(Photo courtesy of Brian Shea)
Inis Mór is the largest of the 3 Aran Islands and literally means big island. The 3 Aran islands consist of Inis Mór, Inis Meáin (middle island) and Inis Oirr (eastern island). Its population is 800 but during the summer season, the numbers jump to about 2,000. You need to take the Ferry from Rosaveel (Ferry port is off the R336 in Rosaveel, approximately 45 minute drive from Galway City), and cost is 25 Euro round trip (approximately $32.00). The Ferry ride is approximately an hour and they usually depart Rosaveel at 10:30AM and return at 5:00. This gives you a good 5 hours or so to explore the island. I recommend contacting Dara Molloy, Celtic Priest, who can give you a guided tour of some of the sites. Check out his website on the links page.
The island is very rocky, an extension of the Burren Region off County Clare. The scenery is beautiful and it’s as if you’re taking a step back in time when you visit. Life seems much simpler here, cut off from the mainland by the Atlantic.
This is an iron-age fort that was built between 900 and 500 BCE. The views are spectacular and for the brave, it’s fun to lie on your stomach and look down off the edge of the 300 foot cliff. Next stop is North America. It’s believed that the ancient tribe, the Fir Bolgs, built Dún Aonghusa and other stone forts on the Aran Islands. Evidence shows that there was activity on this site well into the early Christian era.