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As a New Yorker, I am petrified of bicycles. I’m more likely to die from bike accident (even as a pedestrian) than I am from a car accident, contagious disease, or terrorist attack. Bikers in NYC are ruthless whether they’re a hobbyist out for the thrill of speed or trying to make a food delivery in record time. It’s nearly impossible to ride a bike without encountering any cars, so I just don’t do it. If I had my own bike, I’d still have to cross several streets to reach a proper biking path which will then intersect with busy highways from time to time. Unfortunately, biking is great exercise and a pastime enjoyed by many people I know. Sometimes I feel like I’m missing out. And now, I haven’t been on a bike for years, so I’m sure I’d make a fool of myself. But part of traveling is about pushing your boundaries, trying new things, and overcoming fears. So when I read about the Aran Islands, three islands with very few cars, best seen by bike, I decided to give it a go. I’d be solo traveling, so there was no one around to poke fun when I would inevitably fall, but someone to come my rescue if I sustained an injury. I psyched myself up for this idyllic experience. And then Ireland did what it does best. Rain, rain, rain. I definitely wasn’t going to bike in the rain. My bike ride would have to wait.
You can reach the ferry to the Aran Islands by a short bus ride departing from Galway’s city center. Once you arrive on the island, there are tourist vans to shuttle you around the island, or you can explore some regions by foot. Being short on time, I planned to only visit Inis Mor, the largest of the three islands, and signed up for a bus tour to take me to the highlights on the island.
Must See Stops on Inis Mor, Aran Islands
There are several wonderful places to see in the Aran Islands. I missed a few, so don’t hesitate to spend more than a day there.
Dun Aonghasa. a fort built in the Bronze Age.
While there are accommodations for all budgets on the island, restaurants and pubs, I stuck to sight seeing and a little shopping. You might want to pick up an Aran sweater while visiting because they’re beautiful….and it’s very COLD!!!!
Due to the weather, the ferry ride back to the mainland was extremely choppy. It was not for the faint of heart or those who get seasick. It was by far my worst boat ride ever with the bow rising up with the waves and slamming back down to the sea every few seconds.
If you make it to the Aran Islands, hope you get a little bit nicer weather than I experienced. But don’t let the weather deter you. As you can see it is a beautiful place to visit, rain or shine. And after all, what is a trip to Ireland without a lot of rain!?!