Aran Islands

Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Ahh nature. The aran islands are a set of three islands off the galway coast in the Atlantic. It is stunningly beautiful and eerily desolate at the same time. The island is covered with limestone slates and is filled with walls of stones that the farmers have piled to get out of the way for grazing over the years. And not just a few, the place is packed with these things. It is truly baffling yet impressive (see pictures).
There are only about 800 people living here but the population more than triples each day as ferries packed with tourists and their money spill onto their shores.
The tours of the island, and the hordes of tourists that take them, tend to stay to the east side of the island so we headed for the west. We hiked along the most ruggedly breathtaking and somewhat challenging terrain and barely saw a soul.  Again we hung over the edge of a straight drop to the sea below. The pictures barely do it justice. We went in search of a 5000 year old fort, which we found, but the location stole the show. This place gives the cliffs of moher a run for its money. It was a perfect day even though it rained for most of it.
Off to Westport.
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