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On our visit to the Aran Island of Inishmore we had a choice of how to travel around for the day. We didn't have time enough to walk and we didn't like the look of the small crowded tour buses so here is part of my journal entry for the visit:
We chose the more expensive option – a horse and cart with a not so young driver who was quite a character and who spoke Gaelic better than English. The horse wasn’t young either. With a very craggy face he (the driver) was very interested in showing us gates in walls, gaps filled with thinner sections of rocks which were taken down to let an animal in or out and then reconstructed. Watering tanks for catching rain water also attracted his attention – sloping slabs of concrete draining into a stone or concrete tank.

Once out of town and after lots of encouragement for the horse to get up a hill we headed along the coast road through innumerable stone walls surrounding tiny fields. Some enclosed areas are still very stony with wild flowers everywhere. In lagoons along the way were cranes, white swans and ducks. Near one beach we saw seals but they were out a bit and not on the shore.

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Additional Photos by Ian Fegent (ifege) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2758 W: 99 N: 8569] (37151)
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