Thursday 14 August 2014
If you're wondering what there is to do on an Irish island, the answer, most often, is walk around and look at the scenery. One of the most striking things about the scenery on Arranmore is the contrast between the east and west sides of the island. The sheltered east side is almost lush (or certainly lush in comparison) with trees, bright flowers - and bright paint. The west side, exposed to the Atlantic and with nothing between it and America, is wilder, more rugged. I can confirm this, because we walked all the way around the island, 14km in total. We followed Slí Árainn Mhór or the Arranmore Loop from Aphort at the south-eastern end of the island, walking clockwise till we came back to where we started - with a brief detour to Phil Bán's Pub.