"One day trip" to Aran Islands' largest isle, Inis Mόr, translates, alas, into just few hours. In 2004, we stayed overnight and had a much fuller experience of the Island. But even one day visit allows for a tour of Dun Aengus fort, provided that one hires a van--the drivers are waiting for takers at the ferry landing. Also, starting with the the Visitors' Centre is helpful and informative--see below.
The Visitors' Centre Exhibit highlights the islands' history and heritage, which includes LANGUAGE and the life of the Cliffmen, to mention just a few subjects. Archeology and anthropology are the prevailing themes of the Exhibit, though cultural history and literature are equally prominent.
Here is a picture of a rescue cart: it was meant to "fish" you out of the fierce sea, should you have lost your footing at the edge of a 200-foot vertical cliff, which was a likely possibility considering the existence of the CLIFFMEN: see the 2 pictures below:
An wind-free evening on the island is "deafeningly" quiet: other than an occasional vehicle, there is nothing to generate a sound, so I was grateful for my 2004 solitary evening: just me, the sun setting at 11 pm and precious silence:
A mild climb to DUN AENGUIS--and then--Bliss is looking down at this and Deanna is giving me a heart attack., pause at the souvenir stop , and a brief wait
for the ferry
back to "mainland,"
as they say on Inis Mόr...