We’ve been doing lots of driving around Ireland the last couple of weekends, and I’m not complaining!
This is Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands/Oileáin Árann:
Irish Gaelic is spoken all across the Aran Islands, making them part of on of the Gaeltacht regions. Traditionally, I believe, fishing has been the main activity for the islanders.
There are lots of old structures, such as this church:
They’ll try to catch you for Aran sweaters:
A great way to get around Inis Mór to hear them speaking Irish Gaelic is to rent a bike.
The island’s coastline is a mix between claddach (stony coastline), cliffs, and patches of sand:
Cycle up to Dún Aonghasa (“dún” means “fort”), the main prehistorical spot of Inis Mór. It dates back to 1000 B.C.. The stone fort is a semi-circle shape right against the island’s cliffs. You can walk along the edge (photo below) until you realize how far down the drop is:
On the island, there are of course lots of signs in Irish Gaelic (sorry about the small size):
Lesson: Don’t Bother Using Umbrellas
“Hey Mam, I’m at Dún Aonghasa, and it’s lashing rain!”
Quiz: What Does This Sign Mean?
Leave a reply below if you know what it means!