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About Us

Céad Míle Fáilte
Aran Walking and Cycling Tours was founded in 2000 by Cyril O Flaherty, a native of the island, to provide a friendly and in-depth introduction to the many facets of island life- history and culture but also to highlight many of its hidden gems.  Places that you may find on your own but wouldn’t be aware of the customs and stories relating to it. For example, St Ciarán’s well (500 AD) and its leaping salmon, to wells that are said to cure blindness and other ailments.

We also traverse many of Aran’s natural wonders from the barren limestone karst moulded by the ice age to Poll na bPeist (The Worm Hole) – a natural carved swimming pool situated under the cliffs near Dun Aonghus, a spiritual place where you become enchanted and where nature is totally in command. We can visit Leaba Diarmuid agus Gráinne, the lover’s bed or five thousand year old wedge tomb, evidence left by our early ancestors who lived here when Galway Bay was a lake and the islands were one forested landmass or many of Aran’s wonderful bronze age fortresses like Dun Aonghusa and its world renowned cliffs, the Black Fort with its magnificent storm beaches, Dun Eochla, from where you can see five counties and the quieter and less well know fortress like Dun Beag, Dun Eoghnachta and Buaile an Ghabhain.

Perhaps you prefer to see the flowers and fauna, the month of May is when the island’s flowers are at their best. The rare orchids and gentians are in full bloom.

Equally as important, we give you an insight to our lives here on these beautiful islands on Europe’s most westerly frontier.

Our guides have a passion for their work and many are small farmers who have a special understanding of the islands and its terrain and in their daily lives live here continuing to preserve its unique culture. We aim to give you, the visitor, an experience to treasure and a time to remember. So come and share with us, the magic, that is Aran.

The Tour
We cater for groups of all sizes, ages, and ability, from amateur to experienced, schools or religious groups, etc… and tailor every tour to suit the individuals and their interests.

We can arrange transport, such as:

  • bicycles,
  • buses,
  • pony and trap “carriages”

to shuttle you between sites, if you don’t want to walk all day.

We also cater for weekend packages and can help arrange accommodation or packed lunches or other queries.

Always remember to bring suitable clothing (layers) and shoes as Aran weather can be changeable. Sunscreen is advisable winter and summer.