I would highly recommend Bill O'Brien's ferry tours, which is a family run business, and has been servicing the islands for many years. Bill's son Liam was our captain today, and both Liam, and his wife Erin, who actually hails from New York, were most helpful.
Our journey today was to take us from Galway city, via Kinvara, to the small town harbour of Doolin. Doolin is situated close to the majestic Cliffs of Moher and our plan today was to board Bill O'Brien's ferry to the beautiful, and isolated island, of Inishere, some half an hour from Doolin at the mouth of Galway Bay. Inishere is the smallest of the three Aran Islands and the closest one to the county Clare coast. After a tour of the Island by mini bus, our plan was then to travel on the ferry all along under the mighty cliffs of Moher.
I was looking forward to this very much as, eventhough i have been to the islands many times, i had never taken this particular ride in Bill O'Brien's ferry. My visits to the islands were always from the Galway side,( the northern side of the bay), on thee ferries from Rossaveal, but i would have to say that this journey today beat them all. It was truly a day to remember.
What a wonderful day we would have missed if this trip had to be abandoned.
Here we have a picture of a ship which ran aground on the island back in the 1960's.
The local people of the island dug this wonderful relic from under the ground themselves.
St Caomhain's grave inside the tomb.
Back on board and heading for the Cliffs.
Pictured together outside Gus O'Connors pub in Doolin where we went to eat after our wonderful journey ended. This is a great place for a snack or a meal, or maybe just a pint.
I could show you another hundred photos, and lovely photos at that, but as Chuck said to me today, nothing could really do justice to actually seeing this with the naked eye. Maybe someday you will see that for yourself.
Or maybe you might want to see it, and more of my favourite sights with me.I do not think that your guide books will eve guide and direct you to the hidden gems of Ireland that are my own special places.
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