Galway to Aran Islands – Inis Meáin
The best example of Irish traditional lifestyle
Inis Meáin is the center (or middle) Island which lies quietly between its big brother, Inis Mór, and its smaller brother Inis Óirr. Certainly the quietest of the three islands, Inis Meáin remains a hidden gem. The main industries on the island consist of fishing and sheep raising.
Tour Type Ferry Transfer Shuttle Service
Departs FromGalway City
Departure PointVictoria Hotel
Pick Up AvailableNo
Similar to its neighbours, the island holds a maze of quaint thatched roof cottages, stone walled fields and karst limestone landscapes. From nearly every corner of the island, the 4,000 year old oval shaped Dún Chonchuir (Conor’s Fort) can be seen, as it lies on the highest ground. Hike to the top of the fort for exquisite panoramic views of the neighbouring islands and the Galway Bay.
You can also visit the summer home of “The Playboy of the Western World” writer, John Millington Synge. He spent the summers of 1989 to 1902 on the island, and was thought that he was working on a series of his upcoming poems, prose and plays.
Inis Meáin is home to renowned Irish language and culture courses, where you’ll learn history, traditions, and even set dancing. As the main industries are fishing and sheep raising, many of the renowned Aran sweaters come from Inis Meáin.
Things to do:
- Inis Meáin Knitwear Company
- Bike Hire
- Walking Trail
Things to see:
- Conor’s Fort
- Synge’s Chair
- Teampall na Seacht Mac Rí (Church of the Seven Sons of the King)
- Tra Leitreach (a beautiful, sheltered beach)
Outbound (Galway to Inis Oírr) Timetable:
|Inis Meain Outbound||AM||PM|
|Bus Departs Galway||09:30||17:15*|
|Ferry Departs Ros a’Mhíl||10:30||18:30|
|Arrive to Inis Meain||11:15||19:15|
Inbound (Inis Meain to Galway) Timetable:
|Ferry Departs Island||08:00**||16:30|
|Bus Departs Ros a’Mhíl||09:00***||17:50|
|Arrive to Galway City||10:00||19:00|
Getting to the Aran Islands from Galway is easy with Lally Tours. We provide a daily transport service from Galway to the port at Rossaveal (bus journey approx 1 hour). Ferry transport to Inis Meain is approximately 45 minutes. Return ticket includes bus transport to/from Galway, and ferry transport to and from Inis Oírr.
Bus Departure Point:
Queen Street (in front of Victoria Hotel).
Approximately 1 hour
Approximately 45 minutes
- Return bus transfer from Galway to Rossaveal Harbour
- Return ferry transfer from Rossaveal Harbour to Inis Meáin
- Activities on the Island
- Tours on the Island
- Food & Drink
Depart from Victoria Hotel, Queen Street
Inis Meain Harbour