5 Reasons to Go to the Aran Islands

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The Aran Islands—Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer—are three small islands 23 miles off the west coast of Ireland, in Galway Bay. While the word “island” usually conjures images of bikinis, white sand beaches, and balmy weather, the Aran Islands should, instead, call to mind Aran sweaters, pebbly shores, and, sometimes, bitter rain. The collective population on these three rocky islands is 1200. These aren’t your margarita-laced party islands. And yet, the Aran Islands have fascinated some of Ireland’s greatest writers and poets; thousands of tourists hop a ferry or a puddle jumper to this beautiful limestone archipelago each year. Here’s why: […]

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