|On the ferry|
|Celtic cross in front of "one of the oldest bars on the Atlantic"|
|I'm not sure what this is, but it had names of towns/villages and distances|
I snapped the following pictures as we waited for our van to take us on the tour.
We had 4 or 5 other people in the van with us. We felt like we missed out on a lot of the history because one of the men was doing his stand-up comedy routine with the driver.
|The oldest house on the island|
The scenery was just breathtaking:
|This is the house from the documentary "Man of Aran"|
Our first stop was "Seven Churches", although there is really only 2. It is the site of a former monastery.
M & I were the last ones back in the van. We could have spent so much more time there...one of the bad things about being in a group. Our next stop was Dun Aengus. We had a nice little hike to the top (with some stops along the way!):
|Don't believe the sign...I think it took longer than 20 minutes to get to the top. It was pretty steep!|
It is estimated that the walls below were constructed around 500 BC:
This platform may have been used for rituals:
We had time to wander around just a bit before the ferry left to go back to Galway:
|Our driver is a member of the fire dept. This is an old structure that used to house the fire equipment|
|A close-up of the stone fences. As the people would clear off their land, they would build the fences by stacking the stones.|
We had an excellent day!
The bus ride back to Galway was...interesting. We had to sit on the top section of a double-decker bus. We felt like it was going to turn over at every curve.
We visited the Aran Sweater Market before we left and I bought the boys a sweater...with free shipping! While the wool is not from the island (the soil is not conducive for sheep farming), the sweaters are made on the island.
Another interesting fact: our driver said there is no crime on the island. He said there is a police presence due to the tourists, but no crimes are reported.
What we missed:
The Worm Hole. We probably should have asked our driver about it. This is a diving spot made popular by the RedBull Cliff Diving.
Standing Stones. This is another monastery ruin.
The Light House. Until I googled the island, I didn't even know there was one there.
Dun Eoghanacht. Another fort much like Dun Aengus but without the views (possibly).
The Puffing Holes.
I'm sure we just didn't have enough time. I guess next time we need to book a room on the island and spend the night!
We have 1 more day in Galway...but we didn't stay in the city. Stay tuned to see our next adventure!