Inis Mor attracts a certain sort of person. The type who enjoys nature in all its forms, rugged countryside, sweeping views, and tranquility. Here’s 5 hidden gems waiting to be discovered during your time there.
Welcome to Inis Mor
The largest of the Aran Islands, Inis Mor is often considered to be a hidden gem in itself! Many people are unaware of this stunning island sitting right in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way, just outside Galway Bay. The majority of those that venture there, do so on a day trip to see the ‘main highlights’, and are then on their way once more. Truth be told though, it’s those hidden gems that make Inis Mór so special.
The island is relatively small and compact, and the best way to get around is by bicycle or on foot. In fact, there is a hiking trail around the island covering some 30 miles which will allow you to see many of the hidden gems of Inis Mor listed below. Cycling is perhaps the best way though, especially if staying on the island for several days. You can rent bikes for 10 euros a day, and reach virtually any point on the island within a few hours.
If you are planning to stay for a longer length of time, be sure to ask a local about these less visited sites. In particular, you might want to ask directions for the Puffing Holes. Don’t forget to ask if there is anything else to see or if any events are happening on the island whilst you are there. You never know what you might discover!
The Puffing Holes
There are currently three mapped Puffing Holes on Inis Mor, with the two, large circular ones being the most well known. They get their name from where water crashes into caves beneath the cliffs, and then ‘puffs up’ through the hole. The site can be very spectacular if the waves are particularly powerful when you visit!
Getting there: Some degree of navigation, or very VERY good instructions will be needed to guide you in the right direction, although the hike there is not hard in itself. The holes can be found at the east end of the island, beyond the village of Cill Einne. NOTE – Please use extreme caution when visiting! The holes are not marked, and can appear out of nowhere. Also, make sure to stand clear when the holes are puffing!
St Benan’s Church
St. Benan’s Church is positioned on a hill near Cill Einne on the eastern side of the island. It is said to be the smallest church in Ireland, and legend has it was used by a hermit who may have been associated with a nearby monastery. Unlike many religious buildings it does not have an east-west orientation, but a north-south one, perhaps because of the prevailing windy weather conditions. One can only imagine what life must have been like here, living all alone!
Bun Gabhla is the small village/area at the western end of the island. There’s a sense of remoteness there, and seals bob in the waters by the old pier. If the waves allow, you might get the chance to see people launching the traditional boats or curraghs into the waters. If you are planning on cycling around the island, this is a great area to add into your plans, and certainly worth the pedal!
The ancient fort of Dun Aonghasa is a major attraction of the island, and hardly a hidden gem. There are more forts waiting to be discovered on Inis Mor though! The next biggest is the Black Fort. Although at one point it was thought to be actually larger than Dun Aonghasa, it is nowadays smaller in scale. The Black fort is a much quieter place to visit than its more famous counterpart, and perhaps a little more intriguing. Cliffs surround it on three sides, and there is some question as to whether it was defensive in nature or ceremonial. There’s a strong possibility that when you visit, you will be the only ones there!
There are two more little-known stone forts on Inis Mor as well. These are Dún Eochla and Dún Eoghanachta. The first is at the highest point on the island, and consists of two walls which are almost perfectly round. Getting there involves a hike through some fields. The last fort is Dún Eoghanachta, which is found just off the main road near Sruthán.
The biggest hidden gem on the island of Inis Mor has to be the people though. Proudly keeping the Irish language alive, as well as their heritage, they are friendly and welcoming. There are also a large number of artists for an island with such a small population. Painters, sculptors and even mosaic designer number amongst the inhabitants, and their homemade goods, designs, and artworks can be found on sale in the main town.
Take some time to meet the people, and learn about their lives on the island. How growing up there has given them a different perspective on life. Have a drink or two with them in a local pub, and listen to some live music playing in the background. You’ll soon find that it’s the people you will remember as much or if not more than the places you have seen!
And a bonus hidden gem…
Is a festival a hidden gem? It is if you are a fan of the TV series Father Ted! This yearly event takes place on Craggy Island (Inis Mor) every year, and is great for shenanigans and fun! It does sell out quickly though, so if you want to attend during the month of February with other Ted fanatics, you need to book early. ‘That’s mad Ted’!
Sitting next to your partner with a glass of something sparkling, looking up at the night sky in Ireland, and listening to the sound of the waves. The perfect moment on a romantic glamping break in Ireland!
Are you looking for a romantic weekend away, a Valentine’s break in Ireland with a difference, or even a unique honeymoon? A romantic glamping break at Aran Camping and Glamping could be just what you need. You’ll feel like you have left the world behind when you stay at this glamping site on an Irish island renowned for its stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage of Ireland.
Romantic Glamping Breaks in Ireland
There’s something timeless about the romanticism of getting away from it all, and leaving the stresses of life behind. The feeling that it is just the two of you. Places where you can do that are getting fewer and far between nowadays, which is perhaps why the Aran islands is becoming more popular with couples seeking a romantic glamping break in Ireland.
Surrounded by wild natural beauty, but with all the comforts of home, it has the makings of a perfect setting. Add in friendly locals, and plenty to see and do, and it really is the ideal destination. If you are looking for an escape from the fast pass of city life, the Aran Islands could be just for you.
Where in Ireland are the Aran Islands?
The Aran Islands are 3 islands located just off Galway Bay on the west coast of Ireland. Accessible by a one hour ferry journey from either Doolin or a port near Galway itself, they are a popular destination for day trippers, but increasing numbers of people are so attracted by their charms, that they want to stay for longer.
Inis Mor is the larger of the three islands, and Aran Camping and Glamping was created there to cater for the needs of people who desire a unique glamping experience in a beautiful location. It’s the perfect place from which to explore the island, and to rekindle the romance in your relationship!
Here’s 5 reasons why you’ll love a romantic glamping break at Aran Camping and Glamping.
1. Trying Something New
The concept of glamping has been around a while now, but if this is your first time, you are in for a real treat! Glamping offers all the benefits of regular camping, such as a sense of getting closer to nature and leaving problems behind, but none of the hassle. You don’t need to worry about setting a tent up in the wind, being cold at night, or rain making everything wet. In a glamping pod, you are snugly shielded from all the elements in a nice, cosy glamping unit purposefully designed to make your stay a pleasant and relaxing one. The glamping units on Inis Mor have a design based on the famous stone beehive shaped huts the island is well known for. Each one is self contained, and there is also access to a communal kitchen and BBQ area. They are also ideally sized for couples, and have a cute, homely feel!
2. Quality time together
Nowadays, our lives seem to revolve around the gadgets we surround ourselves with. It seems that it’s getting harder and harder to have something as simple as a good conversation. Getting away to the Aran Islands on a romantic glamping break, you can leave all the tech behind, and enjoy each other’s company the way it should be. Share some laughs, some special moments, and rekindle your romance with just the two of you. There are few places on earth which can offer such a distraction free environment. We don’t want to give you the impression that you are totally isolated though! You will find the locals friendly, and are sure to make friends with other people staying at the site.
One of the best things about glamping, is that it takes all the hassle away from camping. There is no need to worry about whether or not you packed the tent pegs, spending hours setting camp up just to find you misjudged where the sun will rise, or getting wet through leaky canvas when it rains. You simply turn up, but your things in the glamping pod, and relax. It really is that easy!. You are also going to get a far better night’s sleep staying in a glamping unit than when camping as well. There’s no rocks or hard ground to think of, and you won’t be woken up with every slightest noise. Instead, you can get a perfect night’s sleep, and have a lay-in in the morning for as long as you want to. It’s your vacation, so relax!
4. Eat Alfresco and look up at the stars at night
There’s something special about firing up the BBQ and eating outdoors. A sense that the priorities of life are really just reduced to the simple things that matter – The person you are with and the peace of nature. Breath in that fresh air, cook a feast, and then eat outside as you see the moon and stars appear overhead at night. Add in a glass of wine or two for the ultimate in romantic glamping!
5. Location is everything
Our final reason why you will love a romantic glamping break at Aran Camping and Glamping, is due to the location. Beautiful Inis Mor has inspired poets and writers for years, and is sure to inspire you as well! Walking along the stunning cliffs, exploring ancient forts, and taking a bike ride around the island are just some of the ways to see this remarkable place. We’re sure you will love Inis Mor as much as we do!
If you are interested in finding out more about romantic glamping breaks on the Aran Islands, get in touch with us today. We’ll be happy to explain more about the area so you can plan the perfect romantic getaway!
Perfectly combining life in the great outdoors with cosy comfort, glamping for couples in Ireland has never been more popular. Here’s why.
Are you looking for a getaway break with a difference? A way to escape from it all, but at the same time be surrounded by creature comforts? Glamping could be just what you are looking for. Each year, hundreds of couples head to Ireland to experience life glamping on beautiful Inis Mór. It’s the perfect setting for a romantic getaway!
What is Glamping?
If you are not familiar with the term glamping, then you should consider it camping but without the hardships. Roughing it without any of the rough! It’s a fun way of compromising between enjoying a beautiful and remote location in an adventurous setting, without sacrificing any of the comforts. Glamping is the shortened version of ‘glamorous camping’, which means you get real beds, warm and cosy accommodation, and a feeling that the stresses of the world are a million miles away.
Glamping For Couples on Inis Mór Island, The Aran Islands
One of the best things about glamping as a couple, is that it is very easy to fall into the relaxed pace of life of Inis Mór. Time seems to go more slowly, leaving you to enjoy each other’s company, chat with the friendly islanders, and explore the beautiful surroundings. There’s nothing more romantic than walking arm in arm with your partner, especially somewhere as beautiful as Inis Mór!
Getting outside and appreciating nature is what it’s all about when you go glamping as a couple in Ireland. Make use of the bike trails, and breathe in that fresh, clean air. It’s the perfect place to recharge the batteries and getaway from the stresses of city life.
Unique Glamping Accommodation in Ireland
You’ll also love the accommodation on the glamping site, which is in the form of purpose built Glamping units called Clochán na Carraige. Taking their design inspiration from the ancient beehive shaped stone huts which were once common on the island, they have everything you need to ensure your stay is a comfortable one. There’s even an outdoor BBQ area to use during your stay if you wish! Here, you are sure to meet other couples enjoying their own glamping experience on the Aran Islands.
Still not sure if glamping is for you? Here’s some reasons why glamping for couples in Ireland is so appealing.
1. All the conveniences of home
One of the best things about glamping, is that you can have all the conveniences of home whilst being surrounded by nature. It’s about getting back to basics, but keeping all the comfort. The glamping units also come with a seaview and a deck area. These make a wonderfully romantic location from which to watch out over the sea or look up at the stars together at the end of the day with a glass of wine in hand.
2. The best place for a digital detox
Have you ever felt that you just wanted to switch all the phones and gadgets off and really, TRULY get away from it all? That feeling that you want to spend time together without any of the distractions? Glamping at Inis Mór is the perfect location to do just that. Email can wait, and status updates ignored. Inis Mór is the place where those things are put into perspective. This will leave you more time to enjoy the simple things in life, such as the pleasure of each other’s company.
3. Incredibly scenic locations
If you appreciate the rugged, sometimes harsh, sometimes stunning beauty of nature, Inis Mór is the destination you should head for when glamping as a couple in Ireland. Each rock and cliff seems to have its own story, and each day reveals some new and spectacular sight. From stunning cliffs to ancient ruins, there’s something fascinating to discover every day. Here’s just some of the things you can see when glamping together at Inis Mór.
4. Things to see and do on Inis Mór
Forts & Ruins – Dún Aonghasa (Dun Aengus)
The Fort of Aengus is perhaps the island’s most famous attraction with visitors. It is designed in a semi-circular fashion, and sits right on a cliff’s edge above the Ocean. The fort is the biggest of the prehistoric ruins on the island, and to reach it involves walking about one kilometre from the visitors centre. Although it is not known exactly when the fort was built, most of the structure is said to date from the bronze and iron ages, with the first construction going back as far as 1100 BC. As you might expect from its commanding position, their are some spectacular views to be had from the fort!
Dún Duchathair (The Black Fort)
The Black Fort now appears to be smaller than Dún Aonghasa, but in its heyday, was thought to be much bigger. It is a much quieter place to visit as it receives far fewer visitors than its more famous counterpart. Within the walls are the remains of Clocháns, the type of stone hut on which the glamping accommodation design was based.
Na Seacht dTeampaill (The Seven Churches)
Although the name indicates seven churches, the remains here are actually of just two churches but with several other domestic buildings. It was a monastic settlement, and a well known place of pilgrimage.
Clochan na Carraige
We have to mention this, as it is the influence for the glamping units on Inis Mor! It is designed in almost a beehive structure, and is the best preserved example of similar huts that were common all across the island at one time.
Glamping for couples in Inis Mor
If you would like to find out more about glamping for couples in Ireland, Inis Mor Camping and Glamping are always here to help. Contact us today!
Adventure is not as expensive or time-consuming as you might think. In fact, adventure is more a state of mind than anything else and something which is easily accessed at any moment in time. Take Alastair Humphrey’s for example, a renowned British Adventurer and the pioneer of Micro adventures.
Through first-hand experience, this popular figure in the UK has spent the past four years encouraging adults and children alike, to get outside more often and to start exploring their local environment as opposed to spending any more time lusting after far flung places on the other side of the world. Alastair is a very articulate fellow, well-educated and experienced in the great outdoors but in contrast, his message to the general public is that these adventures are available at any time and for any cost.
True to the name, a micro adventure is short, simple, local and cheap, while still retaining all the same rewarding traits of a long or more expensive journey. In fact, the entire concept of a micro journey revolves around the fact that adventures do not always require a lengthy duration of time and they do not need to cost money. Affordable and requiring the absolute minimum amount of preparation, a micro adventure is the best way to simplify a break from normality and venture into a new experience.
When to take your next adventure
So when is the best time to take an adventure? Although the weekend is usually the easiest time of the week to organize a trip some place, this does not necessarily apply when it comes to micro adventures. After all, the concept openly encourages people to get outside more often, regardless of time. Local and easily accessible, the west of Ireland is an idyllic destination to take a mid-week trip and furthermore, glamping is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the local environment. Although most people will confine their travel escapades to the weekend, it must also be considered that accommodation is sometimes cheaper midweek, not to mention how it also guarantees you will miss the crowds, and noise in general.
Just starting an adventure
As you can see above, Alastair Humphrey’s has set about eliminating the excuses and making adventure seem so accessible that it challenges people as to the reasons they cannot take one. However, as with any new experience or journey, starting is often the hardest part and the most daunting step to take. In this sense, it is usually best to set a date and stick to it
Yes, you can procrastinate about the uncertain nature of going somewhere new or ponder your lack of experience when it comes to the outdoors or adventure in general, but really, there are simply no excuses when it comes to a micro adventure. Simply put, micro adventures can be spontaneous trips and a sure way of injecting a little more excitement into life in the city.
So why don’t wait for summer, forget about the weekend, and start planning a midweek adventure into the beautiful west of Ireland – Cheap, local and easily organized; there’s really no good reason not to take one.
Aran Camping Glamping is currently offering both a Spring and Autumn mid – week offer. Book during the week for two nights and get the third night free. Check it out here.