Aran Bus Tours was established in 1991 to meet the growing demand for guided tours of the historic and scenic sites of Inishmore - the largest of the three Aran Islands.
The tour runs approximately 2.5 - 3 hours and it goes from coast to coast visiting the archaeological sites and ancient ruins of Inishmore.
Group rates available.
Early morning and late evenings tours may also be arranged.
Inishmore is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. The Island is 11 miles long and about 3 miles wide and is mostly made of barren limestone rock and small fields which are surrounded by stone walls. The population of the island is about 800.
Inishmore is like outdoor museum with over 50 different monuments of Christian, Pre-Christian and Celtic mythological heritage. There are also several geological wonders on Inishmore including the Wormhole (Poll na bPéist), puffing holes and some of the most spactacular cliff coastline in Europe.
The most famous site of Inishmore is undoubedly Dún Aonghasa - the spectacular triple walled fort built at the edge of an approximately 300 feet high cliff c. 2000 BC.
There are three other similar and impressive forts on Inishmore - Dún Dúchathair (The Black Fort), Dún Eochla and Dún Eoghanachta.
Inishmore was an important centre for early Irish christianity. The remains of ancient churches and monasteries can be found on the island and including Teampall Bheanain which is reputed to be the smallest church in the world, Teampall Chiaráin with fine examples of standing stones and Na Seacht dTeampaill (the Seven Churches) which is the finest example of a monastic settlement on Inishmore.
Inishmore is also a home to thousands of animals and plants. At low tide you can clearly see the seals basking on a shoreline at the Seal Colony.
The three Aran Islands of Inis Mór (Big Island), Inis Meáin (Middle Island) and Inis Oírr (East Island) are located off the west coast of Ireland, at the mouth of Galway Bay.
The Aran Islands are famous for their geological formation, historical monuments and linguistic cultural heritage. The Irish (Gealic) language is spoken here as the first language (English is also spoken).
The stunning scenery, thousands of miles of stone walls, peaceful atmosphere and friendly people make the islands a special place to visit.
Each of the Islands, Inis Oírr, Inis Meain and the largest Inis Mór has its own individual character and is a favourite for bus tours. All natives speak Irish. You’ll find ancient forts, churches and monuments on all 3 Islands. The flora and fauna is also different on each. The Islands are easily reached by passenger ferry from Doolin in Co. Clare or Rossaveal in Co. Galway. Flights are available from Inverin in Co. Galway.
The Aran Islands are located in the center of the Wild Atlantic Way, so if you are on this track just leave your car for a day and visit this unique place.