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Residents welcome a new five-year contract guaranteeing daily ferry services to Aran Islands

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht subsidises life-line transport services for inhabited offshore islands. Transport services for 19 islands are subsidised by the Department under various agreements covering passenger ferry (including road transport in some cases), cargo ferry and air transport services. The new contract has been announced by Gaeltacht Minister Joe McHugh. It also includes a road transport service between Ros an Mhíl and the city. The new contract is effective from the 1st December 2017 to the 30th of November 2022. Return sailings will be provided between Inis Mór and Ros an Mhíl and Inis Meáin/Inis Oírr and Ros an Mhíl every morning and afternoon, seven days a week. There will be additional early afternoon sailings on Sundays from May to September.

Aran Islands ranked 11th place among islands around the world by National Geographic.

A panel of 522 experts in sustainable tourism and destination stewardship donated time to review conditions in these 111 selected islands and archipelagos. Quoted phrases from their remarks suggest the thinking behind the scores.

Unspoilt, beautiful, and dramatic destination for archaeology, bird-watching, and spectacular hill walking. The rugged beauty of the island is maintained and sustainable. The inhabitants maintain a strong sense of their cultural heritage and identity. Well resourced and cared for.
Walking through chilly, wind-blown pastures, running a hand along the mortarless walls, you can't help but feel a connection to the craftsmen who, centuries ago, so carefully fitted each stone. That this feeling, this authenticity, has survived the modern world is nothing short of miraculous.