Inis Oirr (pronounced Innisheer) is one of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay on the west coast of Ireland. It is easily reached by ferry from Doolin and will bring you to a different world. You travel on foot or by horse-drawn jaunting cart. The gentlemen who drive the carts are excellent guides to the history of the islands, which are very beautiful in an other-worldly way - it is a rocky place, and over a thousand years the locals have used the rocks for houses and walls, many of which are artistically patterned. The Inis Oirr hotel is the island's main pub/hotel, where the hospitality is wonderful. (The owner's son made a special trip to his home to get a suitable adaptor so that I could charge my camera battery - I had left mine in the car on the mainland - and would not take any kind of compensation. However the pub is decorated with a wonderful collection of automobile license plates from all over the world so I expressed my gratitude by sending a plate from my home state of New Hampshire) The islanders all speak fluent English as well as their native Irish and offer a fine welcome. Food and drink are excellent and if you choose to stay, the Inis Oirr hotel offers excellent accommodation.
The Aran Islands are famous for their hand-knitwear so check out the shops and get a lovely pure wool sweater at a bargain price. The beaches are clean and offer a variety of shells for collectors. A variety of beautiful wild flowers abound throughout the island. As you return by ferry to the mainland, you get a magnificent view of the famous Cliffs of Moher.
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