Galway & the Aran Islands

UCD planned another trip for us – this time to Galway, the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher.

We drove two hours across the county, and spent day one exploring Galway. It’s a cute little university town, with one main streets and rivers running throughout town.  Very picturesque.

The next morning we headed to the ferry for the Aran Islands. The Aran Islands are a group of three islands, with aproximately 1,200 residents.  There are several Bronze and Iron Age forts on the islands that you can actually interact with. But they are most famous for their hand knit wool sweaters, one of which I purchased. We only made it to the biggest island, Inis Mor (Inishmore), but we still have a full day of exploring.

On the ferry ride (about 45 minutes long) we saw the Irish Coast Guard practice a drill which was pretty cool to see (and kept my mind off the cold).

Once you arrive on the island, you have four options of transportation. You can

  1. hire a bus to give you a tour
  2. rent a horse and buggy
  3. walk
  4. rent a bike

Renting a bike is the most popular option and at the time seemed like a reasonable idea. Five hours later, I wasn’t quite so sure. In my usual fashion I fell off about 4 times throughout the day and now I have bruises all down my legs. But it helped make the experience authentic and it really was an awesome day.

The Aran Islands


Proof that I rode a bike.

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Dun Aonghasa: the most spectacular semi circular Celtic Stone fort in Europe.  It was built by Celtic tribsman around 2000 BC.  The other part of the fort, shown below, is sheer cliff.