The Charms and Challenges of Aran Island

November 21, 2017

The view of Kilronan Village, Aran Island, from the ferry.

Visiting Aran Island on the last day of two weeks in Ireland proved a brilliant idea.

Aran Island is exposed to the wind off the Atlantic Ocean and a stunning view of mainland Galway in the opposite direction.

An old Aran Island cottage with tiled roofing

The new thatching on this house will last 25-30 years and cost big money.

Horse and pony trap waiting for customers

Visitors walking up the limestone trail to the Dun Aonghasa Fort overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Gort Na Gcapall – the vertical 87 m/300 feet high cliffs and huge white tipped waves rolling in from the Atlantic Ocean

Approaching the pre-historic Dun Aonghasa Fort, the site first used in 1,100 BC. “Dun” means a fort for a king or chieften. Aonghasa/Aengus was a pre-Christian god.

The entrance to the fort.

The D-shaped curve of the outermost walls enclose 5.7 hectares/14 acres of land.

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the chiefs of Aran Island controlled the western sea passages – supposedly keeping the seas free from pirates on behalf of the merchants in Galway in exchange for protection money. They also did some pirating themselves.

Four concentric walls of dry stone construction are 6 feet/18.29 m high at some points and 4 m/13.12 ft wide.

The tourist village shopping centre on Aran Island.

The Celtic Cross in Kilronan Village, Aran Island.

Irish Aer Lingus at the Dublin International Airport, 22 July 2017

Farewell, Ireland. Visiting you was the highlight of my year!