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    • Day4

      Ferry Boat Day

      August 30 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      There were 2 things I wanted to do while in Galway. See the Aran Islands and see the cliffs of Moher. (Ty is just happy to be along for the ride).

      The Aran Islands are 3 rocky isles guarding the mouth of Galway Bay, in western Ireland. They’re known for their ancient sites.

      The Cliffs of Moher are sea cliffs at the southwestern edge of Ireland. They run for about 14 kilometres (9 miles). At their southern end, they rise 120 metres (390 ft) above the Atlantic.

      Turns out there is a tour for that. I just needed to be okay with seeing the small island. We also had to be okay with being on a bus and touring for 10 hours. A 10 hour bus tour with 52 other people sucks but this tour was worth it.

      We dragged our jet lagged asses up early to meet our 52 new friends at 8:45am and zoomed along the coastline on Wild Atlantic Way road. Okay more stopping and starting and slowing down and speedy up on the windy narrow roads then zooming. But Patrick got us to the ferry with lots of time to spare.

      After a 15 minute ride we ended up at Inisheer (Inis Oírr). Since we only had 2 hours to tour the island we needed to choose one of three options, take a horse and buggy, take a tractor and wagon or bike. I thought of biking until Pat said it was hilly, so we turned to a horse and buggy.

      Rosie was a fine steed that pulled 8 of us so we could see the sights around her island. Which contained a shipwreck and a castle. After viewing the sites we shared fish and chips by the ocean in the hot sun.

      The weather here is fantastic. I brought jeans and a sweater to wear as I assumed it would be cold be the water. Nope. Thank you global warming and for giving Ireland a hot summer.
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      10 hours is a crazy long tour but it looks like you got to see a lot of beautiful scenery! I imagine the fish and chips there are amazeballs


      So good. It was probably caught that day.

    • Day140

      Day 140: Aran Islands

      July 5, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Much busier day today! We'd booked a day trip to Inisherr, a small island just off the coast. So we grabbed our breakfast and headed off, thankfully only a short drive to the pier in Doolin.

      Inisherr is the closest of the Aran Islands, a low-lying and sparsely populated group of islands just off the coast. I'm not entirely sure how they were formed since they definitely aren't volcanic in origin! The ferry across took about 40 minutes and we passed the time by watching the island slowly come into view.

      Docked at the pier and hopped off around 11:30am, with the entire island to explore ahead of our 4:45pm return ferry. Decided that we'd make an early lunch our first stop, since there were a couple more ferries coming in behind us and the island's population was probably about to treble. There aren't many food options either, so we sat at a random pub/cafe place and had some quiches which were quite good.

      Sated, we headed off walking across the island. It's fairly small, probably only a couple of kilometres in diameter, and best of all there are no cars on the island (minus a couple of cars belonging to the ~200 locals). So you could walk pretty freely along any path or road without worrying about ongoing traffic which was quite nice!

      We started heading towards a seal colony on the western coast that was marked on our map, but we went about 20 minutes down the wrong road! They all kind of branch out from the main town, and don't loop around or anything which was a bit annoying. Eventually we found our way back, but there was no real sign of the seal colony or the seals themselves. Oh well.

      Wandered back around through the main town which was now very busy with loads of school kids hovering around. Turns out it's school holidays and this is where they go for summer camp to learn Gaelic. It certainly explained why kids approaching us to pat Schnitzel would ask first in Gaelic, which we both initially thought was odd!

      Kept walking around and eventually headed up to the 16th century fort tower, and the 19th century signal tower which were both fairly interesting. Also had a brief look at the church, some holy wells and a few other various points of interest. The only thing we didn't actually bother with was probably the most famous: a shipwreck on the far southern point of the island, known for its starring role in the opening credits of Father Ted. Go figure!

      By around 3pm we were pretty tired so we bought a snack and headed to the pub, where we had a pint and watched life pass by. It's fairly peaceful once the schoolkids are back in their classrooms, but it's far too remote to entertain ideas of living out here.

      Headed back to the dock in time for departure, though we only just made it as the boat left 15 minutes early! There were other boats coming, apparently. We'd bought a "combo" ticket, so the boat made a detour past the Cliffs of Moher - nice to see them again from down below. Apparently they're 200 metres tall, which is double the height of the enormous Forth Bridge in Edinburgh (that was 100m exactly which is why it sticks in my mind), but I guess on a boat underneath enormous cliffs you don't have any sense of scale or perspective.

      The light wasn't too great as it was overcast like usual, so my photos look fairly poor. But it was definitely good to see them from the water as well, particularly since they're right next to the pier in Doolin.

      Back to the car where we stopped at a restaurant for dinner on the drive back to our house. We both ended up having burgers which were quite tasty!
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      Memorial for those lost at sea


      Most of the town


      Fields randomly split up with stone walls

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    • Day3

      Retour sur la terre ferme

      June 1, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

      Nous prenons le bateau de retour, mais la mer est beaucoup plus agitée. Laure a tenu le coup jusqu'au bout. les vagues s'écrasent sur les falaises et le bateau accoste difficilement au port de Doolin. Et nous sommes bien arrivés, en vie et en un seul morceau. Sans aucun vomi. Contrairement aux autres passagers.Read more



    • Day4

      Zehn Gründe, Irland nochmal zu besuchen.

      September 8, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      ・ Die Landschaft ist wunderschön und so vielseitig.
      ・ Alle Straßenschilder sind höflich formuliert ("please" etc.).
      ・ Ich bin während meines kompletten Aufenthalts nicht einmal angerempelt worden.
      ・ Iren sind furchtbar freundlich. Jeder, der auch nur für den Bruchteil einer Sekunde meinen Weg blockiert hat, hat sich überschwänglich entschuldigt.
      ・ Die Geschichte Irlands ist sehr interessant!
      ・ Irisch ist eine wundervolle, melodische Sprache und alles hier ist bilingual - zuerst Irisch, dann Englisch.
      ・ Das Land und die Städte sind recht überschaubar, weil klein. Ich mag das sehr!
      ・ chips with salt and vinegar & battered mushrooms.
      ・ Der typische irische Mittzwanziger: groß, gut gekleidet, freundlich, gepflegter Bart & rote Haare...😍
      ・ Schafe, Regenbögen und Kleeblätter! 🐑🌈🍀
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    • Day16

      Proper Pints

      June 8, 2021 in Ireland ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      Three days of summer was all we got as we woke up to a showery cloudy morning.
      We headed off to Inishmaan at 11.15 and by the time we got there the showers had stopped.
      As it was such a short distance both boats left the main alone and sailed with just the genny especially as there was a good wind.

      Just over an hour later after a nice quick sail we were entering the small harbour of Caladh Mór.
      I entered first, the small harbour of Caladh Mór. If this is big, I'd hate to see Caladh Beag. For those who don't know Irish, the translation is basically large or big landing place. Beag means small.

      There was a bit of a swell so I had to borrow a fender board from Jim as the fenders were complaining about the concrete pier.
      ‘Second Chance’ rafted up to us and after lunch we went ashore to have a look around with the sun having made a reappearance and it got very warm.

      It was a steep climb towards the centre of the island where most of the houses are and nearby on the summit we found another fort, smaller than Dún Aengus but this time a complete oval shape called, Dún Conor
      The small church nearby has an altar made by Padraig Pearce’s father and windows by Harry Clarke. Not things you expect to find on a small isolated island.

      Brian and Jim followed the signs for John Millington Synge's chair where he sat while writing 'The Playboy of the Western World' etc. Angela and I waited for their return on another chair while admiring the view towards Inishmore and the mainland.

      Eventually they arrived back and we went in search of the island’s only pub, sat outside and had lovely pints, this time in proper glasses. Angela stuck to a
      G & T.

      We had lasagne for dinner and later tried to watch tv but the signal kept breaking down. Ireland playing away held Hungary to scoreless draw so maybe I didn't miss much. I listened to Johnny Creedon on the radio instead.

      Brian had an early night while i stayed up reading before eventually retiring to my cabin with the gently constant swell rocking me to sleep.
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