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Which is better, Aran Islands or Skellig Michael

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Which is better, Aran Islands or Skellig Michael

I hate to have to choose between two obviously wonderful choices, but time constraints dictate one or the other. For those who have seen both, which would you recommend - a day on Skellig Michael or a day on Inishmore?

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Ventry, Ireland
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11. Re: Which is better, Aran Islands or Skellig Michael

As you will be in Dingle try and get across to the Great Blasket if the weather permits. There is a great trip out of Ventry that gives you a few hours on the island, combined with an eco-tour of the island waters. Huge numbers of seabirds (the puffins will be gone by then), red deer on Innishvickillane, minke whales and dolphins

Here is the link


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12. Re: Which is better, Aran Islands or Skellig Michael

Been on both several times, two completely different experiences. You'd be hard pressed to get a place on the boats heading to Skellig Micheal now. Cancellations do occur but you'd ideally need to be in Portmagee the morning of the sailings to avail of this.

Inis Mór (Inishmore) will be busy in August but Dún Aonghasa is well worth a visit even in peak visitor season.


Aer Arann fly to all three islands throughout the year. The airport is located in the south of the island and for 5 euro you will be able to hop on a mini bus or taxi back to Kilronan.

Dún Aonghasa (Dun Aengus) is the most visited historical site on the island. It's an imposing edifice perched at the edge of a cliff. Archaeologists believe it to be originally inhabited around 1500 BC. Hire a bike in Kilronan and cycle back or avail of the many locals offering transport to this and several of the sites and sights on the island. Don't be afraid to negotiate a price, more so if you wish to get off the beaten track. Some notables I would suggest are Cill Mhuirbhigh (Kilmurvey Beach and the craft centre), Poll na Bpeist (Worm Hole), The Black Fort and Na Seacht dTeampaill (the Seven Churches) and Clochan na Carraige, Teampall Bheanain (St. Benan's Chapel) and Teaghlach Einne (The household of Enda).

In terms of history, Inis Mór is literally one outdoor museum, the island has over 25 national monuments dotted across the landscape. An island enthroned with an array of ancient churches, beehive huts, Celtic crosses, standing stones and burial sites of saints. If you are looking for a more customised or specialised tour perhaps contact Dara Molloy via his website. Daramolloy.com and click on the tour guide section. Dara's historical knowledge is simply unrivalled.

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13. Re: Which is better, Aran Islands or Skellig Michael

We did Aran islands last time and Skellig last month. I loved Inis Or and was able to enjoy the day there. My husband loved Skellig. I chickened out after a couple hundred steps......tho beautiful. I would do the Aran islands next trip again.

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14. Re: Which is better, Aran Islands or Skellig Michael

If you are only going as far north as Doolin. Forget Inis Mor which should be approached from west of Galway.

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