Inishmor, the largest of the chain of Aran Islands, is unique in the sense that there is no other place in Ireland where you find such a wealth of archeological and cultural sites of significance in the history of Ireland as a whole. The reasons to explore Inishmor go much further beyond the ancient sites, it’s also the people, their culture and traditions of song, dance, folklore and craftsmanship. And it’s the escape to somewhere completely different, filled with natural beauty and a timeless spirit.
On Inishmor, we will have the chance to really take in some spectacular sites, including the well known ring fort, Dún Aonghasa, which stands on the cliff edge some 300 feet above the sea. Thought to be built in 1100 BC, this fort is the oldest of the stone forts that dot the three Aran Islands. The Island is also home to Poll Na Bpéist or the Serpent’s Lair, a rectangular shaped pool below the cliffs which is connected to the sea by an underwater channel. This pool was most recently used in the Red Bull Cliff Diving championships, with competitors diving 27 metres into the Atlantic, surrounded by the limestone pavement and impressive rock formations.
Throughout the whole of Inishmor, a mere 31 km², there are a vast array of ancient ecclesiastical sites which signifies Inishmor’s importance as a centre of religious ritual and learning in the early Christian times. These sites range from the 11th century with Na Seacht d’Tempaill (The Seven Churches) to the 10th century Teampall Bheanáin (The Church of Saint Beanán) as well as Teaghlach Éinne (The Church of Saint Enda) constructed in the 5th century. It is thought that early Christianity was established on Inishmor by Enda which lead to the island becoming a place of great importance to pilgrims for over a thousand years.
Along with these religious sites, the island is also home to even older monuments, including Leaba Dhiarmuda Agus Ghráinne, a megalithic wedge tomb dating back to 2000BC and served as a burial place for the early farmers.
Inishmor is not only steeped in history, but it is also home to some stunning scenery. It has four sandy beaches and is surrounded by crystal clear waters, not to mention the flowers that bloom throughout the labyrinth of limestone pavements. The island is on the very edge of Europe, and feels like the edge of the world. It’s a place where you can find serenity and activity all at once, and it’s will leave you with lasting memories.
Our guided cycling day tour offers the chance to explore, discover and uncover everything Inishmor has to offer. We take care of all necessary arrangements, including ferry tickets, lunch, bikes and a guide, all so that you don’t have to! Why not explore with us?
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