Day 3: Inishmore – The eastern side
Distance 12/15 km – Hiking time: 3 – 6 hours – Altitude (↑) 135m
The morning started with another great breakfast! After we had strengthened ourselves we grabbed our map and route description (what a joke afterwards) and set off to explore the eastern side of the island. The following is the image yield of the day 😉
Yes indeed, there is only one picture from today, but an impressive one…at least if you stood in front of this hollowed out bay, heard the waves breaking at the rocks and realized on what a thin layer of rock you just stood over the abyss.
But why is there only one picture?
Because we had become completely frustrated in our search for the second announced stone fort. The rest of the morning we spent climbing over stone walls, partially dismantling them in front of us and rebuilding them behind us, without spraying our ankles on the boulders lying around or ripping our skin and clothes off on hedges of thorns.
We were pretty broken and happy when we got back to Kilronan. We had a bit of a look around the Aran Sweater Market (great store!) and had lunch and tea in a sandwich shop next to the local Spar Market. In the Spar we got some provisions for the ferry trip.
My eyes went a little over when I saw six dirty Frenchmen, armed to the teeth, entering the shop, biting into my sandwich… thank God they turned out to be hunters 😉
We fetched our luggage from the B&B and made our way to the pier. On the way back we drank a beer and talked to another passenger about God and the world. At the jetty in Ros a’ Mhil the taxi driver organized by Hillwalk Tours came and drove us to Oughterard to the Woodlands B&B. The B&B is beautifully situated in the middle of the green countryside and is a spacious property with a garden and a dog in need of love 🙂
There was tea again and we rested for an hour in the garden. After that we got hungry and wanted to see Oughterard, so we slipped back into comfortable clothes and set off.
First we landed for a beer at the Connemara Lake Hotel, but because we wanted something other than steak or fish and chips, we decided to go to the small pizzeria around the corner we had seen before. The food there was good and cheap and so we went back to the B&B full and satisfied to prepare ourselves with enough sleep for the next day.
I wonder if we took more pictures the next day You will only find out if you continue reading 😉 on the next page