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    Today I am taking you to Inishmore the largest island of the Aran Islands group near Galway.

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    From Ros a Mhil Quay you can choose from 2 Ferry Companies "Aran Island Ferries" and "Aran Islands Direct". There are also Ferries leaving from Galway. The ride from Ros a Mhil to Inishmore takes an hour and costs 25 Euros per Adult. It’s worth going for just one day but try to catch the earliest Ferry out. But if you can stay over night or even longer – pubs stay open as long as they want since there is no police on the Island to shut down places. And if there is police on one of the ferries the whole Island will know to behave.

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    To get around on the Island we chose to bike (10 Euro for one day if you are a group of 4 or more you can maybe talk to them to get a rebate – There are couple of rental places where you can ask) but you also can hop on one of those horse carriages or take a Mini Bus Tour.

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    Most Impressive are the cliffs at Dun Aonghase Fort … more images:

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    This dude just couldn’t believe the Island’s beauty.

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    Just in case you were wondering.

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    We only had a few hours because we missed the early ferry .. Driving on Irish Roads can be a little stretchy ;) But we still deserved a Guinness right before we left.

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    More Info: Official Aran Islands Site

    Wiki: Aran Islands

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    Theses cliffs where one of our first discoveries when we moved here. Always stunning. It is most impressive when the sea is really rough. Watching waves smashing against the cliffs is just breath taking. But please beware … people do fall of cliffs and die! So watch your step.

    When you park the car you go left to see the cliffs and go right to see Humbert’s Landing.

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    We always tell people that there is an old lady living in that hut and she throws stones at you when you get to close. Some people believe it and most of them don’t

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    You can see Lacken Strand in the distant. Also worth a visit…. When you drive back from the cliff, take the very first one right which will lead you to the strand.

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    Assuming this is lime stone.

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    On low tide you can see this mystery hole from the cliffs.

    no one deals like we do!

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    We finally managed to go to the Hot Seaweed Bath in Enniscrone which is just 30 Minutes from where we live. If you have a hangover, this is the perfect thing to do. I really enjoyed it.

    Plan at least one hour once you have your private room you can basically stay as long as you want.

    The therapeutic power of the Seaweed Bath is attributed to the high concentration of Iodine that occurs naturally in Sea Water and in Seaweed. In its growing process Seaweed extracts this Iodine from the surrounding Sea Water and concentrates it in its fronds to such an extent that some seaweeds have up to 20,000 times the concentration of Iodine of the water in which they grow.

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    The Killcullen Bath House has either single or double private rooms.

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    You start your bath session with a 5-10 minutes in this steam box.

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    Then you step in the tub with seaweed. Stay at least 30 Minutes in it .. but as I say .. you are free to stay as long as you want. And you end the session with a cold seaweed water shower. See the second picture.

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    It’s €20 for the single private room and €15 per person for the double.

    Seasonal Opening and Hours of Business:

    • Off Season

    1st November to 1st May

    Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.

    Open everyday from St. Stephens day – New Years Day

    • High Season

    1st May to 30th October Daily 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.

    Phone: (096) 36238 Fax: (096) 36895

    Link: Kilcullen Bath House

    Thoughts Aside: People today are much more concerned about their living room furniture and bathroom designs than ever before. Fancy bathroom designs and a jacuzzi at home is considered a status symbol now. Initially swimming pool was all the rage. But with a jacuzzi, you don’t need bathing suits.

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    Moyne Abbey is the must see Abbey in County Mayo.

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    This is the only way to get to the Abbey. I just don’t know why they put up those "Beware of the Bull sign". It usually indicates that there is something really cool to see when you find one of those signs on your travels through Ireland. As a reminder… most points of interest in Ireland are on privat land. You need to respect that and if there is a sign to keep out – you better keep out. Try talking to the farmer and he will most likely let you pass his land. You see our friend "S" being very sceptical of our "There is no Bull – no worries" as the answer to the warning sign.

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    The Moyne Abbey.

    Moyne Abbey, built in the late Irish Gothic style, was founded by the Burke family as a Franciscan friary and consecrated in 1462. It was destroyed in the 1590’s by Queen Elizabeth’s governor of Connaught, Sir Richard Bingham. The Abbey’s church has an interesting architectural feature – it is cruciform in shape, and has a bell tower suspended over it’s channel arch.

    Source: Irelandwest.ie

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    There is some kind of ship scratched into the wall … right of the inside of the Abbey at the main entrance.

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    Music: Brobdingnagian Bards – My Irish Valentine

    Welcome to H-Island! This is a secret spot we discovered a while ago. If you are really interested what island it is, feel free to email me. Why am I not publishing the whole name of that place? Well, first of all it is somewhat dangerous (see second last picture – these are actual stairs you have to walk on – one mistake and you are flying) – also it is privat land and you need to ask permission of the farmer to walk over his land. It’s all gated ! And last reason … The seals …. We already feel very bad to scare that seal so badly. In fact it was all fine until I started taking pictures with my medium format camera. Poor seal – it probably thought it was a gun or something.

    Back in the days you could make a couple of easy bucks for killing seals and trading in seals heads for 4 pounds each. But still – fishermen are still hating seals. They estimate that every seals eats 1.000 pounds worth of fish. Not sure how they come up with that number … POUNDS! It’s Euros now! …

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    It is official … starting in May this year there will be transatlantic flights from Knock!

    Ireland West Airport Knock is delighted to announce today, the introduction of Ireland’s first scheduled transatlantic services with a low cost carrier. flyglobespan will operate three services a week from Ireland West Airport Knock, to JFK Airport New York, commencing on May 27th, 2007 and two services weekly to Boston Logan International Airport, commencing on May 30th 2007. Seat fares on the transatlantic flights from Ireland West Airport Knock will start at just €157 plus tax each way.

    More Info: Knock Transatlantic Flights

    This is awesome …

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