I'll be leading a student trip to Inis Mor soon, and I've never been there before! I've organized everything from afar, but I need your advice on some details. Note: We'll be traveling in August.
1. What's the best way to get to Inis Mor from Shannon Airport? Do I need to book bus tickets for 7 people in advance? If yes, can I do it online?
2. Can I book ferry tickets online?
3. I was told I can't book bikes on the island online, but I should call 24 hours ahead. I'll have to call a little earlier than that because we'll be in transit for more than 24 hours before our arrival. Does anyone know if we can also get bike locks with bikes? Should I even worry about locks? We'll be biking around the island, but I assume we'll hop off the bikes often and do some sightseeing. Is it safe to leave these bikes behind?
4. Is this itinerary doable at all? If not, why not? What changes would you suggest?
day 1 (weekday)
(This part of the itinerary depends entirely on whether or not our flight arrives on time.)
Arrive in Shannon at 7:35 a.m.
8:50 a.m. bus to Galway
11:06 arrive in Galway; shuttle from Queen Street
1 p.m. Ferry from Ros a’ Mhil to Inis Mor
1:45 Land on the island. Send luggage to hotel in a van. Pick up bikes and bike to the hotel.
2:30 Check-in at the hotel. Relax.
4:00 p.m. Bike to the village for dinner, discussion of “The Dead,” and sightseeing.
day 2 (weekday)
7:30 a.m. breakfast and get luggage ready to check out
8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. biking on the island
11:00 return bikes; early lunch in the village
12-2:30 horse and buggy sightseeing of Inis Mor
2:45 Pick up luggage at the pier from the van.
3:00 check-in at the pier
4 p.m. ferry to Galway
6:00 p.m. check in at the hotel
6:30 free time in Galway