Emily was over to visit recently! We did a ton of sightseeing which included: the Cliffs of Moher, Dunguaire Castle, a fairy fort, a ton of getting rained on, the Burren, Galway City pubs, Poulnabrone Dolmen, Kilfenora Abbey, Doolin, and London.
But our mutually favorite attraction was the day we spent at Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands.
After an hour-or-so-long bus ride to the hour-or-so-long ferry ride (which was significantly bumpier than I expected), we arrived at a freezing little island. Our plan was to rent bikes in order to circle the island, as it was too cold and far to walk. Thank god, however, there were several tour guides with thick accents and ratty vans attacking the tourists. All the sights, 10 euro, back in time for the afternoon ferry to the mainland. Sold!
It was a wonderful setup! With just a few other tourists in the tiny van, we could ask the tour guide to stop whenever we wanted to snap a pic. We were pretty quiet though, so he took it into his own hands to designate photographable areas. Like this one.
And this one.
And especially this one.
The ruins of an old church and monastery. In the cemetery, there are a range of ancient graves, including those of 3 Romans. The island was a great center of learning, where Romans would be shipped off to be immersed in education from the monks there.
The highlight of the island (after the soup and brown bread, of course) was Dún Aonghasa, a prehistoric fort.
And there were zero warning rails/walls/fences/ropes.
Our last stop of the day was a really promising ring fort. Unfortunately (punny), it was nearing the end of the day and the rest of the van was getting restless. Just got a few pics of the walk out there (none of the actual fort) before everyone was eager to get back to the ferry.
We also met a dog at the cliff fort and one at the ring fort, both of which were some kind of Lucy-like collie. But the only one who will care about that is my dad, so I’ll save that for Skype!