Cliffs of The Aran Islands

Stretching the entire western side of Inis Mor Island with views of the Cliffs of Moher, are dramatic and beautiful cliffs with spectacular views. This 8km stretch is known as the Cliffs of Aran and there is infact a trail which takes you from the bottom to the top of the island and takes 2-4 hours to complete.  The most frequented area of cliffs by visitors to the island is the fort of Dun Aonghasa. If you venture north, or south for that matter, you are likely to see longer and higher stretches of cliffs with meandering views. You also can very easily find isolation and tranquility.

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Dún Dúchathair ( the Black fort) set on the Cliffs of Aran
This fort is situated on the cliffs at Cill Éinne, (Killeany )Inis Mór. Some visitors enjoy the solitude of it in contrast with the busyness of Dún Aonghasa. The fort consists of a terraced wall surrounding the remains of some early dwelling houses known as Clocháns( stone houses). Excavations have not been out carrcled yet so exact dates cannot be given but it is thought to be possibly contemporary with Dún Aonghasa. It is understood that the name the Black Fort comes from the dark coloured limestone which is characteristic of this particular area on the island.

 

 

Inis Mor Island is conveniently located in the center of The Wild Atlantic Way. It is accessible from both Doolin (The Cliffs of Moher) and Rossaveal (Galway / Connemara). Sligo Galway  -  Connemara -  Doolin -  Cork
Inis Mor, the largest of the three Aran islands at the mouth of Galway Bay on the Atlantic coast of Ireland. Inis Mor is an outstandingly beautiful island, a world heritage site renowned for its stunning landscape and cultural heritage. © Copyright 2017. Inis Mor Islands, The Aran Islands.  All Rights Reserved.