Rossaveal (Ros an Mhíl) is a busy working port with a small fleet of colourful trawlers which ply the seas of the western seaboard for codling, pollack, wrasse, pouting, ling and many other species. The greater part of the community speak Irish as their first language, which is quite an achievement given the number of visitors passing through the port every day. The Irish name “Ros an Mhíl” translates from the original Irish as “the peninsula of the whale or sea monster”. The village is the home of the Ros a’ Mhíl centre, and a number of Irish language schools are located in the greater Rossaveal area.
Getting to Rossaveal
Bus Eireann Route 424 provides regular services from Galway to Rossaveal. Alternatively you can take the Aran Ferries shuttle bus from Merchants Road in Galway city centre. Tickets can be bought online here. If you are driving simply follow the R336 road west from Galway to Rossaveal.
Where to stay
Rossaveal and it’s surrounding villages have good accommodation options including self-catering holiday homes, guesthouses and B&B's.
Rossaveal is surrounded by beautiful coastal towns. Don't miss Carraroe and Lettermore if you are travelling north, and don't miss Spiddal, and Galway, if you are travelling south.
Things to do in Rossaveal
If you are waiting for an island ferry, take a walk around the fishing harbour and snap some of the colourful fishing boats.
Rossaveal is the home base of Aer Arann Islands, the company charged with operating flights to the Aran Islands, just 10 minutes flying-time away. Why not take one of their scenic flights over the Cliffs of Moher and Aran islands.