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The Islands

Islands of Galway and the West of Ireland
Any holiday in the west of Ireland should include a visit to one of the 7 islands off the West coast which consist of the 3 Aran Islands of Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr and further north to Inishbofin, Inishturk, Clare Island and beyond to Achill Island off the coast of Mayo. Island life is difficult to describe and impossible to forget. Life moves that little bit slower on these islands, and stress is much less than on the mainland. However, there is still many activities to do. You can visit historical sites, go cycling, horse riding or walking, take in the breathtaking scenery and spend time in the many visitor centres, and take part in local music, art, craft and walking festivals.
http://www.aranislandsbikehire.com
Aran Bike Hire is located on Inis mor Island and provides premium bike hire for visitors to Inis Mor Island. There is a wide range bikes available for hire for either for the day or for a holiday. Aran Bike Hire is conveniently located at the beginning of the pier on Inis Mor Island when you get off the boat so you don''t need to walk for ages to find a bike. You will also get with a free map of Inis Mor which details the Islands hidden treasures as well as the more famous ones. As the island is small the best way to explore Inis Mor island is by bike!
http://www.aranislandsbikehire.com
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http://www.aranislandferries.com
Aran Island Ferries sail to the Aran Islands located in Galway Bay all year round. All boats depart from Ros a' Mhíl, a port 23 miles west of Galway City centre. Aran Island Ferries operate a fleet of luxury, purpose-built ferries that vary in passenger capacity to accommodate private charter, as well as our scheduled sailings and ensure that our customers enjoy the best possible service. All our boats (except the Sea Sprinter) have a snack bar serving light refreshments and alcoholic beverages. <br> <ul> <li> Passengers are advised to allow one hour driving time from the City to the Port and must check in 1/2 an hour prior to sailing time.</li> <li> If availing of our Shuttle Bus service which departs from Merchants Rd in the City Centre, passengers are advised to check in 1&frac12; hours prior to sailing time.</li> <li> Irish Free Travel Pass/ Senior Smart Pass accepted.</li> <li> For excellent group and family rates please call our office.</li> <li> Major credit cards accepted. </li> </ul>
http://www.aranislandferries.com
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http://www.aranislands.ie/
The Aran Islands are richly unique. Landscapes of Limestone rock, a stretch of cliffs facing the moods of the Atlantic, Large bolders, rock formations, and unusally clean beaches. It is also a place steeped in emmense cultural heritage and history. The Islands themselves are an outdoor museum of artifacts of religous and cultural importance.
http://www.aranislands.ie/
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http://www.connemaracoastaltours.com/
Connemara Coastal Tours offer tailor-made holiday breaks along the stunning coast of Connemara in the west of Ireland. They will bring you to the many areas of Connemara, including the secluded coves and meandering back roads that other tours miss. <br><br>Go Island hopping to Inishbofin, Inishturk and Clare Island. All three can be reached by ferry. Inishbofin is home to ancient forts and monastic ruins, while Clare Island is a walkers and divers paradise and once home to pirate queen Granuaile. Inishturk has breathtaking cliffs and numerous archaeological sites and also excellent walking and diving. Macdaras Island, 7 miles out in the Atlantic, is uninhabited. In Galway Bay, the three Aran Islands are some of Irelands most famous and a haven of traditional language and culture. Connemara Coastal Tours specialise in custom built tours for groups of up to 16 taken by luxury minibus and can provide airport transfers directly to your accommodation and will pick you up each morning for sight-seeing or activity tours.
http://www.connemaracoastaltours.com/
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http://www.fahertytours.com/
Faherty Tours is a Galway based tour operator providing excursions to The Aran Islands and Connemara. They provide guided bus tours of the Aran Islands, Connemara, and Galway and also provide a host of other coach hire services. The Guided tour of Connemara and the Aran Islands in 1 Day is the first of its kind and provides a way to see the best of both places in the space of one day. This is a tour designed for the customer to really see the best of what Galway, Connemara, and the Aran Islands has to offer. All of their tour guides are born in Connemara or The Aran Islands. They all speak both English & Irish, (gaelic) and are selected because of their personality and historic background. <br><br> The guided tour of Connemara and the Aran Islands in 1 Day takes in the dramatic scenery in Connemara, brings you off the main routes and onto those small country roads where you can still see the daily activities of the locals. Here you will also you find the best views of Connemara. The Connemara section of this one day tour includes a stop at the Quiet man Bridge, takes you inside the Quiet Man Cottage, up to Maam lookout point directly in front of the 12 pins, before venturing past turf fields, a waterfall, and then up a winding road with views all the way up to tower Camus. Here you can see breath taking 360 degree views of Connemara, the 12 pins, and out to the Aran Islands. Once at the port of Rossaveal the tour takes you by boat to the Aran Islands. This part of the tour takes you straight up to the world heritage site Dun Aonghasa before winding down with a visit to a blue flag beach, Maggie Dannins Cottage, Man of Aran Cottage, The Seven Churches, The Aran Seal Colony. This tour includes the price of all tickets and is inexpensive. This is a full on action packed day leaving from Galway city, and a perfect way to see both Connemara and the Aran Islands in one day.
http://www.fahertytours.com/
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http://www.inisoirr-island.com/
Inis Oírr is the smallest and most beautiful of the Aran Islands. The nearest island to the mainland, it is set in glistening crystal clear blue atlantic waters and boasts an amazing beach, rare plants and flowers and a wealth of breathtaking scenery. The island is close to the Burren with its unusual eclectic mix of colour and the Cliffs of Moher clearly visible in all its panoramic splendor.
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http://www.inishbofin.com/
Located off the west coast of County Galway, Inishbofin remains one of Irelands best loved islands. It lies approximately 8 kilometers (5 miles) off the coast of Connemara, County Galway. It is about 5.5 km (3½ mi) long and 3 km (2 mi) wide, and has around 200 inhabitants. It was singled out by St Colman as the location for his monastery because of its tranquillity, and the same serenity surrounds the island today.<br/><br/> The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy the sheltered beach coves and Europe’s clearest blue waters, with experienced divers drawn to explore the aquatic life of the Atlantic Ocean, and fishermen inspired by the prospect of deep-sea and rock angling. For the history buff, there are many Celtic and early Christian fortified habitations be found on the island. Nature lovers will be captivated by the number of bird sanctuaries on the island. The island is also popular with artists and has it's own annual arts festival. The friendly local Community Club hosts traditional music sessions, frequent folk dancing, and ceilis. Inishbofin can be reached by ferry from the pier in Cleggan.
http://www.inishbofin.com/
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http://www.inishbofindaytours.com/
Inishbofin Island Day Tours offers a quailty, informative and adventurous fun day tour for all ages and abilities. If you are looking to revive flagging spirits, enliven your soul or to simply relax and enjoy the stunning unspoilt natural scenery, Island of the White Cow is the place to visit. Tours Depart and return from Westport Tourist Centre. The small group tours depart daily from westport tourist office at 10am and pass through some of Irelands most scenic and mountainous backdrops, Killary Fjord and Kylemore abbey before catching the country’s most dramatic and scenic Ferry crossings over to Inishbofin Island. Inishbofin Island (Island of the White Cow) lies only 10km off Galway coast. The Island is 8 km by 5km and has a high season population of approx 300 and is easily reached by a 30 min fast, modern and comfortable ferry crossing.
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http://www.inishbofinislanddiscovery.com
No visit to Connemara is complete without a visit to Inishbofin Island, one of the most westerly Islands off the Irish coastline. The unique Island of Inishbofin is located only 10 kilometers off the north Connemara coast, and is only a 30 minute crossing from the idyllic fishing village of Cleggan, just minutes drive from Clifden. The Ferry Service is aboard the fast, Comfortable ferry named “The Island Discovery”. Located only ninety minutes west of Galway city Cleggan is the point of departure for the Ferry service to the island. The Island Itself, is a haven of beauty, boasting magnificent scenery from cliff top walks to the sea on all sides to white sandy beaches and an abundance of rare flora and fauna.
http://www.inishbofinislanddiscovery.com
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http://www.inishturkisland.com/
Inishturk is a small beautiful island, 5km x 2.5km, located 14.5km off the west coast of Mayo, between the Islands of Inishbofin and Clare Island. It rises boldly from the wild North Atlantic in wall-like cliffs to the northwest and steep hills to the north on which stands the ruins of the old signal tower 722 ft above sea level. Ferries from Roonagh Co. Mayo and Cleggan Co. Galway.
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