THE ARAN ISLANDS
While on your trip to Clayton Hotel Galway why not visit what has to be the highlight of the Wild Atlantic Way – The Aran Islands (Islands of Saints and Scholars).
Located just off the coast of Galway, it offers a truly Irish experience where the local’s first language is Irish, however they do also speak English.
During your stay at Clayton Hotel Galway, the reception team will be more than happy to provide you with all the necessary information regarding bus and ferry times for the perfect Aran experience. A ferry to the islands departs from Rossaveal which is located only 40 minutes driving distance from Clayton Hotel Galway. Sit back and enjoy all that these magical islands have to offer.
The islands are the home of the iconic Aran Sweater. For a total release from the hustle and bustle of the mainland, why not visit the celtic churches, the spectacular Dun Aonghasa and enjoy the interactions with the friendly locals. The amazing Cliffs of Aran are home to the annual international Redbull Cliff Diving and were the setting for the world renowned film ‘Man of Aran’.
For something really spectacular visit the Plassey wreckage on Inis Oirr the smallest of the three islands. Dating from 1960, this iconic island sight was a freighter that was thrown up on the rocks in bad weather. Miraculously, all on board were saved; Tigh Ned’s pub has a collection of photographs and documents detailing the rescue. An aerial shot of the wreck was used in the opening sequence of the iconic TV series Father Ted. The Aran Islands are best explored by renting a bike particularly on Inis Mór Island.
Following on from your visit to the Aran Islands, return to the luxury of your hotel room while enjoying Irelands most comfiest beds at Clayton Hotel Galway. Relax in our state of the art sauna and go for a gentle swim in our 20 metre white flag awarded swimming pool.