Top 10 Hotels in Aran Islands

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Hotel Doolin
Hotel Doolin

Fitzcross, Doolin 0000

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (73 reviews)

Located in Doolin, this family-friendly hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Doolin Cave, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mountain View …

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The Connacht Hotel
The Connacht Hotel

Dublin Road, Galway

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (846 reviews)

This family-friendly Galway hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Galway Irish Crystal Heritage Centre and Galway Greyhound …

$103
Armada Hotel
Armada Hotel

Spanish Point., Milltown Malbay

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (185 reviews)

This family-friendly Milltown Malbay hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Spanish Point Beach and …

$179
Rathbaun Hotel
Rathbaun Hotel

Main Street, Lisdoonvarna

2.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (83 reviews)

This family-friendly Lisdoonvarna hotel is located near the beach, 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Mountain View Horse Riding Centre …

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Sheedy's Country House Hotel
Sheedy's Country House Hotel

Lisdoonvarna, Lisdoonvarna

4.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (46 reviews)

Situated in Lisdoonvarna, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Mountain View Horse Riding Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of …

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Elements B&B
Elements B&B

Kilfenora Road, Lisdoonvarna

3.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (7 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Mountain View Horse Riding Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of …

$107
Lahinch Golf and Leisure Hotel
Lahinch Golf and Leisure Hotel

Main St, Lahinch

4.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (119 reviews)

This family-friendly Lahinch hotel is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Lahinch Seaworld, Lahinch Surf …

$88
Victoria Hotel
Victoria Hotel

Queen Street, Eyre Square, Galway

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (372 reviews)

Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Eyre Square, St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, and …

$142
Jurys Inn Galway
Jurys Inn Galway

Quay Street, Galway

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (907 reviews)

Located in Galway City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Kirwan's Lane, Galway City Museum, and Spanish Arch …

$152
Flannery's Hotel Galway
Flannery's Hotel Galway

Dublin Road, Galway

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (587 reviews)

Situated in Galway, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Galway Irish Crystal Heritage Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of South …

$97

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Aran Islands Hotel Guide

There may be quite a few people who can claim to have taken a day-trip to the Aran Islands by ferry from Galway Bay, but there are few who have immersed themselves in the dramatic, rugged charms of the islands by booking a hotel there. A few nights spent here in a hotel allows you to really appreciate the isolated tranquility of the place, and a few days spent exploring the archaeological treasures and sites of Celtic pilgrimage introduces you to a life lived at a much slower pace indeed.

Your Escape

For all their wild beauty there are still just enough hotels, guesthouses and accommodation options on these tiny, picturesque islands to make you feel perfectly at home, but not too many to spoil the sense of isolation and timelessness that makes them so special.

Even the largest of the islands, Inishmór, is home to just 900 people, but many of these now devote themselves to serving the day-trippers and adventurous hotel guests who choose to stay a little longer.

If you choose a hotel in Kilronan, on the southeastern side of the island where the ferries pull in, you will have plenty of options of places to stay, and even the chance for a lively night out in the restaurants and pubs.

Exquisite Isolation

Upon landing, you will not be that far from the crowd. If it is an ultimate escape you’re after, you’ll need to take a taxi or hike a little further from your disembarkation point. Hotels located away from Kilronan allow you to truly experience the mystical isolation of the islands. For many it is the hotels that are set further away from civilization, and more in the wilds, that define an Aran Island holiday. What you lose in facilities will be more than compensated for by those dramatic cliff top views as the lights of the mainland recede into the night.

The Arts

If it’s artistic inspiration you seek you’ll find plenty of arts and crafts to explore from a hotel or guesthouse on Inishmaan. This island has long attracted visionaries, poets and dreamers, and perhaps a few nights spent in the accommodating hotels of the island will help some of their spirit rub off on you. This is a place to really escape from life as we know it: early Christian monks sought solitude here, as did the author JM Synge. From your hotel you can walk each day past nonchalant cows and secretive sheep, taking in the impressive old forts and tracing the ancient ruined walls as you occasionally overhear the lilting tone of locals conversing in Gaelic.

If it’s robust traditional music in a remote, rugged setting that you seek then one of the hotels on Inisheer should be perfect for you. This tiny island is a renowned centre of Irish music, and you won’t have to search too hard to find a pub, where you can spend the evening enjoying the warm camaraderie of the locals as they play the songs that have warmed the hearts of many generations.

With awe-inspiring views, isolated beaches, ancient archaeological sites and plenty of welcoming hotels to choose from you can really explore the Aran Islands by booking a few nights in a remote hotel. Because when the day-trippers are all gone you’ll have the place to yourself.

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