So today went on a day trip from Galway to the Aran Islands (really we just visited the largest of the three, Inishmore).
After we got there, we had the option of renting bikes or hiring a tour van or taking a horse and carriage around the island. I opted for the bike, which may have been a poor life choice, since prior to the short bike tour the other day, I hadn’t really ridden a bike in about 15 years.
The weather was authentically Irish, but the island was still beautiful. The ocean was a gorgeous blue-green/gray mix that was just spectacular. We were also able to see some seals in the water just offshore.All along the road we were on were small pastures fenced by stone walls, some with cows or horses, providing a picturesque landscape.
After lunch we took off to the other end of the island and biked out to see some castle ruins and a very old cemetery with a small church built in the 8th century.
We finally made our way back to the village and decided to check out some of the shops, which showcased another item the island is famous for – wool knit sweaters.