Aran Islands Hotel
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Today I took a ferry from the seaside town of Doolin to the Aran Islands! I came to the largest, and most populated island (about 800 people, tiny), named Inismore. The boat's name was the Happy Hooker (haha) and the crew was, of course, very nice!
The ride was a little scary, rocking back and forth pretty hard at times, it was a little stormy …
... and mixing it with sand and animal dung to create about six inches of top soil.
Taking a tip from Rick Steves, we first hiked to the Black Fort, Dún Duchathair, letting the day-trippers go first to the more famous Dún Aenghus. This Black Fort has ocean and high cliffs on three sides, which limited accessibility. And yes, it is very windy here too.
After this hike, we ...
... top. The hike up to the fort is a bit strenuous, and the landscape is reminiscent of the Burren, across the
water. The ring fort sits at the top of the steep precipice, ringed as a half circle with one side simply the cliff. It's so clear we can see the distant Skellig Islands. It seems that all the tourists had the same idea and now congregate in the ring fort. The children hop over ...
... She assured us it was safe to drink and that they had been drinking it for 40 years and were fine. I noticed the first night that the water in the toilet had some brown in it. I had a water bottle, so I was fine! We stopped in Clifden for shopping: John got a coffee and I got some lovely jewelry made with Connemara marble. The ride to Galway was a dotted green line meaning it had bumps and potholes...and not many shoulders to it. The scenery was stunning. The ...
... of 3 islands off the coast of Galway. Inisheer, and Inishmann are the other two and are about half the size of Inishmore. The island was only 18km long and about 6km wide and our tour guide said the population is about 800 people, so everybody knows everybody on the island. The land and its people are also very protected, meaning you cannot build a house on the island unless you were born there. Also, everyone on the island speaks ...