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Clai Ban
Clai Ban

Kilronan, Inishmore

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

Located in Kilronan, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Dun Ducathair, Dun Eochla, and Teampall Bheanain. Kilmurve …

€80
Doolin View Bed & Breakfast
Doolin View Bed & Breakfast
8.7 km from Aran Islands
3.0 out of 5.0
4.9 out of 5 (11 reviews)

Situated in Doolin, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of The North Clare Sea Kayaking Tour Company and Doolin Garden …

€83
Glasha Meadows
Glasha Meadows
8.9 km from Aran Islands
4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (31 reviews)

Situated in Doolin, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Doolin Garden and Nursery and Doolin Cave. The North Clar …

€76
Cois na hAbhann B&B
Cois na hAbhann B&B
9 km from Aran Islands
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this country house is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Doolin Cave and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cliffs of Moher an …

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Liscannor Harbour Hotel
Liscannor Harbour Hotel
15 km from Aran Islands

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kenny Woollen Mills Shop, Lahinch Golf Club, and Lahinch Seaworl …

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Atlantic Hotel
Atlantic Hotel
17.5 km from Aran Islands
3.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (27 reviews)

Located in the heart of Lahinch, this hotel is steps from Lahinch Seaworld and The Celtic T Shirt Shop. Lahinch Surf School …

€81
Lehinch Lodge - Guest House
Lehinch Lodge - Guest House
17.5 km from Aran Islands
3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (47 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Lahinch Golf Club and Lahinch Seaworld. The Celtic T …

€81
The Townhouse
The Townhouse
21.2 km from Aran Islands
2.5 out of 5.0
3 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Spanish Point Beach and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Spanish Point Gol …

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Hylands Burren
Hylands Burren
23 km from Aran Islands
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Ballyvaughan, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Newtown Castle and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Aillwee Cave. Corcomco …

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Loughrask Lodge B&B
Loughrask Lodge B&B
24.5 km from Aran Islands
3.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (17 reviews)

Situated in Ballyvaughan, this bed & breakfast is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Newtown Castle and within 6 mi (10 km) of Aillwee Cave …

€75

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There may be quite a few people who can claim to have taken a day-trip to the Arran 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 tranquillity 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.</P>

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. You will not, however, not be that far from the madding crowd: if it is an escape that you are after you need to take a taxi or hike 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 civilisation, and more in the wilds, that define an Arran Island holiday. What you lose in facilities will be more than compensated for by those dramatic clifftop views as the lights of the mainland recede into the night.

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 night in a pub, 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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