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Staying on Aran Islands

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Staying on Aran Islands

So looking at staying on the islands overnight (Inish Mor) in the beginning of May, I see that at least one hotel requires a two night stay, the other a 48 hour notice to cancel. Are the ferries from Galway reliable enough to be able to make such a reservation?

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1. Re: Staying on Aran Islands

Are you looking at the first weekend in May? It's a bank holiday weekend, with Monday 6th May being the actual holiday.

Friday 3rd May through Monday 6th are likely to be busier than average and it's not unusual to require two nights and/or find slightly higher prices for such a weekend.

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I was actually thinking of doing this during the weekdays. like somewhere between the 6th-8th.. Honestly I'm really struggling on picking an itinerary. We fly into and out of Shannon and have a week. I feel it would be wise to go north, exploring Galway, Aran, Connemera, Ennis, Burren, or go south and hit Beara and Killarney; mixing in the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren.

Aran Islands looked like a good candidate for a day's bike ride and something different at night.

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We did an overnight stay on Inishmore on our last visit to Ireland and it was one of the highlights of our trip. (It was May 2011, so the same month you are planning your trip.) Aran Island Ferries offer package deals which includes the round trip ferry trip + one night's stay in a B&B for 50 euros. We did this deal and it worked out just fine. Our B&B was Clai Ban which is not fancy, but is well located within walking distance of the ferry and right next to the Ti Watty Pub. You can contact Aran Island Ferries to ask about what B&Bs they are using if you are particular about where you stay.

The ferries from Rossaveel (outside of Galway) are large and very reliable. The weather would have to be really bad to keep them from running. You should have no problem with the ferries in May.

It's great to spend the night on Inishmore. You have the town pretty much to yourself after the last ferry of the day leaves. The next day, we got up and had our bikes rented and were on the road just as the first ferry arrived from the mainland. Even stopping at the Spar supermarket for picnic supplies, we were pretty much ahead of the tourists all day. Thus, there were no crowds at Dun Aengus or the Seven Churches and we were the only people at one of the ring forts. Bliss!

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4. Re: Staying on Aran Islands

Appreciate the advice Longhorn, so do you need to book this in advance or can we just do it on the fly once we get there?

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5. Re: Staying on Aran Islands

We're not "on the fly" kind of travellers, so we booked in advance of our visit. Since mid-week in the 1st week of May should not be a busy time, you'd probably be OK. But you can always contact Aran Island Ferries if you want to make sure you can book their special at the last minute. I talked to them a couple times when we were planning our trip and they were really friendly and helpful.

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The beginning of May is not going to be a busy time, so you could take a day in Galway first, look around there, and book from there going to the Aran Ferries Office which is located centrally just off Eire Square near the train station.

Galway is great for nightlife, and you could experience that first. Crane Bar in dominic Street is great for Irish Music most nights, also worth checking out are Taffee's in Shop Street and Neachtain's on Cross Street, all real old style Irish pubs. Or check for events herehttp://www.galwaycitypubguide.com/

Aran Islands? Great place to go. Love it there. It's very relaxing, another world. An overnight stay is definitely a great idea.

Here you will find information about all the islands, travel information, a small accomodation list, as well as about their traditions and so on. enjoy-irish-culture.com/Aran-Islands.html. Enjoy. Regards, Colm

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That's exactly what I am going to do this year!

Thanks for this info. It's really helpful.

cheers,

Agata

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