When down in County Clare, and the weather is good, you'd be mad not to take a trip across the water and set foot on one of the Aran Islands. Eva and I went to Inis Oirr ( sounds like In-ish ear ) for a day and were delighted to be greeted by the sun and blueish skies.
The local pub (above) is one of three pubs on an island of 290 people. Be sure to have a pint whilst overlooking the sea.
The beach facing the mainland is sheltered and calm. It's a wonderful spot and dare I say it, quite idyllic.
Eva found some razor clam shells which she was quite happy with, but like a good tourist, left them behind where they belong.
On the way into port, a dolphin popped out of the water and swam with us all the way until we docked. After that, it pottered about and was eventually joined by a local resident who often takes a swim with it.
Eva and I were the only people on the beach and we were treated to a hunting and diving display by two sandwich terns which would hover above the surface of the water then dive towards the water in a free fall before emerging, sometimes with a fish in its beak. It was quite a sight to see, especially at only a few metres distance.
Inis Oirr was effectively all farm land and the animals were either of an equine or bovine nature. The above horse has delightful view.
The island itself is roughly on 3 km x 3 km and one can walk around most of it in a moderate pace in about two hours.
If you get a chance to visit, do! It is well worth it.