Well let me start by saying our stay in Ireland has been more than expected. Enjoying Doolin more than expected, we decide to stick around here for the day and head to the Aran Islands. Not disappointing. Found a few horses in the field on our way to the pier. Headed in to the town center of Doolin, with it little pink house and colourful shops.
So down to the pier we head. From to look of things, it might be a rough ride over to Inis Oirr. From the shore the swells look to be bout 8 feet, not so bad. Lets giver a go.
So what looks like 8 ft from the shore actually translates to about 15 to 18 ft. Lets just say it was a roller coaster ride across the sea
Inis Oirr is the smallest of the 3 Aran Islands, but I believe it is the most inhabited. This quaint little village is a moment in time gone by. It has cars and trucks, but horse and buggy is the way to travel.
Our trusty guide “Two Pony Tony” takes us around to the points of interest. The shipwreck, walled grazing patches, sunken churches and graveyards. The history is rich on the island.
After landing on the island and taking a tour the day brightened up. Sun came out and the seas calmed. Oh look over there, a PUB. Must be time for a pint or two.
Into Tigh Neo’s we go. Fáilte, the corner stone displays, and welcome it is into a classic little Irish pub. Locals dropping in for a pint on their way home from the work day. A pint of Guinness and a special for Carol, Smithwicks with a Guinness head.
Okay back to the S.S. Minnow (kidding) as we settle in for the ride back to the mainland. Much better on the return trip.
Back to our BnB to freshen up to head out for dinner. Headed out to the Riverside Bistro. Great steak and potato dinner and a great bottle of wine. Well lets wander over to McDerromtt’s for some music and a pint or two. Met up with a crowd of folks from the U.S. had a bunch of laughs and a great evening.