We recently stayed at the Man of Aran for 2 nights. We were attending a wedding in Kilronan one of the days of our stay. We booked this cottage and paid a deposit of 45 euro. In the mean time a room at the hotel where the wedding was being held became available. I didn't want to lose our deposit by canceling, or mess around the owners of the B&B so we kept our booking at the Man of Aran. In total, over 2 days, we spent 54 euro on taxi's in and out to Kilronan so it actually cost us more in the long run keeping our booking. Besides this we found to our dismay that taxi drivers did not want to travel to the Man of Aran. On the morning of the wedding, which was very wet and windy, two local taxis we called would not come to collect us to take us into the village of Kilronan (approx 4 miles). They instead suggested we start walking towards Kilronan (in the wind and rain with our wedding clothes on) and we might hitch a ride with the tour buses who go to nearby Dun Aengus. Obviously we weren't going to do this. Eventually, Joe the man of the house sorted us out with a taxi into Kilronan but we had to be ready within 20 minutes. We were over an hour early then for the wedding. The night of the wedding, we had to leave the party early to make sure we got home as we were warned that taxi drivers would not want to go as far as Man of Aran later.
Aside from that, we found the Man and Woman of the house ok only. We felt that they made more of an effort with the foreign guests, offering them more toast, tea, coffee etc. We got 1 slice of toast each with our breakfast on both days. On leaving, we were ignored by Maura as we walked out. Not even a goodbye. At the same time she was flapping around the foreign guests telling them how she hoped to see them back again etc. Don't get me wrong, I was happy to see them being hospitable to the foreign guests but they seemed to make no effort with us. I find this very short sighted on their part as we would probably be more likely to return to the island, being from Ireland.
Accommodation wise, the room itself was very dark with no facilities for tea or coffee. The shower wasn't great either. The views of the sea were spectacular though and the garden was very pretty. We didn't have any evening meals at the cottage but did have a full Irish breakfast which, though nice, would not set you up for the day. If I were to book again, I would not stay here.
- Also Known As:
- Man Of Aran Cottage Hotel Inishmore
- Man Of Aran Cottage Aran Islands/Inishmore, Ireland