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Galway to Aran Islands – Inis Oirr

Galway to Aran Islands – Inis Oirr

Smallest in size, but filled with charm

This 3km by 3km island is woven with intricate valleys, stone foot paths and small hills. Edged in a combination of sandy beaches and rocky coastline, Inis Oírr offers a different landscape around every corner and is perfect for a quiet, relaxing trip.

Tour Type
Ferry Transfer
Shuttle Service

AvailableAll Year

Duration1 Days

Departs FromGalway City

Departure PointVictoria Hotel

Departs at09:30

Group TourYes

Guided TourNo

Pick Up AvailableNo

Upon arriving to Inis Oírr, you’ll be greeted by golden sandy beaches, turquoise water and maybe even the island’s resident dolphin, Dusty! This tranquil collection of fishing villages is also home to a burial mound dating back to 1500 BC, a Medieval Church ruin buried half in the sand, and a 3-story tower built within a Stone Age fort. Among the shore, you’ll encounter a shipwreck from 1960, breathtaking views of Connemara and the Burren, and one of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches. Whichever path you take on the island, you’ll be sure to stumble upon history, traditions and a good cup of tea.

Things to do:

  • Visit the Craft Shop and Arts Centre
  • Pony and Trap Tours
  • Bike Hire
  • Walking Trails

Things to see:

  • MV Plassey, a 180ft shipwreck on the southside of the island
  • O’Briens Castle
  • Teampall Chaomháin, a sunken chapel

Outbound (Galway to Inis Oírr) Timetable:

Inis Oírr OutboundAMPM
Bus Departs Galway09:3017:15*
Ferry Departs Ros a’Mhíl10:3018:30
Arrive to Inis Oírr11:3019:30

*17:30 Friday


Inbound (Inis Oírr to Galway) Timetable:

Ferry Departs Island08:00**16:30
Bus Departs Ros a’Mhíl09:00***17:45
Arrive to Galway City10:0019:00

**08:45 Sunday

***10:00 Sunday

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 Oírr 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).

Bus Duration:
Approximately 1 hour

Ferry Duration:
Approximately 45 minutes


  • Return bus transfer from Galway to Rossaveal Harbour
  • Return ferry transfer from Rossaveal Harbour to Inis Oírr

Not Included

  • Activities on the Island
  • Tours on the Island
  • Food & Drink

Depart from Victoria Hotel, Queen Street

Inis Oirr Harbour

Rossaveal Harbour

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