Inishmore is the largest of the three Aran Islands off the coast of Galway, and by largest I mean a population of 800. The main attraction on the island is Dun Aonghasa, a wall of cliffs similar to the Cliffs of Moher. There is more to see than a wall of cliffs and farmland on this island, you just have to put down your travel guide and explore on your own time. Here is some of what I found… without a tour guide.
A local coming to say hello!
One of the four churches on the island continues to bring the community together every Sunday.
An old house still presented its once vibrant charm with its delicately made roof and red pane windows.
If you dare to peak over the edge of Dun Aonghasa, enjoy the breathtaking sight of icy blue water colliding with the cliff’s side. Be careful near the edge!
The original Tetris. Take a minute to appreciate the intricate laying of the rocks that make up the land dividers. Did you know that these rock walls are purposefully made with spaces and holes in them, allowing you to see through them? This allows the furious winds that the island bears pass through, without knocking them over. Because of their design, some of these walls stand 400 years old.
In a small town not far from Dun Aonghasa, you will stumble upon a Craft Wool Shop with handmade Aran Sweaters. If you are extra cold after standing on the cliff, pick yourself up a sweater… if your wallet allows it!
A small cemetery with large headstones creates a somber mood while showing you some great history.
When you think you have seen it all, keep looking. You never know what you might find.
Property lines marked by handmade rock walls.
Sophia Evans is a student at Seattle University and an ISA Featured Photo Blogger. She is currently studying with ISA in Galway, Ireland.
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