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First Weekend of Sightseeing: The Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher

A group of my IFSA friends and I decided to spend last Sunday on a full day of sightseeing. A tour bus from the Galway Tour Company spent almost 12 hours driving us to the Aran Islands and then the Cliffs of Moher, giving us a break in a cute pub in a fisherman’s town called Doolin.

 

Our first stop was the dock where we took a 40 minute boat ride to the smallest Aran Island called Inisheer. The Aran Islands are a group of islands off the west coast of Ireland and collectively have around 1,300 inhabitants. They can only be accessed by ferry, and therefore have kept much of their original charm without as much globalization from the rest of the world (or so our tour guide said). Below you can see some photos from Inisheer, including along the shoreline and from the top of a cliff where O’Brien’s fort sits, and the beautiful view over the cliff. Unfortunately, I have to wait until I get home to put together my panoramas, so if I remember I will add those to this gallery in January!

 

 

After  this we took the ferry to the bottom of the Cliffs of Moher, known to be the most visited tourist attraction in Ireland, and rightly so! Many movie scenes have been filmed here, including one in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (you’ll know which one after seeing the photos below). It is hard to describe how awe inspiring this view was, and the photos don’t begin to capture it, but hopefully they convince you to take a trip here yourself! After sailing around the bottom of the cliffs, we had our lunch in Doolin and then drove to the top of the cliffs. Once again, I was incredulous at the views. My fellow IFSA friends and I walked the edge of the cliff for about a half hour before we begrudgingly realized we had to turn back in order to catch our bus, but I promised myself I’d be back here soon!

 

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