We explore Inishmore

You can read all about our first day in Galway here and here. So, our second day in Galway started off bright and early. Our hostel gave us breakfast, and then we were loaded back onto the bus and taken to the docks.

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We hopped on a big old ferry boat to take us over to the Aran Island, Inishmore. Inishmore was such a different place from any other I had seen in Ireland. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. We got onto the ferry, and I sat white-knuckling it for about 45 minutes. If you’ve been following along for a while, you know I have a pretty deep-seated fear of boats. The ferry ride was definitely a traumatic one as it was kinda stormy.

But, we landed safely at Inishmore. Now, on the island you can explore in three different way: you can walk, rent a bike, or rent a horse drawn cart. We went with the horse!

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The horse’s name was Johnny Cash. We were buddies!

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So, we all hopped aboard his little cart, and started off exploring the island!

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I loved Inishmore. It was so different. Here the people speak very basic English, and speak a dialect all their own. It has a really tiny population, and basically everyone goes horseback. I loved it there! It was rustic and how I pictured old Ireland. I had such fun exploring!

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One of the women we were sharing our cart with saw this abandoned church on the hilltop, and asked if we could explore it. Our driver let us hop out and climb up to it. The church used to be called Na Seacht dTeampail, or the Seven Churches in English.

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We came down off the hilltop, and hopped back into the cart. Our next stop would be the look-out to see Inishmore’s own seal colony!

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Sadly, when we got to the seal look-out there were no seals to be seen. We stayed for a while, hoping some might surface, but none ever did.

So, we hopped back into the cart and set off for Dún Aonghasa, or The Black Fort in English.

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This is the town they used to film the “Man of Aran” movie!

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It rained on an doff throughout the day. Luckily, our horse cart had screens you could pull down on wither side to stop the rain from getting in and soaking you. We stopped for lunch before heading up the path to Dún Aonghasa. img_2968

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The landscape up there was soooo different form anything else on the island. It felt like stepping into another world! I loved this part of the day. The hike was a little rough, but the views at the top were totally worth it!

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That’s the fort back there in the background. It was very cool to look at!

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The fort is located on top of a 300 foot cliff! It was a little nerve-wracking looking off the edge!

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So, being me, I decided to lay down and look off the edge. We were expressly told not to fall off, so with that in mind, I slowly scooched to the edge.

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It was a little scary! Clearly, from the look on my face!

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We finally decided to venture into the fort itself. There really isn’t anything much left on the inside. It was still cool to be up on the cliff and think of the people who used to be there and use the fort.

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And, since I’m me, I decided to go over the edge here too…

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Since it was starting to get ominous and cloudy again, we decided to vacate the fort and head back down to our cart and driver.

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We made it down just as the rain was starting to get really bad. We got pretty wet, but not as bad as some of our classmates who walked the island!

We got back into the cart, and he took us back to the dock.

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Inishmore has some of the last Man of Aran houses with the thatched roofs!

When we got back to the docks, we noticed the Aran Sweater Market, and just had to pop in to loom. Which means we all walked away with new Aran Island Sweaters! They are delightful! They’re so warm. I ended up buying all my family souvenirs from the Sweater Market.

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We got back onto the ferry, and had a much worse crossing this time as it was actually storming. Yea, it wasn’t fun for me.

Anyway, we made it back safely, and had the night to ourselves. We ended up exploring Galway a little, before settling down for dinner.

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We settled on a really weird half sports bar/half night club place, called McGettigan’s,  for dinner, but the food was really good!

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Our table was under a screen filled with trees to make it feel like we were in a forest. There was all types of uncut wooden logs around the table too. In another area, it was set up like an old-fashioned library. It was kind of a bizarre place decor-wise, but the food was great!

 

 

 

 

After dinner, we headed back to the hostel and went to bed. We were headed to the Cliffs of Moher the next morning! Stay tuned!

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