Aran Islands - Inishmore - Árainn
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Inishmore (Inis Mór), Aran Islands, Galway, Republic of Ireland
Inishmore (Árainn) is the largest and most developed of the Aran Islands that lie scattered off the Galway coast. It combines a vibrant history with excellent facilities and lively night life.
Inishmore (Árainn) is the largest of the Galway Aran Islands and has been attracting visitors to its rugged shores for generations. The island is an extension of the famous limestone rocks of The Burren, where limestone pavements crisscrossed with grikes, host a plethora of, often extremely rare, wild flowers such as gentian violets and orchids. The landscape of Inishmore is a patchwork of fields hemmed in by precariously balanced dry stone walls.
You can walk, cycle or ride the lane ways here to discover the island's most celebrated monument, Dún Aonghusa. One of the most famous and most important prehistoric sites in Europe, this semi circular stone fort sits dramatically on top of a 100 metre drop into the sea. Elsewhere circular forts, early Christian remains, 12th Century high crosses and medieval churches dot the island.
Traditions are very much alive on Inishmore; nightly music sessions, regular dances and even currach racing are part of everyday life. Whether you wander the flower strewn lane ways, watch the seals in the clean waters or relax on the beach, you will undoubtedly be smitten by the people, culture and heritage of this incredible island.