When you picture life on a rural island off the West coast of Ireland, images of sheep grazing lazily in fields and elderly farmers in knitted jumpers probably spring to mind. But while the Aran Islands may be steeped in tradition and rich in history, this stunning rugged landscape also offers something for the modern traveller.

For No Place Like Home presenter Kathryn Thomas, a recent visit to Inis Mór gave an eye-opening view of all the island has to offer from prehistoric landmarks and jaw-dropping scenery to unforgettable excursions.

If you're planning a trip to Inis Mór, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy and unique places of interest worth exploring.

It is the largest of the three Aran Islands and is hugely popular with day visitors from Galway and Doolin in nearby Clare.

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The first thing you need to know is how to get there and you can travel to all three of the Aran Islands by plane or by boat. Aer Arann provides a number of daily flights from the airport in Connemara to Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr. The flight time from Connemara to Inis Mór is just 10 minutes with the journey providing breathtaking views all across Galway Bay.

If you prefer to travel at a more leisurely pace, you also have the option to visit the islands by boat, with daily ferries operating out of Rossaveel in County Galway, and Doolin in County Clare, and a new seasonal day tour out of the docks in Galway City with Aran Island Ferries.

Once you get there, you’ll have a number of options to choose from when it comes to exploring your surroundings.

While many people opt to rent bikes to explore all Inis Mór has to offer, there are other ways to experience island life with help from the locals.

Aran Off-Road Experience allows visitors to learn more about Inis Mór from the people that know it best. Brothers Pádraig and Aonghus Hernon run frequent off-road tours of Inis Mór, taking guests to lesser-known areas of the island. Visitors get the chance to tour the island from the comfort of their 4x4 Jeep, learning all the secrets of the ancient surroundings as they take in the incredible scenery on an off-the-beaten-track excursion.

The tours take visitors across Dún Aonghasa to explore the incredible prehistoric hill forts that are still standing along the dramatic cliff edges. Guests will also get to take in the sights at the famed Worm Hole at Poll na bPéist - a jaw-dropping, naturally occurring tidal pool cut out from surrounding rock which featured in a recent Red Bull Cliff Diving competition.

For a unique camping experience on the island, why not check in to the Aran Islands Glamping site, situated on the shores of the nearby Frenchman’s Beach? The site offers guests the opportunity to sleep out under the stars in a traditional camping setting, or a more luxurious stay in one of 24 glamping pods.

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The separate campsite provides guests access to a campers kitchen, a laundry room and a purpose-built shower facility. Meanwhile, the self-contained glamping pods can accommodate up to six people and have been designed to look reminiscent of the prehistoric beehive-shaped stone huts that would once havebeen home to islanders in centuries gone by. The pods are kitted out with everything you might need for a night away while still providing an authentic glimpse into the traditions of life in historic rural Ireland. They allow you to experience island life in style as you wake up overlooking the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean from a state-of-the-art facility, located just a short stroll away from Kilronan Village.

You don't have to pitch up on the sand to enjoy the views though. Aran Islands Hotel has recently added a 'village' of Seaview Chalets perched on naturally elevated grounds to take advantage of the stunning panorama. These Seaview Bedroom Chalets are located next to the hotel so you can have the best of both worlds -- relax on your very own chalet deck in seclusion or pop down to the hotel bar and restaurant for some socialising.

For those seeking adventure while on the island, Inis Mór is home to some truly unforgettable outdoor activities guaranteed to keep everyone entertained.The Aran Islands Dive Academy offers a wide range of fun activities for all the family, including scuba diving lessons and excursions, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. If you’re really looking to make your trip to the Aran Islands one to remember, the Dive Academy also offers guests the unique opportunity to go snorkelling with a colony of grey seals in the shallow waters of Straw Island. So why not take a dip with some locals?

Whether you’re exploring prehistoric island life, taking in the breathtaking scenery or making a splash, Inis Mór offers plenty of variety for a truly unforgettable experience along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

To Keep Discovering all that Ireland has to offer, check out discoverireland.ie to plan your next adventure.

Watch No Place Like Home with Kathryn Thomas HERE.

By Hannah Moran

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