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aran islands

What is the best way to travel to the Aran Islands? I want the shortest route. Hope to stay in Doolin.

Ennis, Ireland
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1. Re: aran islands

The best and shortest way to the Aran Islands is from the pier in Doolin.

There are two companies operating from Doolin and both are pretty much the same.



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2. Re: aran islands

I have read that some of the boats from Doolin to Inishmore stop on the way at Inisheer so that the actual travel time is not that short. You might want to check this out with the above mentioned ferry lines as their schedules do not appear to be on their website.

We took the ferry from Rossaveel to Inishmore in May and the trip was less than an hour.


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3. Re: aran islands

There's no real *short* trip to the Aran Islands, but I would suggest Doolin over all others to head out from. It is probably the shortest overall trip considering you have to GET to a place along the coast with ferries. I left from Galway and had a 30+-minute bus ride to the coast before the ferry trip.

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4. Re: aran islands

Should you purchase you tickets online or wait until the day you would like to go? Do they fill up? How early should you be there before the ferry leaves. Thanks

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5. Re: aran islands

I recently (end of June) bought tickets in advance and when we turned up for the boat the weather had turned bad and we probably wouldn't have gone if we didn't already have tickets in hand and no chance of a refund at that point.

I think you'd be OK just showing up an hour or so in advance. I can't recall ever seeing them turn people away although I suppose it 's possible.

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