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Aran Islands

 

 

General facts about the island we went to:

Inis Mór
About the island: Inis Mór is the largest of the three Aran Islands and is the most developed in terms of tourist facilities. There are about 900 inhabitants on Inis Mór making it by far the most populated of the islands. The main village on the island is Kilronan, which has a quite large harbour that accommodates a vast amount of tourist travel to the island. There are minibuses as well as horse and carts to take people around when they arrive off the boat or you could hire a bicycle which is also recommended. With the frequent boat trips every few hours from the mainland it is easily possible to visit just for one day if required.

Places to visit:
Dún Aengus:
One of the most famous attractions on the island is the stone fort of Dun Aonghasa which
is a semicircular shape and is at the edge of a cliffside offering excellent defence to its
ancient armies.
Dún Dubhchathair:
Located on the southern cliffs of Inis Mór this is thought to be the oldest of the forts
on Aran.
Dún Eochla:
The smallest fort on the island but it is excellently preserved and includes an inner citadel and outer defensive wall of stronger construction than any of the other forts.
Caisleán Aircín:
Named in English as Arkin's Castle, it was built in 1587. It was later occupied by Oliver
Cromwell's troops who plundered several monuments from around the island in order to repair it.
Teampall Bheanain:
Ruins of an ancient church which is one of the smallest in the world measuring just 10.75ft x 7ft.

 

Our Visit:

On our second day we went to the Aran Island. We went there by bus and by ferry and it took more than 3 hours to get there. Actually we wanted to go cycling on the island and bikes had already been booked for us. We wanted to visit Dun Aengus but because of the rain we stayed most of the time in the pub with all the Irish and Germans. We had a lot of fun and got to know each other better. So it wasn´t so bad that it was raining all the time and everybody enjoyed the trip.

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