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The largest of the Islands, with a population of around 800, the Island is a little over 9 miles long and 2 miles wide. There is abundant wildlife here and on the smaller Islands. Travel to Inis Mor and inter Island is well catered for, with a number of ferries and an air service available. On reaching the Island the visitor is met with a warm welcome and a choice of hotel, hostels, bed and breakfasts and a number of fascinating places to visit, principal amongst them being

1) Dun Aonghasa.

The finest example of a stone fort in Europe, probably built around 700BC. The fort goes to the cliff edge on the western side of the Island and it's survival bears witness to the skills and sheer effort of ancient Celtic tribesmen who toiled here nearly 3000 years ago.

2) Dun Arann Heritage Park.

At the highest point of the Island the visitor can experience life as it was in bygone days with a unique portrayal of the crafts and traditional lifestyle of yesteryear.

3) Aran Sweater Market and Museum.

Here the history of the world famous Aran sweater is explained, with an opportunity to buy today's high quality modern product still created with the skills and crafts handed down through the generations. These are just a few of the many and varied places of interest awaiting the visitor. Getting around the Island can be fun with the options of rented bikes, pony and trap, an occasional bus but probably the best option is to simply walk this beautiful Island, allowing time to take in the ambience and history of this special place. Food and drink on the Island tends towards the ample supply of fresh Atlantic fish but fine steaks are also a speciality of the friendly restaurants and pubs here. The Island also provides safe, sandy beaches for swimming and surfing, anglers may fish from chartered boats or simply from the rocks and nature lovers will be amazed by the volume and diversity of the bird and plant life to be found.

Useful contact details for the Aran Islands

Post Office (Bureau De Change)

Tel: (353) (0) 99 611 01
Gardai (Police) Tel: (353) (0) 99 611 02
Tourist Office Tel: (353) (0) 99 612 63
Island Ferries Tel:(353) (0) 91 568903
email: island@iol.ie www.aranislandferries.com
Doolin Ferries Tel: (353) (0) 91 567283
Aer Aran Tel: (353) (0) 91 930 34
Inter Island Ferries Tel: (353) (0) 91 566398
Heritatge Centre Tel: (353) (0) 99 613 55
Doctor Tel: (353) (0) 99 611 71
Aran Sweater Market Tel: (353) (0) 99 611 40
www.aransweatermarket.com
Aran Bike Hire Tel: (353) (0) 99 611 32
     
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