Day 5: Wednesday
Rest Day. Visit Aran Islands or Day in Galway city
Accommodation: Station House Hotel, Clifden
Your heading off on a ferry this morning. This is your opportunity to visit the Aran Islands, do a little hiking giving those cycling muscles as well as other bits and pieces a rest for a day. Alternatively you can spend the day in Galway city if you prefer. We will give you a full briefing on both options so you can make an informed decision.
We will transfer you to the pier in Doolin, where you take the ferry to Inis Mor, the largest of the three Aran Islands. If you have opted for the 5 day tour we will transfer you to Galway city.
Exploring the Islands uncompromising landscape which is home to a resourceful and resilient island population. Lots of little pubs and restaurants on the island as well as the great opportunity to purchase an Aran sweater for which the islands are widely renowned. We strongly recommend a pair of sturdy walking boots for your exploration of the island. The highlight of your visit to Inis Mor will be Dun Aengus (thats a photo of it above).This prehistoric stone fort was the last stronghold on what was once believed to be the most Westerly point on the map of the World. The island is 8 miles long and 2 miles wide so very little chance of getting lost.
Here, on the very edge of Europe, is an island rich in the language, culture and heritage of Ireland, unique in its geology and archaeology and in its long tradition of gentle hospitality. Here is a place to sense the spirit of Gaelic Ireland, to touch the past, but with all the comforts and facilities of the present. Aran will take you back to an Ireland of Celts and Early Christians. This is an island of great peace and tranquility, but it is also an island of great fun and activity.
A timeless land in an endless sea, weathered monuments on awesome cliffs, great labyrinths of limestone, meandering walls, patchwork fields, quiet beaches and a welcoming island people, this is Aran in Galway bay on the west coast of Ireland
You will return to Rossaveal harbor in Galway this evening where we will be waiting to transfer you to the town of Clifden. The transfer will take you through some of the most scenic valleys in Connemara. Lighting is everything when it comes to scenery. The sun casts a gentler light across the mountains and valleys of Connemara as we make our way to Clifden. By the time we get to your accommodation you will understand we have brought you to an incredibly beautiful corner of Ireland.