Ireland Travel tips: Glamping for couples

Ireland Travel tips: Glamping for couples

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Things to see and do on Inis Mór

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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!

The Black 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.

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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!

Take a mid-week Micro Adventure

Take a mid-week Micro Adventure

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.

Micro Adventures
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.

10 Reasons to go Glamping in Co. Galway

10 Reasons to go Glamping in Co. Galway

Few experiences offer the same rewards as camping or glamping in Ireland. Far from bustling city and deep in the midst of the iconic Wild Atlantic Way, glamping in Galway is the perfect way to take time out of the busy world in which we live and embrace the natural surroundings in the West of Ireland. That said here are ten more reasons to go glamping in Galway:

10 Reasons to go Glamping in Galway

1.    Glamping is a relatively new experience
Are we stating the obvious when we say that glamping is different to staying at a hotel? Maybe, but at the same time the rewards of choosing to go glamping in Galway as opposed to staying in a hotel cannot be understated. You will find reasons on this list as for why glamping can be such an appealing option but simply put, glamping is a relatively new prospect for many people, and this should be one of the first reasons to go glamping in Galway. After all, travel is all about new experiences.

2.    Escape distractions and feel centred
It should go without saying that camping and outdoor adventures are easy ways to leave busy or city living behind and immerse yourself in nature. Staying in a hotel has advantages of course, mostly in terms of comfort, but glamping in Galway will leave you feeling centred and far from distractions.

3.    The perfect location for a break in the west of Ireland
Galway city is a very musical and cultural destination but in terms of location, Galway County is perfectly located to visit many nearby destinations. Take the Burren for example, the cliffs of moher or Connemara; these are some of Ireland’s most incredible places to visit and they are all within easy reach while glamping in Galway.

4.    Glamping in Galway is affordable
Not only is glamping a comfortable option, but affordable too. Forget the five star hotels in which you spend a minimal amount of time and feel confident in the value of a glamping trip. Prices are often a fraction of nearby hotels although that being said, price is just one of many reasons to go glamping in Galway.

5.    Galway is on the ocean
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6.    Ease of access
Galway’s is easy to reach from all corners of the emerald isle. Just a two hour drive from Dublin and almost every other part of the country, Galway is blessed with an excellent road infrastructure and transport system which ensures a short travel time and straight forward navigation.

7.    Glamping is surprisingly comfortable
We mentioned how hotels are sometimes chosen for the sake of comfort but if the truth be told, glamping can be just as comfortable. Yes, not everyone wants to sleep in a tent or live without showers; glamping facilities can provide luxurious beds, appliances and modern facilities which would not look out of place in a quality hotel in Galway.

8. Recharge and refresh
We don’t need statistics to support the benefits of getting outside as much as possible. Exercise and the great outdoors is only a good thing concerning health. In this sense, glamping is a great opportunity to refresh, recharge, and regenerate amidst natural surroundings before returning to the busy and modern life we live in.

9.    Experience the minimalist lifestyle
Statistics and studies show that reduced possessions and materials can drastically reduce stress and increase happiness. Leave the electronic gadgets and luxury items at home, as you experience a minimalist lifestyle with few distractions and an entirely stress free environment.

10. It’s the same as camping, but different
Many people love the idea of getting outdoors more often and explore the surrounding nature trails, but it is often the prospect of putting up a tent or sleeping without basic facilities that put them off. If you go glamping in Galway, you can have the best of both worlds, including a shower and cup of tea in the morning, before getting outside for a few hours trekking in the afternoon.

Why Taking Children Camping in Ireland is So Important

Why Taking Children Camping in Ireland is So Important

To me, adventure has always been to me the connections and bounds you create with people when you’re there. And you can have that anywhere.” – Bear Grylls

In an era when the popularity of technology, gaming, and social media continues to rise, there has never been a greater need for people, especially young children, to explore the outdoors and embrace the prospect of camping in Ireland. At the same time, this is not to say that camping and technology cannot be enjoyed together. After all, the great outdoors is often the best location to capture the scenery and everything else that seems to attract likes, shares, and comments on popular platforms such as Instagram and Facebook.

Yes, recent changes to what was once a conventional lifestyle have done little to encourage young people to get outside and appreciate the opportunity to go hiking or camping in Ireland with children but as with any young mind, there is always time to influence and educate as for the reasons they should want to be more active and get outdoors.

Camping in Ireland with children is convenient and cost effective

The doorstep mile is a familiar theory which emphasizes the importance of starting. Simply put, it’s just too easy to find reasons or excuses for not taking an adventure and lack of time or money are often such reasons. In this sense, it is often best to approach a camping with children in Ireland by staying focused on making a start as opposed to complicating the opportunity with any additional thoughts.

Moral of the story: camping is not only fun, but also an affordable way to take a holiday close to home.

Children can learn from the great outdoors

We don’t need statistics to emphasize how children, and adults, yearn for an adventure of some kind. Whether they venture into the next neighborhood or build a makeshift tent using the dining room chairs, these new experiences are always exciting regardless of age. In this sense, camping in Ireland is the perfect way to introduce children top the rewards of spending more time outdoors and immersed in nature. From setting up the tent and starting the fire, to frying sausages and marshmallows before snuggling into the tent when it gets cold, camping in Ireland is a both a fun and interactive way to take kids out of the home and distract them from technology and social media.

You should also find this is a learning experience and as mentioned already, there is no harm if this involves technology, for taking photographs for Instagram or video for YouTube is just another way to encourage children to embrace and recognize their surroundings. In fact, social media, photography, and video are often a good way to inspire children and get them excited to go camping in Ireland.

Glamping Ireland: An easy introduction to camping

Equipped with many of the modern facilities you will find at home, “Glamping” is an incredibly comfortable option which allows the traveler easy access to the outdoors while still feeling at one with nature. Take for example the custom built units at Aran Islands Camping and Glamping. These comfortable beehive shaped units resemble the stone huts used by monks in ancient Ireland but they are also home to many modern appliances and facilities including a fridge, kettle, sofa, plates, cutlery and beds.

Blending seamlessly with the surrounding nature, the self-catering units at Aran Islands Glamping offer an easy option in which you can take the children camping in Ireland without having to worry about starting a fire, staying warm or putting up a tent. That being said, Glamping still offers many of the same benefits and advantages as camping itself, with immediate access to nature and the guarantee of a simplified lifestyle far from the busy city.

Affordable and comfortable, glamping is increasingly popular in the west of Ireland and an ideal way to introduce children to some of the reasons camping can be so important and fun.

Camping is a state of mind

As with any adventure, starting is usually the most difficult step, but when you consider how affordable and convenient it is to go camping in Ireland, there is no excuse to stay at home. Hiking in the hills and watching the Atlantic Ocean crashing against the shoreline, not only is camping in Ireland with children the perfect way to entice kids away from the distractions of the modern world but also to get them outdoors and inspire them to think about taking more adventures in future. After all, adventure is little more than a state of mind.

May Wishes Come True

May Wishes Come True

May Wishes Come True

No, not Theresa’s – she will be hoping for a landslide in early June.  We’re thinking more of the month of May, starting with the Bank Holiday weekend.  If you didn’t manage a getaway during the Easter holidays, why not head for the great outdoors now?  Specifically, come glamping on Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

 “Don’t you know what that is? It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want–oh, you don’t quite know what it is you DO want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! It seems to you that mainly what you want is to get away; get away from the same old tedious things you’re so used to seeing and so tired of, and set something new. That is the idea; you want to go and be a wanderer; you want to go wandering far away to strange countries where everything is mysterious and wonderful and romantic.” wrote Mark Twain in “Tom Sawyer, Detective”.  Not all of us can be as adventurous as Tom Sawyer but we can identify with his longing for new experiences.  Getting away is good for the soul.

 Getting away and keeping some creature comforts is an even more attractive prospect; experience the great outdoors without grappling with pegs and a groundsheet at our eco-friendly, purpose-built Glampsite just five minutes away from Kilronan pier.  Our units accommodate 4 persons and are a great deal cosier than the monastic beehive huts after which they were named “Clocháin”.  The huts are self-contained and situated across the road from a sandy shore in a newly-appointed green site suitable for self-catering holidaymakers.

 Self-catering gives you many options:  free from a mealtime schedule, you can eat what and when you please.  Go a little mad this May.  Have a bacon butty on the beach at break of day, binge on a breakfast roll, bring a baguette and some cheese on the carrier of your bike and explore the island in your own time.  Spring fever or Maytime magic, you can enjoy Inis Mór at your own pace and return to the tranquility of the Glampsite for restful nights.  At Aran Camping and Glamping, we want you to have a memorable experience.

 We’ll do our best to make your stay special.  We may not be able to make your wishes come true but they just might, anyway. 

  • 10 Reasons Why Camping & Glamping Is The Next Big Thing Along The Wild Atlantic Way

    10 Reasons Why Camping & Glamping Is The Next Big Thing Along The Wild Atlantic Way

    The Wild Atlantic Way – 2500 kms of rugged beauty, hidden gems, ancient heritage, and amazing wildlife. The Irish West Coast is like nowhere else on earth, and you can explore it one day, weekend, or week at a time. Whether you want to complete the entire Wild Atlantic Way in an epic road trip, or get to know one area more intimately, staying at camping and glamping sites along the way adds a new dimension to the experience.

    In some cases camping and glamping sites have become destinations in themselves due to the unique design of the glamping accommodation. They are also becoming extremely popular with families who want their kids to experience the Great Outdoors in a pleasant and enjoyable way. If you’ve never stayed at a Wild Atlantic Way glamping site before, why not try it this summer?

    The sun setting over the Atlantic, not to be missed! Pic by @alibanese #cliffsofmoher #sunset #WildAtlanticWay #Ireland #Cliffs

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    Here’s 10 reasons why camping and glamping is the next big thing along the Wild Atlantic Way.

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    1. Great for groups and families
    For people who have large families or want to travel together in a group, camping and glamping is an ideal way to enjoy the Wild Atlantic Way. There is a sense of shared purpose and closeness, and also the chance of a BBQ or two! Finding B&B or hotel accommodation can sometimes be a real pain with groups of more than 4. With camping and glamping though, it is much easier. Take a look at Aran Camping and Glamping Aran Islands for more details.

    2. Inexpensive
    For families, camping and glamping is an inexpensive form of accommodation when traveling along the Wild Atlantic Way. Not only is the actual accommodation itself inexpensive, but the ability to cook your own meals rather than have to eat at restaurants all the time is a great money saver. Some sites have cooking facilities in the onsite glamping accommodation itself, whilst others have a shared kitchen that all campers can use. Having breakfast at the site and preparing lunch to go can greatly reduce the costs of a holiday.

    3. Lots of high quality glamping sites
    The promotion and marketing of the Wild Atlantic Way has encouraged the development of camping and glamping sites up and down the coast. New places have opened, and longer established places are upping their game. Everyone sees camping and glamping as the next big thing along the WAW, and so whether you are looking for glamping Kerry or glamping Donegal sites, there is something to fit the bill.

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    4. Lots of open space
    Enjoying the Wild Atlantic Way is all about getting outside, breathing in the fresh air, and getting back to nature. Your accommodation should be no different! Combine it all by staying at a camping and glamping site, and choose from staying in your own tent or specially designed glamping units that take the hassle out of camping!

    5. Enjoy the outdoors
    Whilst we are talking about lots of open space, we really want to emphasis the great outdoors and how incredible it is to wake up to it each and every morning surrounded by nature. By camping and glamping you are right there in it! Whether you want to get up early for a sunrise, witness a sunset, or see the stars at night, you will feel closer to the great outdoors that surrounds you.

    6. Wildlife
    Nature lovers love visiting the West Coast to see the abundance of wildlife such as seals, birds, and whales. It is all around, but when camping and glamping, Connemara is a place families should definitely take the kids. The area is beautiful with many coves and bays, and the Connemara National Park is home to a herd of Connemara ponies which they may be fortunate enough to see. There are also plenty of opportunities to ride Connemara ponies along the west coast.

    7. Outdoor Activities
    If you and your family enjoy outdoor activities, staying at a camping and glamping site along the Wild Atlantic Way is far better than staying in a B and B or hotel. You can easily bring all the outdoor gear and sports kit you want with you, such as bicycles, kayaks, rackets and balls. There is always plenty of space outside for the kids to play if they get bored, and lots of room to leave all the gear. Camping and Glamping is a good idea for active people who want to make the most of their time.

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    8. Spend more time Exploring Inis Mor
    You can spend longer on the islands by staying at Inis Mor Aran Islands camping and glamping. Galway and Connemara access is via the ferry from Rossaveal, and there is also a Doolin ferry. When at the site, you can spend more time on Inis Mor so you can enjoy the highlights such as Dun Aengus. the Worm Hole, and the Seal Colony. Don’t forget a meal or two at the local pubs as well!

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    9. Get away from it all
    Have you ever had that feeling that you just want to get away from it all? Sure, a holiday or weekend break helps, but not if you are stuck in a hotel in a busy town or city. A camping and glamping holiday is ideal for people who want to get away from the pressures of everyday life, and experience something a bit simpler for a while. Of course, there is no need to sacrifice on creature comforts when you go glamping! It provides the best of both worlds – Access to all mod-cons, but none of the noise and stress of built up areas.

    10. Plenty of choice
    Finally, there is plenty of choice. Whether you want to go glamping Killarney, glamping Doolin, or camping and glamping on the Aran islands, you can always find somewhere to stay all along the Wild Atlantic Way. Our recommendation? The Aran Islands of course! Beautiful, traditional, and welcoming. We hope to see you here very soon!

    Easter Escapes for all the Family

    Easter Escapes for all the Family

    Easter Escapes for all the Family

    Frenchman’s Beach
    Yesterday, the sunshine highlighted the speckled pebbles on Frenchman’s Beach. The sea shimmered and twinkled as boats glided by the lighthouse.  Children played barefoot on the shore near the pier, some scrambling around rock pools looking for tiddlers (locally called “pinkies” or, in Irish, “cruacháin“), others tossing sticks in the tide for the dog to retrieve.  Schools have closed for two weeks’ holidays and the young ones are keen to enjoy the open air.

    Easter Time

    Easter is a time of renewal, regardless of religious persuasion; the cherry blossom trees bring their pink glow and daffodils and tulips delight the eye after the greyness of the winter months.  Here in the Aran Islands, we see new calves in fields along the road each day and kid goats gambol on the crags. The wild flowers seem to peep from the crevices in the warm limestone rock.  The eternal optimist in all of us assumes we shall have a bright summer before long. Ah, sure, the odd shower of rain is welcome too.

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    Families & the Outdoors
    Whether for a whole week or a long weekend, Inis Mór has lots to offer families who want simple fun in the great outdoors.  At Aran Camping and Glamping, visitors can have fun-filled days and tranquil nights for very affordable rates and minimal preparation. There’s no need to worry about planning your route, booking tons of tickets, scrambling to get all you need into the luggage without incurring extra charges – holidays here are stress-free, simple and leisurely.  Added extras are available, of course, and we welcome requests but there aren’t any sneaky surprises to stretch your budget.  You can tailor your experience to suit your requirements or, indeed, restrictions. Family holidays are precious but they needn’t be prohibitive in price.

    Swimming in the sea, walking along the shore, counting the seals at their colony – these simple pursuits and many more await our guests at Aran Glampsite.  Leave the groundsheet and the pegs at home, if you wish.  Our units are warm and cosy with home conveniences which is what Glamping is all about, really.  Bring the kids to the Wild Atlantic Way’s Aran Islands this Easter for an unforgettable family break, whatever the weather, and leave getting hot and cross to the buns.
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  • Enjoy a Spring Break in Style and go Glamping in the Aran Islands

    Enjoy a Spring Break in Style and go Glamping in the Aran Islands

    The first sight of spring flowers brings the hope of warmer days ahead, and acts as that first invitation to enjoy the great outdoors. Discover the spectacular scenery of the Aran Islands without sacrificing any of the luxury, and go glamping with the family in the Aran Islands for your spring break.

    Glamping enables you to experience all the fun of camping with none of the hardship. It’s the perfect way to spend your spring break in the Aran Islands. The unique ‘Clochans’ provide a comfortable base from which to enjoy the main attractions.

    Things to do during your Aran Islands Spring Break
    Whether you are staying for a night or a week, there are plenty of things for the whole family to see and do during your spring break in the Aran Islands.


    St Patrick’s Day Parade
    The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is not to be missed if you plan your spring break in the Aran Islands over March 17th. Pin on a Shamrock, and check out the parade as it makes its way across the island of Inis Mor. You can even follow along on a bicycle!

    Discover the charm of the Aran Islands by Bicycle
    Cycling is a very popular way to explore Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands. You can cycle along at your own pace, keep to your own timetable, and venture off down quiet country tracks. All the main attractions of Inis Mor can be reached by bicycle, and so you can even put together your own self-guided sightseeing tour.

    Bicycles are available to hire on the Aran islands at Aran Bike Hire. They have a full range of bikes, including bicycles for the kids, electric bikes, tandems, and trailer bikes. They also deliver bicycles to the Camping and Glamping site, and provide a free map to show you how to get to the main points of interest.


    Explore the prehistoric fort of Dun Aengus
    Dun Aengus is perhaps the most famous attraction on the Aran Islands. This semi-circular stone fort is thought to date back to at least 1000 BC, and not only is it impressive in itself, but also offers some incredible views. Visiting here during your spring break on the Aran Islands means that you will avoid the crowds that build up during the summer. If you have chosen to cycle to the fort, there is bicycle parking outside, and some people decide to stay around for the sunset.

    The Worm Hole
    Another attraction that you can visit is the Worm Hole. You can either walk here by heading east along the cliffs from Dun Aengus, or include it on your cycling route. It’s a curious natural feature, where a rectangular shaped pool has formed at the bottom of the cliffs. It has been made popular in recent years by the Red Bull Cliff Diving Championship, although it is very unlikely you will see anyone crazy enough to dive in there during your spring break in the Aran Islands! The rugged scenery along this stretch of coastline is stunning, and so it is a place well worth visiting.

    Go Seal Spotting
    Even in spring, you can spot the seals that call Inis Mor home. Head on over to the north side of the island to the most established seal colony, and you will find a lookout point on the road past Kilronan. How many seals you may be able to see will depend on the tide, but there are usually 10-20 there unless they are hunting for fish in the sea.


    Kilronan Village
    Kilronan is where the ferry services arrive from the mainland, and is a lively little village. It’s interesting to spend some time at the harbour looking at the fishing boats, as well as the traditional Currach boats. If you are starting to feel the chill during your spring break on the Aran islands, you might want to buy a genuine Aran sweater from the Aran Sweater market in the village. There is no better place to buy one, after all!. There are a couple of pubs and places to eat in the village, with one being Joe Watty’s Bar. This pub holds events and live music all through the year. It is also involved with the Tedfest – a festival based around the ever popular Father Ted comedy, normally held in February! It is a great place to meet the locals, enjoy good food, and sample a cold Guinness or two. The village has all the amenities you may need during your stay, such as an ATM machine. It is also a place to stock up on groceries if you want to self-cater when staying at the camping and glamping site.

    The beaches
    Admittedly, a spring break is perhaps not the ideal time to be hitting the beaches in terms of catching some rays, but it is interesting to visit at this time of the year nonetheless. The coastline always seems at its most alive during this time of year, and taking a walk along the beaches certainly fills the lungs with fresh air! Notable beaches to head for, especially on a bright day, are Cill Mhuirbhigh on Inis Mor, An Trá Mórwhich on Inis Oírr, and the sandy coves over on Inis Meáin..

    And everything else….
    It seems that everywhere you go in the Aran Islands, there is something of unique or historic interest. Whether it is a Celtic hillfort, an old church, or simply the views of stone walls across fields, it is a great place to get away from the crowds of city life, relax and unwind. The ideal spring break destination in ireland!

    Aran Islands Camping and Glamping is a new and innovative campsite, combining all the facilities you need to make yourselves at home. You can either set up your own tent, or use one of our comfortable and stylish ‘Clochan’ glamping units. If you are planning a spring break in the Aran Islands, contact us today in order to make a reservation.

    5+ Things We Irish Won’t Do On St. Patrick’s Day

    5+ Things We Irish Won’t Do On St. Patrick’s Day

    There are a lot of preconceived notions about the Irish and they all seem to reappear around this time of year.  Here’s a short list nonsensical activities not commonly embraced in Ireland, followed by a few practices we enjoy on St. Patrick’s and other days.

    We don’t

    1. Call it St. Patty’s Day
    Our national holiday is referred to as Saint Patrick’s Day or, colloquially, “Paddy’s Day”.  “Patty” to us Irish is a diminutive of “Patricia” or something like a raw beef burger.
     2. Say “Top of the Morning to You”
    The only Irish person to say this would be an actor and then only for a fat fee.
    3. Eat Corned Beef & Cabbage
    Since bacon and cabbage is a much-loved dinner, eaten once a week at least, and corned beef is now a rare delicacy usually enjoyed mid-winter, our St. Patrick’s Day meal would be more like a Sunday Roast, say beef or lamb, with all the trimmings.
    4. Climb the Reek
    Croagh Patrick is “the holy mountain” near Westport in County Mayo (on the Wild Atlantic Way); on the last Sunday in July, pilgrims ascend to attend Mass, pray or just enjoy the view. This practice is locally called “climbing the Reek”.  In late August, devout pilgrims spend three days fasting and praying on an island known as St. Patrick’s Purgatory in Lough Derg in County Donegal.
    5. Drink Green Beer
    We’re too fond of our beers to adulterate them – Ireland has lots of craft breweries as well as the world famous Guinness.  Apart from a slice of lime in Irish gin, the only verdantly-hued beverage consumed regularly by the Irish is a green smoothie. Potato & Leek soup is a favourite dish but soup is eaten, not drunk.
    Speaking of “drunk”, we don’t get blotto, blind or belligerently drunk either on St. Patrick’s Day.  That myth arose from times past when the Lenten fast and abstinence could be suspended by Catholics on the patron saint’s Holy Day, which always occurs during Lent: a drop of whiskey or a pint of porter had much more potency after a period of abstinence – especially on an empty stomach.

    Some things we do around St. Patrick’s Day are

     1. Connect
    The national holiday is a great day for families.  Children are encouraged to celebrate our culture and the parades nationwide are very popular with young and old.
     2. Celebrate together
    A family meal for all ages, preceded or followed by song and dance (in homes or public venues), is always relished in Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day is perfectly timed, bringing colour and joy in the middle of Spring and heralding the coming of the Easter break.
    3. Get out and about
    Whether it’s into town for the parade or off to the wilds, we like to be out in the open air on St. Patrick’s Day.  When the holiday falls on a Friday or Monday, we can make a long weekend of it and head off to the rolling hills or the seashore.  Green fields, blue-green bays, good companions – let’s go glamping way out West!
    Ted Fest Weekend Photo Album

    Ted Fest Weekend Photo Album

    Ted Fest Weekend Photo Album

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