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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Inishmore

On Sunday morning, we checked out of the hotel with the intent of taking the ferry over to the Aran Islands, to Inishmore. But when we got to the ferry, no one was there.

So instead of the 49 minute ferry ride, we flew over on a small plane on Aer Arann.









After we landed on Inishmore, we had a driver give us a tour of the island through the small streets--barely more than single lane roads. The island, being quite isolated, maintained its gaelic culture and language.

The driver took us to DĂșn Aonghasa, the most famous fort on the Aran islands, dating back to 1500 BC and has been called "the most magnificent barbaric monument in Europe." The fort:



The fort was built on a cliff with incredible views, towering 100 yards above sea level.






After hiking back down from the cliffs, we had a great little lunch at Nan Phaddy's House of Good Food and Refreshment.



Before leaving to go back tot the little airport, our driver dropped us off at an old grave yard and church sight to explore a bit. It dated from the 8th Century AD.



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