Off the coast of Ireland, just west of Galway in the North Atlantic, you’ll find the Aran Islands. These islands are home to just over a thousand people, and can be reached by boat or small plane.
I took the boat from Rossaveal, an hour west of Galway, to Inishmore, the largest of the three islands. The ride over took about 50 minutes, and was the roughest boat trip I’ve ever experienced!
Renting a bike is the most popular way to see the island; there are three or four bike shops right near the ferry dock, all offering a similar style of bike at the same price. Despite the rainy day, most of the visitors headed straight for the bikes! There are also minibus tours if cycling isn’t your thing.
I remember thinking over and over, “can you imagine if this was where you lived.” I don’t think I could spend too long in such a remote location, but it was an amazing place to visit. If you’re ever near Galway city, take a day trip to these beautiful islands!