Aran Islands, Ireland
I am so homesick today. Our most recent visitors left yesterday and I woke up to a text message from my dad saying that our family dog, Zoey is nearing the end of her life.
The highs of living abroad are high, but the lows are much lower. It’s such a fun high knowing that your dear friends are traveling all the way to Ireland to see you. It’s unbelievably fun exploring new parts of the country with them. And exciting catching up in person and hearing about their life at home.
But then they leave, Mathew goes back to work, and I’m alone. The homesickness consumes me and I begin to overthink too much about too much – I wish I could hug Zoey one more time.
So today I am going to overthink about our weekend excursion to Galway and the Aran Islands!
Our most recent visitors were our friends Katie and Nick. Katie and I have been friends since college and Nick is Katie’s fiancé! (I’m so excited for them and can’t wait to celebrate at their wedding in December!) Nick suggested traveling to the Aran Islands. He’d been once and thought we’d all enjoy it. He was right!
The Aran Islands are three little islands off the west coast of Galway. The easiest way to reach the islands is by ferry. The ferry port is about 45 minutes west of Galway and then the ferry ride is about 45 minutes. We decided to travel to Inishmore, the biggest of the three islands. The term ‘big’ is relative, Inishmore is nine miles by two miles with a population of 800 people. The remote island is very quaint, even with its barren and rocky landscape. The island was experiencing spring floods while we were there which prevented us from visiting the main attraction – Dun Aenghus. We didn’t mind, and decided to hike to the Worm Hole, an impressive naturally made seawater pool.
Red Bull actually does cliff diving competitions at the Worm Hole, I found this video on YouTube. Oh my gosh I can’t imagine jumping.
After a busy day of hiking we had lunch, drank pints, and enjoyed the village. Afterwards we took the ferry back to the mainland and spent the night in Galway. This was my second trip to Galway and I enjoyed myself more the second time, it must have been the company. We stayed at this cute little guesthouse and dined at one of Galway’s top restaurants, Kai. I would recommend both and have hyperlinked them for when you plan your trip to Ireland – make reservations!
One week from today Mathew’s family arrives, I won’t have much time to be homesick! Hug your puppy for me. Thanks for reading.