Sunday: Aran Islands Day Trip
The Aran Islands perfectly exemplify the spirit of coastal Ireland all at once – desolate, weather-beaten, and utterly beguiling. Inis Meáin is the least inhabited of the three, with unparalleled natural beauty, culture, and history in a living community. Skip the turbulent ferry crossing and opt for a quick, easy flight on Aer Arann from the mainland to this wild Atlantic haven; the journey takes mere minutes and the views are unbeatable. There are stunning coastal hikes from two to eight hours in length, taking in sea cliffs, wave-cut platforms, puffing holes, beaches and dunes. With a picnic lunch, brave a swim in the Atlantic waters, hike past towering cliffs and beaches or take a rod and try your luck at the end of the pier.
DINNER TIME Chef JP McMahon at Michelin starred Aniar Restaurant has fostered old Irish cooking and preservation methods, all of which feature on his menu, from curing and pickling to smoking and fermenting.