flair. Our most recent trip to Ireland included a day trip from Galway to the largest of the three islands, Inis Mor (Inishmore) – accessible by ferry from the town of Doolin in County Clare or Rossaveal in County Galway. Full of hiking, biking, and extensive opportunities for breathtaking views, Inis Mor is more adequately presented in the format of a photo gallery rather than by words. Make sure to take a bus tour of the island, especially if you’re short on time. All guides are locals, the experience is authentic, and the cost is a mere 10 euros per person. Highlights include numerous ancient stone forts and churches, The Dun Aengus cliffs, The Wormhole, the Aran Sweater Market, and the Teampall Bheanaian. If you’re staying overnight, you may decide to rent bikes or walk around the island, taking in the sites at a more relaxed pace. No matter how you choose to see the Aran Islands, you won’t be disappointed by the immense beauty, hospitality, and authenticity of your stay.