The Aran Islands

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The Aran Islands


In this virtual experience, students will…

  • Explore the geography of the Aran Islands and analyze the unique features of each island, such as their sizes, elevations, and surrounding waters, and evaluate how these factors have influenced the islands’ development and culture.
  • Investigate: Investigate the history and culture of the Aran Islands, including their connection to the Gaeltacht Irish-speaking region, and analyze how these traditions have been preserved over time and how they continue to influence the islands’ identity.

Lesson overview

The Aran Islands are located in Galway Bay. The three islands are Inis Mór, Inishmaan and Inisheer. Inis Mór, meaning “the big island”, is the largest of the Aran Islands. Because of its beautiful landscape, it is visited by tourists from all over the world. In recent years, cliff diving on the island has become very popular also. Inis Mór is part of the Gaeltacht Irish-speaking region. In this virtual experience, you will visit the Aran Islands.



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