Visit the islands

The Aran islands are three small islands off a bigger (but still small) island..the island of Ireland! Ireland is in the north Atlantic and has a temperate oceanic climate. Because of this we get fairly mild weather all year round but this does not mean Ireland and indeed the Aran islands are not amazinly beautiful islands and a great place to visit. There are a range of accommodation options for the Aran of islands and these include b&b’s, hotels and hostels for those of you on a budget. It is also a very popular camping spot in the summer months.

The islands are off the coast of county Galway which is home to Galway city which is only 1 hour drive away from the islands. You are also not far from the cliffs of moher in County Claire which is another very popular tourist destination. The Aran islands of made of limestone which creates a beautiful look not found in many places around the world. The three island are cllased Inis Mor, Ini Meain and Inis Oirr. These are home to an Irish speaking area and it is here that you are really in the traditional Ireland which is different from big cities like Dublin.

On the islands there are many pubs to visit and plenty to do including surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, hiking and much more!

 

 

Travel The Aran Islands On An Electric Scooter

Although we are quite a rural people here in the Aran islands we are not completely stuck in the stone age. It may surprise some people that we have fast broadband and satellite TV on the islands so we do keep in touch with the outside world. Despite this we do miss some of the old ways of life but in saying that tourism is the biggest industry on the islands and that is what keeps most people here employed. Another big employer on the island is the Irish colleges as we are in the Gaelteacht area which means Irish speaking area. Many parents send there kids here for several weeks in the summer to learn their native tongue. Between this and tourism we are kept busy through out the year with winter months being a bit quieter.

As we are trying to stay with the times and encouraging tourists to visit the islands a big way of traveling here is to rent bikes and cycle around the island. Well this year we have taken it one step further and now we also offer the change to travel the island by electric scooter. Electric scooters are a great way to travel around the island. Obviously they are electric so there is no pollution off of them and also it offers people who may not be able to physically cycle around the islands an alternative to travel around.

Not everyone is able to cycle around the islands so the scooters are a great option, easy to use and super safe. You can get around the biggest island Aran Mor in only a few hours with the scooters and then they need to be returned the same day. We are yet to upload them to the official website but they will be up soon and you can book them online. For those you do want to rent bikes that is of course still available.

 

 

 

 

 

Inis-Mor Info & Guides

The Aran islands are made up of 3 separate small islands the biggest of which is Inis Mor which is still quite small at only around 7000 acres. It is the main tourist attraction out of the 3 islands as it has many old stone walls, forts and even an old church all of which are worth visiting. One of the main forts there is a stone fort known as Dun Aengus. It is on the edge of a cliff which made for the perfect defence from any would be attackers and it is known all through out Europe was one of the oldest and best laid out forts in this current day.

There are only just over 1000 people living in Inis Mor which makes it the most populated island in the Aran Islands. The capital of the Island is Kilronan which is where the main harbor is and is usually where tourists disembark boats from the main land. The best way to see the Island is by hiring a bike. You can cycle around the whole Island in a matter of hours and there is plenty to see. As well as the forts there are some breath taking views and you can really get a feel for ancient Ireland here on this island.

Tourism is the biggest industry on the island and is where most people are employed. Another large sector is fishing which brings in good finance for the Island. Now with the internet and the fact that people can work from anywhere there are a few more opportunities that were traditionally not avaialble on the island. There is for example a business selling wireless headphones on the island which is really taking off. They sell a range of wireless headphones and speakers and are planning on expanding which will bring more employment into the area.

 

 

Is the iPhone 6 still worth getting in 2018?

iphone 6 for sale

The iPhone 6 was launched in March 2017 in Ireland and at that time it was one of the high-end phones present in the market. The phone was loaded with a ton of features and was really a great choice at that time. But now when we are in 2018, is it a fair choice? Let’s discuss about it in detail.

The phone featured Apple A8 APL1011 chipset which is a 1.4 GHz Dual Core processor and the graphics card used was PowerVR GX6450. The price of this phone (32 GB) in 2018 is Rs. 22,039.long now at this price, there are many other phones which can easily outperform it. At this price range, you can get an octa-core processor with a solid aderno 500+ graphics card into it. The Pocophone F1 is the best example for this. The starting price of this phone is Rs. 20,999 and it offers more than the iPhone6!

In this era, when we are storing data without thinking about space, iPhone 6 let us down. The basic version offers 32 GB of storage. But at the same price range, we are getting around 64 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM.

Most of the people use their smartphone the whole day and the battery backup of iphone6 is not something that will let you do this. With a 1810mAh battery, the phone battery does not last long.

So, we can easily say that in 2018 the iPhone 6 for sale is a good option if you are looking for a fast phone without spending a fortune. You should not buy this phone. You can easily get more performance than it at the same price and even less than that. Maybe in 2017, iPhone6 was a good choice but now a year later it is below the other smartphones on the market at a price less than that.

Come Visit the Aran Islands This Summer

It is almost summer again thankfully and things are starting to pick up on the tourist front over on the Aran islands. Every year thousands of people from around the world come to the Aran islands to experience what is a very Irish experience. What we mean by that is that of course the Aran islands are in what is known as a Gaelteacht area which means that it is an Irish speaking area and a place where Irish tradition is upheld. This makes the islands a popular spot both for Irish people are foreigners alike. In particular many Americans come here to get a taste of ancient Ireland.

Summer is of course the best time to visit the islands as the weather is obviously much better than during winter. In saying that a clear winters day on the islands is fantastic and there is very few places in the world that will give you such beauty mixed with a rich culture. There is much to do on the islands such as kayaking, hiking, hill walking, fishing and more. They are also not far from some great surf spots so that is always a draw for thrill seekers. Part of a surf documentary was filmed off of the islands several years back and it was sponsored by one of the islands local businesses.

It is recommended to spend 2 – 3 days on the islands and this can tie in great with a tour of the west coast or even the whole of Ireland depending on the time frame. Many people hit the main spots including Dublin, Belfast and Cork but we would encourage people to get out of the cities and visit the Aran islands and Connemara as well as popping into Galway city for a night or two as it really is a vibrant little city.

 

 

Visit The Aran Islands This Summer For Your Golf Trip

It is the time of year that various beautiful places around Ireland are making their cases for why you should come and spend your hard earned money in their local area, town or county so we said we should do the same. Our beautiful islands are often overlooked when people are planning a long weekend away or a golf trip which many of us love to go on. Places like Fota in Cork and Galway usually steal the limelight so we are here to make a case as to why you should come to the Aran Islands instead!

There are many great things to do here including visit any or all of the 3 islands that make up the Aran islands. You can also visit the cliffs of inis more which is fantastic, especially on a lovely summers days or visit what we locals call the worm hole that has hosted the red bull cliff diving event before. There are also many forts on Aran Mor the biggest of the islands that are well worth visiting especially if you are from further afield like Europe or the USA where you may not see forts like this.

Other options including visiting one of the gorgeous golf clubs on the islands. We have a large range of courses and there is also a golf pro shop located on Aran Mor which sells a range of clubs, bags and gadgets such as the golf range finder for those of you into that sort of thing.

The islands also offer some great surfing beaches which many people do not realise. Some of the best cold wave surfing in the world is off the west coast just where we are located. So if this does not convince you to come to our islands then I don’t know what will! Just make sure you come in summer when the weather is good :).

You can now use an Android TV Box on the Aran Islands

As the Aran islands are remote islands off the west coast of Ireland which is more less densely populated than the east coast means that we are a bit behind in certain things and broadband internet is one of them. There are 4 provinces in Ireland which are Leinster, Munster, Ulster and Connacht. Most the the population lives in Leinster where of course Dublin is located and the largest population group is in the great Dublin area which spans all the way from Greystones, County Wicklow all the way up to Drogheda in County Louth. Over 2.5 million people live in this area which means that they get the most funding and services in general are better over there.

Over here in Connacht is the least densely populated area with Galway city being the capital and just touch 100,000 people. The Aran islands are then in a remote part of the smallest province which means that getting things like broadband internet has been slower than the rest of the country. It is finally now here and fibre broadband is available which means services like Netflix can be used and devices like the android TV box or Apple TV can be used to watch movies and TV. It is also quite important for the tourism here as 95% of bookings are made on the internet so having a good internet service that is reliable is important.

The government have worked hard with a program called decentralization to encourage people to move to other parts of the country but the fact remains that Dublin is a primate city so therefore is much bigger than the other cities and has much more opportunity than the smaller cities in Ireland. Belfast would also be a small city and is the capital of Ulster so although it is only up the road and quite big it is not part of the republic which means the next biggest city is Cork.  Progress is being made though and here on the islands we are happy to be finally catching up with the rest of the country!