Destination guide

Want a break from the average? Off to the Aran Islands then!

Easily visible from Ireland's mainland, the rocky Aran Islands rise hauntingly out of the water and beckon visitors who want peace, quiet, and a little mystery in their lives. Your Aran Islands vacation rental will be on 1 of 3 windswept locales: Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer. There are about 1,000 inhabitants on the islands, and most live traditionally in stone cottages with pony-drawn wagons to help them get around. That leaves lots of room for historic ruins, rocky beaches, and vast fields of green that are dotted with wildflowers in spring and summer.

Things to do

Indulge a maritime fantasy of castles, forts, and shipwrecks

Ever want to feel younger than you are? You'll enjoy comparing yourself to the historic places near your Aran Islands vacation rental. Dun Aengus is a fort on the largest island, Inishmore, and thought to be 2,000 years old. It consists of dramatic drystone walls arranged in concentric circles and bordered by sheer cliffs. The smallest island, Inisheer, is nothing to sneeze at. It's home to O'Brien's Castle, built in the 14th century, and the Plassy shipwreck. The Plassy was thrown onto shore in 1960 and is still largely intact. Its cargo of whiskey, sadly, was lost.

Activities

Run wild or take it slow in an untouched Irish wilderness

The Aran Islands are isolated, quiet, and though popular, still give you the feeling that you're the first genius to discover them. The most natural thing to do once you get to your Aran Islands vacation rental is go exploring. Guided tours can take you to significant historic sites, and many include stops at the stunning Cliffs of Moher on the mainland. You can go hunting for one of the few sandy beaches that hide in coves around the northern shores, or relax over a simple lunch in the village or a hearty pint in the pub.

Weather

Something has to make the country green (hint: it's rain)

Ireland is known for chilly winters and lots of rain, but your Aran Islands vacation rental will be in an unusually temperate zone. Average temperatures range from the high 50s in July and August to the 40s in January. You'd be crazy to leave your umbrella at home, but if you travel in late May, when skies are sunniest, you might not have to get too wet. The islands are most popular in summer, and you can avoid crowds and find lower prices in winter. Boats don't travel to the islands in rough weather, though, so check local forecasts.

Natural features

Stark cliffs made friendly by feathered friends

The Aran Islands' jagged, grassy cliffs support a wide variety of arctic, Mediterranean, and alpine plants thanks to the rare combination of limestone bedrock, shallow topsoil, and temperate weather. Crevices in the rock provide shelter for shrubs, evergreens shoot up from fields of gravel, and wildflowers flourish on grassy meadows. Purple gentian, orchids, cowslips, and oxalis bloom in spring. Seabirds, pheasants, and swallows provide entertainment for bird lovers, and they aren't the only winged creatures to enjoy: imagine butterflies flashing orange, yellow, and purple as they ride the wind.

Where to stay around Aran Islands?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 111 vacation rentals near Aran Islands. From 58 Cottages to 58 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Aran Islands for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Aran Islands?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Aran Islands. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Doolin: 156 vacation rentals
  • Clifden: 447 vacation rentals
  • Co. Clare: 603 vacation rentals
  • Connemara: 803 vacation rentals
  • Lahinch: 130 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Aran Islands! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Aran Islands?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Aran Islands:

  • Doolin: 156 rentals
  • Clifden: 447 rentals
  • Lahinch: 130 rentals
  • Fanore: 132 rentals
  • Roundstone: 281 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Aran Islands?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Aran Islands are:

  • Inishmore Airport (IOR): 209 vacation rentals
  • Inishmaan Aerodrome Airport (IIA): 237 vacation rentals
  • Inisheer Airport (INQ): 231 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Aran Islands?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Aran Islands. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cliffs of Moher: 219 rentals
  • Coral Beach: 263 rentals
  • Patrick Pearse's Cottage: 440 rentals
  • Lahinch Seaworld: 233 rentals
  • Doolin Cave: 279 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Aran Islands listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.