the three aran islands, inis mor island (big island), inis meain island (middle island) and inis oirr island (east island) are situated in a north westerly, south easterly direction at the mouth of galway bay, ireland. they are famous for their geological formation, historical monuments and their linguistic and cultural heritage. the irish(gaelic) language is still spoken here and in the twenty first century all native born islanders are bilingual in both irish and english. information via.
the day was so much fun. it was a lot colder than i was expecting, and lucy, kaite, nina and i knew we wouldn’t be able to handle riding bikes around the island. so we took a bus tour. the tour turned out to be amazing and we got to see so much more than we would’ve been able to on bikes. our bus driver’s name was pat and he gave us a plethora of information about the island as well. he grew up there, knows nearly every person on the island (the big island has a population of 800 people) and we even got to drive by his parents’ house and wave. please take a look at the left of this photo. see that lil house? it’s a house for the leprechauns. according to tour guide pat, leprechauns come out at midnight after you’ve had 9 pints. there are lil houses spread all over the island and while a few people i was with rolled their eyes, i absolutely adore them. the photo doesn’t do this house justice, but out of all the homes on the island, this is the only round house. according to tour guide pat, the woman built it this way because they devil would never be able to catch her— she’d always be running around the house.
the views of the island were breathtaking and i took nearly 300 photos. rather than post photo after photo, i decided to make a little video for you all.
now i do want to apologize for the lack of posts lately. we’ve had a major birthday week. katie’s birthday was on monday and lauren’s birthday is today! so clearly, we had to go out sunday night, monday night, last night, and tonight leaving very little time for blogging. but that’ll change soon i promise.
if you’re lucky enough to visit the aran islands, you’re lucky enough