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Inishmore  ~  Aran Islands
The island of Inis Mór (meaning the big island) is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. Well known internationally, it is steeped in history and resembles an outdoor museum with over 50 different monuments of Christian, pre Christian and Celtic mythological heritage. There isn't far you can go before being somewhere where there's something of historical interest. Dun Aengus on Inishmore Aran Islands County Galway Ireland
An outdoor Museum
The islands featured monument is the world heritage site of Dun Aonghasa Fort which stands over a dramatic 300 foot cliff that spans the entire western part of the island and faces the moods of Atlantic sea. Others include the Black Fort set over cliffs, the seven Churches, St Benin's Church perched isolated on a hill at the southern tip of the island, Temphaill Chieran, and the old Light House at the islands highest point. Other places of a geological nature include the worm hole which is a large natural square hole in the ground beside the sea, and the puffing holes where inland holes in the ground, fountain water on a turbulent day.

A Unique Landscape
The islands inland landscape of uniquely blanketed rock surface are glazed with man made rock walls that meander and cross all directions as far as one can see. Such does this environment draw you in and inspire the creative spirit, it is little wonder that the island has played host to many internationally renowned artists and writers including the setting for the Film Man of Aran which immotalised the Aran Islands culture.

A Rich Culture
Today the Island features the Aran Jumper and celtic Arts and crafts such Basket Weaving and Dancing. Such is the culture of the islands 850 residents, many people akin the daily rituals as going back in time where you can still find the horse and trap and hear the gaelic language spoken as the first language and its consequent tradition.

Beaches & Activities
The eastern side of the island with clear views of Connemara's 12 bens mountain range is a splattering of some of Europe's cleanest white sandy beaches fronting onto clear turquoise water and is host to a variety of water activities. The fishing port of Kilronan harbour is dotted with yachts in summer and is a hive of activity particularly in summer when in Kilronan village there are numerous festivals and places to eat and drink. The favoured activities for holiday makers on the island are walking, fishing, cycling, swimming, sight seeing and just relaxing in the magnetic, majestic, magical energy of the island itself.

Other Aran Islands      Inishmaan   ~  Inisheer

Map of Aran Islands Galway Ireland


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