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Thar barr (literally: over the top)

Just as the smallest of the three is recommended strongly for the lovely and sandy beach, when families with small children are involved. The biggest one has the fame for the many activities which are organized here. Beside there is an impressive nature. Lovely for the ones who like to wander and explore. And so is the middle one…in the least not as big as but still it has enough space and opportunity for all kinds of walks. If you feel like climbing at your ease for example and not being bothered by having to focus where exactly to put your feet, you could take the stroll towards Dún   Fearbhaigh, at the eastern side, and go further beyond, up to the highest point. From there you have a lovely view on Inis Meáin

On the way of going up and later down, over the top of this highest terrace, there are a couple of old cottages to be admired. They probably have been used  as dwellings for the people formerly but nowadays they are mostly in use as repository for keeping hay for the cattle. One, or even two of the walls of some of the dwellings are part of the neighbouring stone walls as well!

stone walls aran islands

Integrated with the stone walls

aran cottage and walls

Integrated with the stone walls

Although it is quite a long distance to bridge before you are able to see the Atlantic again, it is worth to go down. As soon as you are down near the sea, you know why you came…you feel completely in another world again. While sitting on the improvised bench out of large stones you can watch the waves. Coming in with a huge force, they bend over and intertwine for a brief moment with the ones coming out before they swop.

waves on aran islands

Enjoying the movement of the waves

picture of waves on aran

Enjoying the movement of the waves

Depending on the time you are able to spend you can turn to the right now, towards the windmills and even beyond or you turn to the left and walk on the limbs of the cliffs, heading for the lovely kept cottage with the ceann taí (thatched roof).

photo of thatched cottage on the aran islands

Lovely kept cottage

aran cottage and stone walls

Even 2 walls are integrated with the stone walls

From there you meander down again to Baile Muir.

Baile Muir Inis Meáin

View on Baile Muir

Slán go fóill,

Elisabeth from Inis Meáin.

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Thar barr (literally: over the top)

Just as the smallest of the three is recommended strongly for the lovely and sandy beach, when families with small children are involved. The biggest one has the fame for the many activities which are organized here. Beside there is an impressive nature. Lovely for the ones who like to wander and explore. And so is the middle one…in the least not as big as but still it has enough space and opportunity for all kinds of walks. If you feel like climbing at your ease for example and not being bothered by having to focus where exactly to put your feet, you could take the stroll towards Dún   Fearbhaigh, at the eastern side, and go further beyond, up to the highest point. From there you have a lovely view on Inis Meáin

On the way of going up and later down, over the top of this highest terrace, there are a couple of old cottages to be admired. They probably have been used  as dwellings for the people formerly but nowadays they are mostly in use as repository for keeping hay for the cattle. One, or even two of the walls of some of the dwellings are part of the neighbouring stone walls as well!

stone walls aran islands

Integrated with the stone walls

aran cottage and walls

Integrated with the stone walls

Although it is quite a long distance to bridge before you are able to see the Atlantic again, it is worth to go down. As soon as you are down near the sea, you know why you came…you feel completely in another world again. While sitting on the improvised bench out of large stones you can watch the waves. Coming in with a huge force, they bend over and intertwine for a brief moment with the ones coming out before they swop.

waves on aran islands

Enjoying the movement of the waves

picture of waves on aran

Enjoying the movement of the waves

Depending on the time you are able to spend you can turn to the right now, towards the windmills and even beyond or you turn to the left and walk on the limbs of the cliffs, heading for the lovely kept cottage with the ceann taí (thatched roof).

photo of thatched cottage on the aran islands

Lovely kept cottage

aran cottage and stone walls

Even 2 walls are integrated with the stone walls

From there you meander down again to Baile Muir.

Baile Muir Inis Meáin

View on Baile Muir

Slán go fóill,

Elisabeth from Inis Meáin.

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Overview

Quite a while ago already there was this wish starting to cherish at the back of my mind. Time passed and with this passing the longing for its fulfillment was growing and growing  as well. It dominated even my thinking, not only by day when my ear caught that special but unmistakeable sound but even at night I had my dreams about it…

Although it did not look like in the morning, just around noon, after a few days of absence, I heard that very familiar sound again. I was startled. Would my long cherished wish really become materialized soon? It was less than an hour later that the six of us were the ones partly responsible for that very familiar sound, we miss so much on Inis Meáin, when it is not there…

After having gone through all the needed formalities we all were asked to occupy our assigned seats. Then the moment of taking off arrived.

Despite of the high speed it seemed, as soon as we were in the air, as if we were just hanging there like  a bird of prey, searching eagerly for known places.

aran ferry at inis oírr pier

Inis Óirr pier and ferry

On our way towards the Burren we saw the ferry waiting for the next sailing at the pier of Inis Óirr. Then we viewed the greenness, more onshore, and the barren rocks of the Burren.

The Burren from the air

The Burren

The view from above was grand. Especially when we went slanting from the north towards the Cliffs of Moher.

The Cliffs of Moher Aerial photo

Towards the Cliffs of Moher

And back along the coastal line of the Cliffs.

aran islands

The Islands of Brannock and Rock

When we were heading for the most westerly point of Inis Mór with the little islands of Brannocks and Rock, we had a lovely view on the location of  the three Islands of Aran.

Dún Aonghasa aerial photo

Dún Aongusa

Black Fort Aran Islands

Dún Dubh

Back again along the cliffs with lovely views on Dún Aongusa and Dún Dubh, further to the east.

Fort on Inis Meáin Aran Islands

Dún Fearbhaigh

On our way back to Inis Meáin there was a lovely view on the rectangular fort Dún Fearbhaigh in Baile Mhuir. All these lovely experiences we had in forty five minutes.

The scenery was already there for centuries, but Aer Árann Islands provided the view from above!

Slán go fóill,

Elisabeth from Inis Meáin

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