Camping – Wild Atlantic Way
Camping accommodation on the Aran Islands
Aran Islands Camping and Glamping is an ideal destination for a short break, and is located right in the centre of the Wild Atlantic Way. If you are looking for an affordable way to stay on the Aran Islands, camping on Inis Mor could be for you!
Aran Camping and Glamping
The Aran Islands are located on the west coast of Ireland, just a few nautical miles away from Galway. A popular destination for day-trippers during the summer, they also attract people who want to stay a little longer in order to better appreciate their stunning beauty. Inis Mor is the biggest of the three islands, and also the best island on which to stay. There is a range of accommodation on offer there, with the new Camping and Glamping site offering a good budget choice for outdoors lovers.
Camping on Inis Mor
Aran Camping and Glamping is just a short walk away from Kilronan, the island’s main town and ferry port. With a wonderful position overlooking Frenchman’s Beach and across Galway Bay, it is a purpose built campsite suitable for a short break or extended holiday. The campsite on Inis Mor consists of 9 glamping pods, and a number of tent pitches. The tent pitches are all positioned close to the camp facilities which include camp kitchen, BBQ area, shower and w/c block, dishwashing facilities, and water supplies.
Getting to Inis Mor
The new campsite on Inis Mor can be reached by taking one of two ferries from the Irish mainland. The first runs from Rossaveal near Galway and has crossings all year. The second runs from Doolin, and is operational on a seasonal basis between April and October. As no vehicles can be transported on the ferries, it is important to keep in mind that you will need to find a way to pack and carry your camping gear. The walk from the ferry port at Kilronan to the campsite takes less than 10 minutes.
What to bring when camping on Inis Mor
Unless you wish to stay in one of the glamping units (which are fully self-contained), you will of course need to bring the essentials over with you when camping on Inis Mor, such as tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat etc. You will also need to bring over any cooking equipment if needed. Suitable clothing for the season is highly recommended, and don’t forget a towel!
There are plenty of places on the island where you can buy a nice warm meal and enjoy a cold beer, as well as where you can buy essentials to prepare your own meals if you so wish. The Spar supermarket is where most people, including the locals, stock up on supplies, and fresh fish is also available in the town. There are pubs and restaurants serving good food all over the island, and you might like to check out our short guide on where to eat on Inis Mor on this site.
What to do on Inis Mor
Inis Mor is a very compact island, but there is still a lot to see and do! Many of the people who stay on the campsite are outdoor lovers, and base their activities around that. Fishing is proving to be a popular activity for many people camping on Inis Mor, as is hiking and cycling. Bikes can be hired by the day, and are a great way to get around the island to see the sights.
When to camp on Inis Mor
Aran Camping and Glamping is open all the year around. During the winter months, most people opt for the glamping units, but some hardy souls do choose to camp at this time as well! Whilst the site is new, it can still get busy at times, particularly when a major festival such as the infamous Ted Fest takes place. If you plan on visiting Inis Mor during any of the major festivals, we strongly suggest booking a tent pitch well in advance.