Inishmaan, the middle of the chain of Aran Islands, is like no other place. It has been long sheltered from tourism and has only recently been welcoming visitors to it’s Irish speaking shores. As with the other two islands, Inishmaan is a limestone paradise, teeming with wildlife and flowers. It is also home to a large amount of important archaeological sites as there is evidence of inhabitants on the island dating from 2500 BC.
Dún Chonchúir (Conor’s Fort) is the largest of two stone forts on Inishamaan. It’s an ancient oval stone fort, dating to pre-Christian times while Dún Fearbhaí is the smaller of the two and dates from the 4th century AD and is unusual in being almost rectangular. It is thought that these forts, along with others on the Aran Islands were constructed by chieftains from wealthy communities. They served as not only to defend settlements and offer refuge in times of danger but also as a status symbol, a demonstration of rank. These forts also serve in a more romanticised myth surround the Fir Bolg people, who were fleeing west after being overthrown by a rapacious conqueror. Either way, these ancient sites offer amazing insight into a long, storied history.
Inishmaan also served as a home to famous play write, John Millington Synge, who stayed on the island every summer from 1898 to 1902. It was his publication, The Aran Islands in 1907 which offered the outside world a glimpse into the traditions and beauty of Inishmaan. Synge’s Chair or Cathaoir Synge which was the writer’s favourite place on the island, overlooks Inishmor and the Atlantic, offering spectacular views and inspiration for those who have come after Synge.
Our guided cycling tour takes in these spectacular sites and much more. This tour offers an escape from the fast-paced modern world and brings you back to a more easier way of life.
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