The Aran Islands, County Galway
Perhaps the most famous of Ireland’s isles, Galway’s Aran Islands are synonymous with traditional Irish culture, language, music and tradition. These three rugged outposts – Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr – are the last glimpse of Ireland before miles of open Atlantic Ocean.
Ribboned by postcard-perfect dry stone walls, it is here that the instantly recognisable Aran jumpers originated; where the locals speak Irish and keep an endangered way of life vibrant. Make your way to Inis Mór, the biggest island, and its prehistoric cliff fort, Dún Aonghasa – the view, the height and the fresh sea air are a panacea.