12 Best Places To Stay In Aran Islands - Updated 2022

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When visiting the Aran Islands, you won’t find any hotel chains. What you will find is a spray of thatched-roof cottages tucked quietly behind breezy shorelines. It’s hard to choose which sanctuary to call home for your time in these isles of magic, but let’s take a look at the cream of the crop. Here are our picks on the best places to stay in Aran Islands.

1. Minimalistic house with stunning views (from USD 161)

Among the rentals in Galway County that can accommodate large groups is this Airbnb home with panoramic views. With large windows built on all corners, you’ll never be rid of the Dún Aonghasa Fort and the picturesque rugged islands. Boasting modern and minimal decor, this dwelling with a crisp-white interior has three bedrooms that welcome up to seven guests. You are most welcome to use the full kitchen and serve your family hearty meals while marveling at the awe-inspiring view from this island home.

Home away from Home with stunning ocean views
Inishmore, County Galway, Ireland
73 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire home 4 Beds 7 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 7

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds were so cozy and comfortable
Cleanliness:
sparkling clean & very spacious
very clean spacious and modern
clean modern comfortable
very clean very homely and so spacious
excellent house very clean and comfortable
Host:
bernie was a brilliant host and always responded very quickly to any questions we had
from the moment we booked bernie made us feel welcome with helpful and friendly emails
bernie and margaret were very attentive and thoughtful hosts
bernie was very friendly and responded quickly to all messages
our instructions on getting there were precise and helpful
Location:
and the location is truly amazing
perfectly located it's the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature
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2. Holiday guesthouse in Kilronan (from USD 157)

In the sleepy village of Kilronan is where you’ll find this simple holiday home with two bedrooms that can accommodate four people. The property is only a 15-minute scenic walk from the ferry terminal and is close to Joe Watty’s Bar and Restaurant. If you’re coming to Aran Islands with your child (or not!), there’s a beautiful park where you can frolic around and have a picnic. There’s an outdoor space with a comfortable seating area, but do keep in mind that it is shared with another holiday bungalow home.

Kilronan Holiday Homes Two Bedrooms
24 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Location:
a modern cosy house close to local amenities and tourist attractions like dun aengusa
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3. Cozy, thatch-roofed cottage (from USD 243)

If you’ve ever fantasized about staying in one of those lone houses on a faraway island, the abundance of such rentals in Aran Islands will surprise you. Take for one this thatch-roofed, two-bedroom cottage in Inishmore that was build in the mid-19th century. While this home does accommodate up to four people, it is most ideal for couples who are looking to disconnect from the world for a bit and celebrate their love in complete peace and serenity. Overlooking Galway Bay in a two-acre (0.81-hectare) field, this Airbnb rental will give you the experience of a lifetime.

Aran Thatch Cottage
Inishmore, County Galway, Ireland
84 reviews
Entire cottage 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful views stunning interior and comfortable beds in a 300 year old thatched cottage - wow
we thoroughly enjoyed our stay including a beautiful view and cozy traditional thatched cottage feel
our family of four was very comfortable at the cottage
cozy stylish small place perfect for a chill holiday or weekend away
it's a very cute and cozy cottage perfect to curl up and relax in for a few days
Cleanliness:
clean plenty of linens
the cottage itself is clean and comfortable
Host:
rebecca is a great host her place is lovely and her welcome introductory email covered thoroughly everything
long walk down to seal beach but the van/taxis are very available and helpful
rebecca is so friendly and will answer any queries you have
we loved this charming abode and rebecca was a wonderful and communitcative host
Location:
the location is the best
well presented in a nice quiet location
easy 25min walk to the village in one direction and kilmarvey beach in the other
great location would recommend getting bikes - very easy/safe to get around
really lovely location and cozy cottage quite far from the town but close to all the sites
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4. Atlantic views from South Aran rooms (from USD 83)

Located on Inisheer, this is island delight at its finest. South Aran rooms are secretly nestled in a quiet location beside South Aran Restaurant. This means you’ll rest in peaceful accommodations at night and never be more than a hop, skip, and a jump from gorgeously prepared food.

A full breakfast is served in South Aran Restaurant, boasting some of the freshest meals to ever pass your lips. A nice selection of wine and beer await you as you cap off your daily explorations within the walls of this harmonious retreat. Truthfully, you can have it all here - including free WiFi.

ARAN SOUTH ROOM 3
Aran Islands, Galway, Ireland
73 reviews
Private room 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the rooms are very comfortable and charming with all the amenities you will need
the room was really nice beautiful and lots of natural light
we had a fabulous dinner and breakfast
the space is very comfortable stylish tranquil modern (with en suite
there is a very large and comfortable common room with tv dvd's etc and tea making facilities
Cleanliness:
the room is very clean and charming
the room was clean nicely decorated and comfortable
the room is clean cosy and bright
the room was sparkling clean
the room was spotless spacious and very comfortable
Host:
she was very responsive and even collected us from the ferry
hosts were extremely welcoming and accommodating
maria is a great host
they were charming hosts full of excellent advice and recommendations- and chat inisheer is soooo beautiful
maria and enda are wonderful hosts
Location:
great location just being outside of the village but easy walk
this is a great b&b in a perfect location in inis oirr
beautiful and homey location i definitely recommend
perfect location for a stay on inis oirr
lovely stay great location and fantastic breakfast
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5. Authentic fisherman's cottage (from 93 USD)

Located on Inishmaan, this authentic fisherman’s cottage has all the right updates. Although it’s an astonishing 300 years old, that doesn’t stop it from boasting some seriously modern delights. Underfloor heating is available in case the Atlantic winds should ever whip too harshly.

This humble Aran Islands accommodation will provide everything you need to eat, sleep, and shower restfully. When you’re ready for some local color, take your keys and walk just a few minutes down the road to the​ local pub. Offering world-class cuisine and the likelihood of some live music, I can’t imagine ever wanting to wake up from this dream.

Aran Island fisherman's cottage

Price: from 93 USD

Number of Guests: 2

6. A quiet couple's hideaway (from 88 USD)

Located on Inishmore, this is a quiet ground floor apartment just a few feet from the ocean. Offering free WiFi, an updated kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living room, this is as good as packing your own home into your suitcase.

A helpful review demonstrates the cleanliness of this oasis, and you’re only two minutes from the pubs, shops, and bike hires. Whether you’re wandering amidst ancient ruins from the past or chatting up a local down at the pub, this is your home away from home that you’ll never forget.

Couples paradise! A couple of feet from the beach!

Price: from 88 USD

Number of Guests: 2

7. Irish haven (from 161 USD)

Located on Inisheer, this truly is your home away from home. With room to sleep up to eight, there will be plenty of space to stretch out. This is your best bet if you’d like to experience an authentically Irish getaway. As you stroll from your doorstep each morning, don’t be surprised if a friendly neighbor tips his cap at you. You can be sure the tender of the local pub will remember your name.

Most importantly, you’ll be within walking distance to ancient ruins, fields of wildflowers, and sweeping seascapes. When it’s time to hang your hat and reflect upon the day’s mysteries, there’s no better sanctuary to retreat to. If you find yourself falling madly in love - which is entirely possible - this can also turn into a long term rental. The magic of Ireland is just powerful enough to entice you to stay.

Idyllic stay on an idyllic island

Price: from 161 USD

Number of Guests: 8

8. Téach na céibh (from USD 79)

One of the most budget-friendly bed and breakfasts that you will find in Aran Islands is Téach na céibh on Inisheer. Each of the rooms is equipped with free Wi-Fi and has a private bathroom with toiletries. If you have your children traveling with you, keep them entertained at the on-site playground. In such a modest place, you’ll be surprised with how much they can offer. Besides their spa and wellness packages, there are board games, puzzles, and other recreational facilities like billiards and darts. You can also arrange nature trips, such as cycling and diving, at this humble property.


Téach na céibh

Address: Aran Islands west village, Inisheer

Billiards Snorkelling Tennis court Books, DVDs, music for children Invoice provided Massage Shared lounge/TV area Free WiFi

9. Atlantic Island cottage with wildflower roof

If you’re looking to travel a world away, this is your ticket. Located on Inishmaan, this is a lovely studio cottage that has been updated and equipped with all your essentials - including a washing machine. Startling treasures from the past await you on Inishmaan. But, as you lay your head at night in this lovely cottage to rent in Aran Islands, you’ll sleep restfully - sensing that the ocean is only a stone’s throw away.

Are you looking to draft that first chapter in your novel? Are you looking to remove the buzzing noises of city life from your mind? This hidden treasure will provide you with everything you’re looking for, including just a slight dusting of magic.

Atlantic Island cottage (with wildflower roof)
5 reviews
Entire house 1 Bed 3 Guests

10. Mary Joe's B&B

This is the blue Tiffany box to your quiet island adventure on Inishmore. Whether you’re a purposeful wanderer or a happy couple, this is hospitality at its finest. Overlooking the majestic Galway Bay, this gemstone is centrally located in the fishing village of Kilronan down a quiet little cul de sac.

Feel free to relax in your private quarters or in the common room. Tea and coffee will always be at your fingertips. In the morning, a full Irish breakfast or some smoked salmon and eggs will start your engine. You’ll want to precede that breakfast with a sip of sunrise one morning. A dash of the local color can be found in the village at any of the local pubs and shops. But, you’ll be happy to return home once the stars come out to dance.

Mary Joe's B&B
79 reviews
Private room 1 Bed 2 Guests

11. Spacious En-Suite Double Room

Imagine an island where 15th-century men once built castles in the sky. Then, place yourself on that very same island lounging on a soft bed, browsing Trip101.com with your WiFi access, dining on a delectable breakfast. Located on Inishmore, this cozy stay in Aran Islands offers an amazing ability to shift back and forth between ancient times and present times.

During the day, revel in ruins created during pre-Christian times. In the evening, sip on a frothing pint of Guinness as you overlook the tempestuous Atlantic waters. Located only a stone’s throw away from the island’s amenities, you’ll be glad to return here after your daily travels​ through the misty airs of Inishmore.

Spacious En-suite Twin room.
Inishmore, Galway, Ireland
145 reviews
Private room in house 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

12. Aran Island Glamping (from USD 179)

Have you ever seen something so wonderful it actually befuddled you? So many thoughts scurried through your mind all at once that you didn’t know what to say? Aran Island Glamping will have the same effect on you.

Located near the fishing village of Kilronan, Inishmore, you’re only one mile (1.6 km) away from the beach in these lovely little pods. You can choose your pod, too. Will you require a dining area or a patio? Will you fancy a jaunt down to the local pub for dinner every night, foregoing these added touches? Centrally located - only​ a hop, skip, and a jump from the ferry’s port of call - you’ll find yourself within an arm’s reach of all the amenities of the island. Make sure you pick up your bike rental so you can coast through the island’s ancient ruins with ease.


Aran Islands Camping & Glamping

Wifi Available

Address: Kilronan, Aran Islands Frenchman's Beach
Accommodates: 6

Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Fishing Business centre

The magic of the Aran Islands!

If you’ve ever imagined walking along moonlit paths to your thatched roof cottage, you simply must visit the Aran Islands. If the past has always held a certain charisma for you, why not dip back in time to the 15th-century? Truthfully, though, this is all about slowing it down a little. The magic of these ancient islands will stay with you forever, making your eventual return to reality all the more joyous. Unless, of course, you never want to leave at all.

Frequently asked questions about the places to stay in Aran Islands

1. Which places to stay in Aran Islands offer breakfast?

Atlantic views from South Aran Rooms and Téach na céibh are two of the best places to stay in Aran Islands that serve an excellent breakfast selection to its guests.

2. Which places to stay in Aran Islands are good for families?

Minimalistic house with stunning views, holiday guesthouse in Kilronan, and Téach na céibh are three suitable places to stay in Aran Islands if you are coming with your family.

3. Which places to stay in Aran Islands are good for couples?

If you have decided to visit the stunning Aran Islands with your loved one, check out Aran Island Glamping and holiday guesthouse in Kilronan, which are both suitable for couples.

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Kit Kittelstad is a Freelance Writer who specializes in higher education and lifestyle articles, with a focus on travel pieces. She also serves as an Adjunct Communications Professor at Pace...Read more

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