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The Aran Sweater (Irish Gaelic: Geansaí Árann) is a style of sweater that takes its name from the Aran Islands off the west coast of Irelands. One of the most recognisable features of a tradition Aran is its intricate cable designs knitted into the sweater.

The Aran Islands

Wild, rugged and beautiful, the Aran Islands have captured the imagination of travellers, writers, prehistoric settlers, early christian monks pirates, farmers and fisherman alike! It is easy to see why ~ there is no feeling like standing on an island in the West of Ireland and gazing out into the Atlantic Ocean, sensing the salt on your cheeks and the wind on your face. A visit to the Aran Islands is a unique visitor experience.

Inismore (the big island) is home to the Dun Aengus hilltop fort, ranked as one of the most prehistoric sites in Europe. Must sees also include the Black Fort, the seven churches, Teampall Bennan, worm puffin holes and the seal colony. Traditional music sessions aboundand the Gaelic language is alive and well.

Inis Meain (the middle island) is the most tranquil of the Aran Islands and is truly a sanctuary from the modern world. Its limestone landscape is beloved by hikers and cyclists. The island’s church has a beautiful stained glass window created by Harry Clarke studios. ‘Give up Paris’ once yelled J.M. Synge. ‘Go to the Aran Islands…’

Inisheer (the small or eastern island) is arguably the most beautiful of the three islands and in early May to early June is alive with Mediterranean, Arctic and Alpine flowers. It is home to the only Arts Centre in the Gaeltacht – Aran Eanna. Added to this are the golden beaches, walking trails and splendid views of Connemara and the mainland.

Lodges

Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites

Offering a world unique hospitality experience, Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites was created by Marie-Thérèse and Ruairí de Blacam with the aim of enabling guests to best experience their unique island location. Every detail is inspired by the island and the unique way of living that is necessary in such a remote location of natural beauty. Inis Meáin Suites is also home to what has been declared "Ireland's ultimate destination restaurant" by The Irish Times and is an experience any serious foodie should not miss out on!

Activities

Family Adventures

We offer itineraries especially designed with children in mind. Our selection of child friendly hotels and lodges offer family suites and activities. Our programmes for children include hill walking; fishing; surfing; kayaking; biking; cookery classes; organic farm visits and island safaris. Join us for a never to forget family travel experience!

Guided Tours

CycleWest Ireland's guided bike tours in Ireland, bring you to some of the most unspoilt landscapes and immerse you into the culture, the history and culianry delights of the regions to which we visit, your experience enhanced with expert, local guides. We believe that our trips should be an opportunity to meet people and make new friends. With us, you can enjoy the benefits of group travel without the hectic pace of a larger group tours.

Private Escapes

Our Private Escapes enable us to create a journey that is exclusively yours. Celebrating an anniversary or special occasion? Planning a honeymoon? If you wish to celebrate in style and have a little exclusivity, the CycleWest Ireland team have created a portfolio of destinations that will ignite your senses.  Our escapes are designed to immerse our clients into a world of culture, wildlife and hidden gems. We aim to deliver a memorable experience tailored to your needs.

Self Guided Bike Tours In Ireland

CycleWest Ireland’s buy modafinil online from uk self guided, luggage free bike tours take you to some of Europe’s best and most unexplored countryside. Carefully designed to suit your travel needs and dates, we take care of all of your details so you are free to immerse yourself in the culture and scenery in which you are travelling. Pedal at your own pace, luggage free and discover the beautiful sights, sample the local fare, take time to walk on a sandy beach and stop to digest the breathtaking landscapes.