Ireland – the Islands

Aran Islands
Aran Islands

Our travels took us to several islands that also offered a different perspective of Ireland. Not having had the leisure to visit them during our 1994 trip, we marveled at the different geographies of these rocky outposts in the ocean.

Heading to the fort, Aran Islands
Heading to the fort, Aran Islands

Beginning with Achill Island, which we accessed by way of the Western Greenway  (another amazing cycleway) and a bridge, ferrying out to Clare Island, Inishbofin, Inishmoir returning to the mainland through Doolin.

From ferry to dinghy to Doolin -
From ferry to dinghy to Doolin –

While all of the islands were distinctive in their geography, their people shared an obvious pride in their self-sufficiency. Having only visited the islands as a tourist during the “sunny season,” I am left to wonder what the winters are like.

Off road Aran Islands
Off road Aran Islands
Finding the trail again! Aran Islands
Finding the trail again! Aran Islands

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