Inisheer

Inisheer is the smallest of the Aran Islands, lying across Galway, on the west coast of Ireland. It can be reached by ferry across the choppy waters of Galway Bay and by plane. The total area of the island is a mere 8 square kilometres. It is essentially a tiny rock in the middle of the Atlantic with a very austere rocky landscape and no trees. No one would imagine this place is inhabitable, but it is actually booming with life and it is incredibly charming. Its unique natural beauty and its cozy atmosphere make it worth discovering.

Once you land on the island you enter an alternative universe where what you see is all there is and it is more than enough for an unforgettable experience. You have a choice of two pubs which serve food for your dinner, and a total of three pubs for your night out. The island is so small that you don’t need a car, and you can get around the center of “town” within 10 minutes. The more distant and less habited parts of the island can be reached quickly enough by bicycle. With so few options and such a small square mileage, some people might find it claustrophobic, but I on the contrary felt like I have everything I need. Even the fact that it was perfectly achievable to see all the attractions of the island within two days felt liberating. Instead of feeling like you have too much to do and not enough time, you felt like you had all the time in the world to spend enjoying all it has to offer and have a relaxing time. The weather was exaggerated version of the changeable Irish weather, but surprisingly this was created some beautiful light to capture on film.

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