Autumn with Aran Island Ferries and a Brand new Aran Food Tour
Aran Islands Goats Cheese announces new Aran Food Tour
Aran Island Ferries, new route from Galway City to Inis Mór and the Cliffs of Moher continues until Sunday September 26th 2021 following an exceptionally successful launch season this year. It’s traditional year round service from Rossaveal in Connemara continues to operate daily sailings with all information available on www.aranislandferries.com.
For Autumn 2021, Aran Island Ferries welcome the announcement of the brand new Aran Food Tour created by its fellow tourism colleague, Aran Goats Cheese, producer Gabriel Faherty. The brand new Aran Food Tour which is now available to book online at www.arangoatcheeseandfoodtours.com is centered on Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands. Aran Food Tours features a visit to an Economusée on the island, tasting at the Aran Goats Cheese Farm, meet the Aran Goats, combined with an experience at Bláth na Mara, a hand-harvested seaweed producer. Aran Food Tours are led by native islander and goats cheese producer Gabriel Faherty who’s passion for his native island homeland is palpable as he delivers a highly informative and entertaining guided tour of Inis Mór which combines the culture of food on the island with the rich Irish History and of course the Irish language. In addition Gabriel’s Aran Food Tour also gives visitors the opportunity to experience Inis Mór’s unique and world renowned historical and cultural sites, including the stunning Dún Aengus Cliffs, the Seacht Teampaill or site of the Seven Churches and the islands seal colony.
Aran Food Tours is available for both full and half day tours for both adults and children. Rates are from€70 for adults for a full day ( 5 Hour) tour or from €35 for a half day ( 2.5 hours). While children’s rates are €50 for a full day and €30 for a half day. Discounted rates are available for groups. This is exclusive of the Aran Island Ferries fare.
“An Island native, I know every inch of this island, its history, geography, stories and of course its food, drink, people and traditions” says Gabriel Faherty, “I love sharing these stories with visitors from all over Ireland and the world. It’s fair to say I have the gift of the gab”.
Gabriel Faherty was one of the first artisan food producers on Inis Mór and the Aran Islands when he created Aran Goats Cheese, now an award winning product sold nationwide from Inis Mór. “Its been a fantastic food journey, creating our wonderful Aran Goats Cheese and its exciting to see the growth of quality food producers now on the island including the wonderful, Bláth na Mara seaweed, Man of Aran Fudge and the Aran Islands Distilling Company. That’s not to mention the abundance of fresh fish and shellfish caught daily on the island.
“Aran Island Ferries are thrilled to see so many new high quality tourism experiences on the Aran islands,” says Aine Mc Loughlin Marketing Manager at Aran Island Ferries, “This latest addition of the Aran Food Tours compliments the world renowned historical sites of Dún Aengus Cliffs, the Seven Churches and the traditional tours available for many decades which showcase the beauty, culture, language and traditions unique to island life on the Aran Islands.”
Available year round, Aran Island Ferries docks at Kilronan Pier and Aran Food Tours pick is from there.
Minibus Tours, Guided Pony and Trap tours and bicycles are available to hire daily on Inis Mór and the Aran Islands of Inis Meáin and Inis Oirr while Aran Off Road Experience continues at weekends.
Aran Island Ferries, is the largest family owned ferry operator operating year round to all three of the Aran Irelands and this year began operating Ireland’s largest domestic ferry from Galway City to Inis Mór and the Cliffs of Moher, Saoirse na Farraige or Freedom of the Sea.
The extensive Aran Island Ferries fleet carrying passengers on all routes from Galway City and Rossaveel which includes Draíocht na Farraige, Magic of the Sea, Ceol na Farraige, Music of the Sea, Glór na Farraige, Voice of the Sea and Banríon na Farraige Queen of the sea, and combined Aran Island Ferries have a total capacity of 1,420. Aran Islands Ferries new route from Galway City Docks has been long in the planning and is another chapter in the company’s progressive history as it is the first time since 2005 that there’s been a sailing to the Aran Islands from Galway City.