on the way to Doolin to catch the ferry to the islands
view of the Aran Islands from Doolin
the mainland from Inishmore - the small monument in the foreground was erected in memory of someone lost at sea.
the path to Dun Aonghasa, a well preserved stone fort on the edge of a perpendicular cliff rising 100 metres out of the ocean.
Situated in the west of Inis Mór (Inishmore) at the village of Eoghanacht the seven churches or Dísert Bhreacáin as it is also known was for centuries one of the biggest monastic foundations and centres of pilgrimage along the west coast of Ireland
the remains of O'Brien's Castle on Inisheer
ruins of a stone fort on Inishmaan
our lunch and beer stop
Although termed ‘ the seven churches’ there are in fact only two churches with a number of domestic buildings. The title seven is possibly an allusion to the pilgrimage circuit of Rome which incorporated seven churches.
gravesites dating to the Romans
Inisheer (Inis Oirr) - the smallest of the three Aran Islands
Inishmaan (Inis Meain) on the left, Inishmore (Inis Mor) on the right and the North Atlantic beyond the two
approaching Inishmore (Inis Mor), our destination for the day.
Teampall Bhreacáin (St Brecan’s Church) is a large multi period church c. 8th-13th century.
our ride, The Happy Hooker
Note definition of hooker -
n. A fishing boat with one mast, used on the coast of Ireland.
n. A sailor's contemptuous term for any antiquated craft.
the lighthouse on Inisheer - first built in 1857 and automated in 1913.
approaching Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands
the old and the new
the ferries returning from an earlier trip to the islands
surfer near Doolin - seems too cold and rocky to me
the Cliffs of Moher from the Hooker
The Plassey, a freighter that was wrecked on the rocks and washed ashore in 1960
Dun Aonghasa - its superb position and its structural perfection, have prompted may experts to pronounce it one of the finest prehistoric monuments in Europe
approaching Na Seacht dTeampaill (the Seven Churches)