|The Aran Island Ferry|
|Kilronan, Inis Mór, Aran Islands|
|Getting a ride to our B&B with Thomas & Johnny, Inis Mor|
We'd rung through to Geraldine & Thomas Faherty at the Seacrest B&B on Inis Mór last night to let them know we were coming to stay. Thomas runs a Pony & Trap business while Geraldine looks after the B&B side of things. As we wanted to see the island on this traditional means of transport, we thought a combination of B&B & Pony & Trap would be very convenient.
|Johnny & Thomas|
|Inis Mór farm land, Aran Islands|
|Old Cottages, Inis Mor|
|Grazing Cattle, Inis Mór|
Inis Mór is one of the last strong- holds for the Irish language and each year hundreds of students travel to the Irish schools on the Island to help improve their Gaeilge. During the Cromwellian occupation in the 17th - 19th Century, Gaelic was forbidden and English was the official language. [The English repeated this obliteration of native tongues in my country of birth also, with the NZ Maori also being forced to speak English at school, despite it being their first language]. Even with the threat of persecution, Aran Islanders continued to speak Irish in private [as did the NZ Maori] and the language survived [as did Te Reo Maori].
Very few signs are in English, so it's best to know the Irish name of your destination! However, there are only two main roads across the island, with the 9 mile scenic route being the longest & both lead out of the harbour settlement of Kilronan or Cill Rónáin as it appears on the signs.
|An alternative means of transport around Inis Mór|
|First stop on the 1.5km climb to the top!|
|The entrance to Dun Aengus Fort, Inis Mor|
|Dun Aonghasa Cliffs|
|The Cliffs of Dun Aonghasa, Inis Mór|
|The lone sentinel, Dun Aengus Fort, Inis Mor|
|Close to the Edge, Dun Aengus Cliffs, Inis Mor|
|Dun Aonghasa Fort, Inis Mór|
|The edge of Cliffs, Dun Aengus, Inis Mor|
|Dun Aengus Shops, Inis Mor|
After walking off the calories from our Irish breakfast which Geraldine had scrumptiously cooked for us, we had promptly stacked them all back on with apple pie! Getting back up into Thomas's jaunting car wasn't any easier second time round but it did provide us with more uncontrollable giggles.
|This way to Teampall Mac Duach, Inis Mor, Aran Islands|
|Na Seacht dTeampaill [The Seven Churches], Inis Mór|
|Seven Churches Cemetery, Inis Mor|
|Historic site, Na Seacht d'Teampall (Seven Churches), Inis Mor|
|A Currach - the traditional fishing boat of the islanders, Inis Mor, Aran Islands|
|The Cottage used built for the movie 'The Man of Aran', Kilmurvey, Inis Mor|
|Johnny's girlfriends, Inis Mór|
|Near Joe Watty's Bar, Inis Mor|
|Ti Joe Watty's Pub. Inis Mór|