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2 nights on Aran Island too much?

We're looking forward to spending the night on Inishmor in July. Wondering if two nights is too long, would one night be better?

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317 posts

Greetings from Ireland,
Personally I would love 2 nights on Inis Mor, to walk the entire Island and sock up the ambience at night.
I go there every 2 weeks for half the year with Rick Steves groups, a lot of our tour-members think the 5 hours we spend there is an hour too long.
Also know, a lot of professional tour-guides (not Rick Steves guides of course) in Ireland refer to Inis Mor as 'Alcatraz'!
My advice would be to stay two nights, but only if you have loads of time, otherwise definitely don't.
You've been warned :)
le meas/with respect
Stephen McPhilemy
Rick Steves Ireland Tour-Guide
Dingle & Derry

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42 posts

I could spend two nights if I had time. I loved it there. I like hiking, seeing the seals, pubs at night but would make sure you stay within walking distance of pubs. A freind stayed a bit far away and lucky for her someone gave her a ride back to her B&B

I could see some people not liking being on an island but would not bother me.

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250 posts

Too much for my taste. A day was plenty, it was lovely though, don't get me wrong. If you have loads of time, by all means stay two nights!

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250 posts

Too much for my taste. A day was plenty, it was lovely though, don't get me wrong. If you have loads of time, by all means stay two nights! Perhaps see the other Islands as well.

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3474 posts

I visited the island when I was on the RS Ireland tour. I would have liked to spend a night there because I felt we were a bit rushed. Two nights? Probably not.

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161 posts

I spent a week on Inis Mor in the midst of a long trip through Europe. One can walk from one end of the island to the other, exploring all the ancient sites. Unless you take at least two days, more possibly, you won't get the real Inis Mor. Riding the bus, for instance, into town, gives you the chatter of locals. Staying at a B&B such as Kilmurvey House will put you in the home of a local, with a close connection to the heart of the island. The pace here is slow, so slow down. It's incredible.

Cleo

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My husband and I are spending two nights on Inishmore later this month. I decided on two nights after reading some posts on TripAdvisor from folks who loved the slower pace and beauty. I can't wait!!!