What is your most visited country!?
I’ve been lucky enough to visit Ireland six times in my life. I mean can you blame me? Those accents, the sheep, the scenery! Did I mention the accents already!? Every time I leave I swear a tear still falls from my cheek. This past summer I decided to travel to a city in Ireland that I’ve never been to before and I decided to bring my mother along to show her what all my fuss was about!
Well helllooooo, Galway!
I’ll eventually write about our time in Galway, but my favorite adventure during our stay in Galway was our day trip to Inis Mor.
Our journey to Inis Mor took us a little while to get there as you have to take a bus from the city center to the ferry dock. The ferry ride takes about 45 minutes to the island, but the views and beauty of the open water are worth it.
So why did we pick this particular island over the other two? Inis Mor (Inishmore) is the largest and most popular of the three Aran Islands. It also includes several ancient stone forts and churches among its antiquities. The best known is Dun Aonghasa (Dun Aengus).
Since we opted for the day trip, they recommend you rent bikes in order to see as much of the island as possible. Again, I’m not a big fan of bikes, but for Ireland I hopped on! Do not fear that the bikes will run out because they definitely never will.
Be careful not to swerve off of the country roads as you are swallowed up by the views that surround you. At the beginning of our trip we kept stopping to snap photos of the beautiful scenery. We soon realized that if we were going to make it back in time for the ferry back to town we had to do little more pedaling and a little less stopping. I personally wouldn’t have minded if we missed our ferry boat back.
So off we went to explore this beautiful island…
Passing by churches…
The beautiful sea…
And finally making it to Dun Aonghasa.
We ended our day at Inis Mor by having dinner at Bayview Restuarant. It’s name clearly gives it away! This cozy resturant is situated right by the bay. With beautiful views, delicous food (the chef is originally from Guatamela) and great company- this was the perfect way to end our day adventuring Inis Mor.
We unfortunately didn’t get to see all of the island, but I’m glad we didn’t rush! We made plenty of stops in order to take in the beautiful scenery. Next time I definitely want to take the ferry and stay the night in order to explore the other half of the island!
…until next time, Ireland ❤
Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions.