The Arans are a group of three islands at the mouth of Galway Bay. These are situated on the west coast of Ireland. The Aran Islands are said to have first been inhabited somewhere in the mid-17th century.
Why they are special: The Aran Islands comprise 1,200 inhabitants who speak Irish. Due to unusually temperate weather, there is a rich variety of flora and fauna growing on the Islands. The Islands are a major tourist attraction on account of the various forts and sites that date back to the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. In fact, the Islands hold a certain charm and lure for artists and writers who find the climate, culture and physical history of the place conducive for their work.