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We have a trip booked for May 5-14th 2017.   Flying in and out of Dublin.  Our first stop is for 3 nights Oranmore near Galway.  Planning on going to the Aran Islands.  Any Suggestion on which Island of the three is recommended or are the Island recommended at all?  Also,  I was looking into taking taking a flight instead of the ferry but the flights seem to be suspended.  Any information if they will be flying again.  I contacted the Airline and they said to check back as they are negotiating a new contract.



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Welcome to Michele's Forum!  biggrin 

Most visitors to the Aran Islands opt to visit the largest island -- Inis Mor, although all three are accessible.  They each have their individual charms and appeal, and they present an entirely different face for those who manage to spend an over-night.

Flight info:  http://aerarannislands.ie/times-rates/ 

Info on the Islands:  http://aerarannislands.ie/the-islands/ 

Here's the website for the alternative flight option:  http://www.executive-helicopters.com/   They fly out of a different airport than the aerarranislands planes.



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Bit of a farce this Aran Isles flights and ferries business, there was talk that brown envelops were in short supply but that's being cynical. Hopefully the contracts will stay with the existing folk on both routes although the ferry situation is partly down to the Islanders.

Inis Mor is the regular choice especially as you are west of Galway and just up the lane from Rossaveal if the air doesn't get sorted. Inis Oirr would be my favourite and Inis Mean the least visited.

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Thank you for the quick response. We are arriving Saturday 6th 6 am in Dublin and will be driving to Oranmore (2 cars) for 3 nights in a B&B. We would like to see Galway, Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher, and Connemera. There are six of us and we are all active but want to be able to take our time to enjoy the pubs, people, castles, etc.

We then stay 3 nights near Killarney National Park (northwest side) in a self catering house. I believe we are near the Gap of Dunloe. We would like to do the drive around Dingle and a kayak excursion, Gap of Dunloe, Killarney National Park, Cork.

When then drive back to Dublin for the last two night and our flight leaves around 11 am Sunday Morning. We would like to stop around Tipperary on the way to Dublin.

After planning this I have found out my great great grandparents came from Wexford and Cavan which I would also like to make a side trip to one of these but I am not sure time will permit. Also, 4 of us like to fish and my husband plans to bring a fly rod to fish in the lake/streams. I would assume he will need to purchase a license.

Our flight, car rental, and lodging are booked. We just have to make a decision on what we will see and do. I would say our budget is moderate. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you, Mary

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You will have about a 3 hour drive on arrival. The Aran Islands will take an entire day. Connemara another whole day. You will have to fit in Galway and COM where you can.

You have too much scheduled for Killarney. One day for Dingle, one day for Gap of Dunloe, you also have a driving day from Oranmore to Killarney. Skip Cork as a day trip from Killarney.

You could drive through Cork on the way to Dublin and then catch perhaps Blarney Castle & Rock of Cashel.

Seems like Wexford and Cavan are the ones that will have to be dropped from this trip, unless you can totally redo the trip. But you said you have everything booked so that is not possible.





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Thank you for the input. Guess I am trying to do too much in a short time. I will have to decide what I will have to skip this trip.

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