A quick overnight in Galway, then off to the Aran Islands by ferry.
Waiting on the ferry in Rossaveel to go to the Aran Islands
The Aran Islands are known as The Oileain Arainnn Islands. There were a lot of Bronze Age and Iron Age artifacts found, so it is suggested that these islands have been inhabited for around 3000 years. Why people were attracted to this area is unknown as fresh water and farmable land were and still are scarce.
The folks speak gaelic Irish. While I was in a woolen store, I noticed that the owner and some other island inhabitants were all speaking Irish. In fact, the Aran Islands are known for their woolens.
You can see both sides of the island from Dun Aengus.
The land is parceled into small, human made fields by stone walls.
We came into the Aran Islands via Inishmore which is the largest island.
Here comes the Gums and their tandem.
We stayed at the Kilmurvey House, which is a 200 year old stone farmhouse. It is about 4 miles from where the ferry arrives, so we just bicycled to the lodge as their blue van took our luggage.
One great advantage of staying at the Kilmurvey House was it's proximity to Dun Aengus. It is one of the finest prehistoric monuments in Europe, dating from about 2000 BC. It is a large fort set right on the cliff overlooking sheer drops. It had 3 concentric circles. There is a trail next to the hotel to Dun Aengus which we hiked to get up to the fort. I had only brought sandals so I just took it slow up the trail. It was an amazing archeological sight.