Have you ever visited the Aran Islands? Or do you live there? What do
April 23, 2007 8:51am CST
I am italian and I visited Inishmore in 1997 during my honeymoon. Me and my wife we rent a couple of bicycles and we discovered the astonishing beauty of that island. Have you ever visited the Aran Islands or do you live there? What do you think about?
25 Apr 07
Aran Islands are located near the Galway Bay (50 km from the coast). There are three bigger islands, Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer and five smaller islands (the Brannocks). The are still wild in their appearence, people talk gaelic language, and you can visit about 40 different palaeochristian or prehistoric archaeological sites. No cars except residents ones are admitted: you can rent bicycles or make an organised visit with a minibus. You will get to Inishmore (the main island) from Galway with a Ferry-boat in 1.30 h. In Inishmore do not miss a visit to the Dun Aengus, a prehistoric fortress (probably VIIth century b.C.) situated on an impressiv and high cliff. If you are interested I will post other infos. For the photos I will post them in the next few days, just let me have the time to digitalize them...
• United States
27 Apr 07
I wish I had the time and inclination as well as the money to visit the Aran Islands while I was in Ireland. I stayed for a little over a month in Limerick and Claire counties, never really venturing far enough to see all the sights. I was more interested in interaction with the locals. I even got to sing and play fiddle with a band for a few nights. It was lot of fun. It surprised me how easily I slipped into the mode of life there, and had I not relatives in America who would have been upset with me, I would have stayed! I was even offered a job. When I came home my accent was so thick that my mother didn't understand me! Anyway, had I a little more Irish (language) I would have tried the Aran Islands as a first base, but their accent and dialect are among the toughest to grasp in all of the country.