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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.

NOV 2007

Aran Island Ferries awarded government contract for Inis Meáin/Inis Oirr for the next 5 years.

DEC 2007

Aran Island Ferries awarded a special recognition award from the Marketing Institute of Ireland for its commitment to marketing.

JAN 2008

Aran Island Ferries receives C.I.E. Tours International Award of Excellence for the second year running. Winners are chosen from an independent evaluation of questionnaires completed by CIE Tours International coach tour customers.

FEB 2008

Aran Island Ferries awarded second government contract for the Aran Islands. This contract was awarded for Inis Mór Island for 5 years.

Susan O'Brien of Aran Island Ferries receives commemorative plaque from the Royal National Lifeboat of Ireland for her contribution to fund-raising for the lifeboat.