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Serpents Lair Aran Islands , The 2012 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series takes place here on 4th of August 2012

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With its spectacular coastline and its endless swells of emerald hills scattered with ancient ruins, Ireland was made to be explored on foot. Hit the trails in four of Ireland’s most scenic spots: the Wicklow Mountains, the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, and the Aran Islands. Follow the Wicklow Way just south of Dublin to beautiful Glendalough, hiking along clear streams that cut through the fresh pine forest.

"Rugged as the people who settled here more than 3,000 years ago, the sea-chiseled limestone bluffs of Inishmore rise 300 feet above the Atlantic. Inland, hundreds of miles of stone walls ring thin-soiled fields where islanders toil in a land known for ciúnas gan uaigneas, Gaelic for 'quietness without loneliness.'" — Text from "The Aran Islands: Ancient Hearts Modern Minds," April 1996, National Geographic magazine

Dramatic vertical walls of rock mark the spot where County Clare meets the Atlantic: the Cliffs of Moher. Stretching five miles along the coast from the town of Doolin, the cliffs are a natural attraction not only to tourists, but to nesting seabirds — keep an eye out for puffins and razorheads. O’Brien’s Tower, built by an enterprising local in 1835, provides the highest vantage point for wildlife viewing and soaking up the views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and beyond.

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    awesome, would like to sit there and enjoy this landscape...

The - Make sure to bring an umbrella to protect your head from the 30,000 who make their home in these cliffs in . Photo from at - all images Creative Commons Noncommercial

Cliffs of Inishmore Inishmore, off Ireland’s west coast, is one of the three Aran Islands, where most natives speak both Gaelic and Irish. In addition to the prevalence of Celtic culture, Inishmore is known for its grey limestone landscape, which ends in a rock wall at the sea’s edge.

Kennedy sweater, trellis centre panel, flanked by cable, rope, diamond and moss stitches on either side. The trellis represents the stone walled fields of the Aran Islands, the cable is a wish for good luck, and diamond stitch represents a wish for wealth, traditional báinín (pronounced ‘baw neen’) colour, the natural white of the wool.

Dun Aengus on the Aran Islands, Ireland. We walked up a hill to get to this fort. It is more enormous than a photo could ever show you. The walls are huge and thick. The defenses are huge. HUGE, I tell you!

The Aran Islands are a collection of three islands which are nestled at the mouth of Galway Bay. The beautiful and isolated islands have attracted and inspired many Irish artists and poets over the years (including the leading artists Seán Keating and Liam O’Flaherty). Aside from the unique weather-battered landscapes other notable attractions include several Iron Age forts and Teampull Bheanáin which is considered to be the smallest church in the world.

10 of the most beautiful places to visit in Ireland

No holiday to Ireland would be complete without a trip to the mystical Aran Islands that are situated in the middle of Galway Bay. The rugged, natural beauty along with thatch roofed stone cottages that dot the islands provide a splendid example of Celtic and early Christian heritage and gives one the impression that they have just travelled back in time..

The Aran Islands, County Galway, Ireland. Pictures don't do it justice. I could handle a little cottage out there... that would be just fine.

The Irish countryside in a nutshell. I imagine this location on the Aran Islands didn't look that different 100 years ago.

Shop shows where their customers are from with a pinpointed map. The Aran Islands, Ireland - Meaghan O'Connor by APIstudyabroad, via Flickr

- (05) cliff on Aran Islands by TravelPod member Twittg, from Galway, Ireland ... this is looking at one of the cliffs on Inis Mor

Aran Sweaters: The Aran Islands lie on the most westerly edge of Europe, across the mouth of Galway Bay. The art of hand-knitting was first introduced to Ireland in the 17th Century. In the Aran Islands, the most distinctive and intricate knitting pattern was created through years of craftsmanship and love. The islanders developed many different patterns that today define the heritage and tradition of Ireland. Aran sweaters now are recognised worldwide due to their design, fabric and beauty.

INISHMORE, ARAN ISLANDS, IRELAND Aer Arann Islands provides shuttle service from Galway to Connemara Airport, from which you can fly to Inishmore.

INISHMORE, ARAN ISLANDS, IRELAND Melancholy minds might see menace lurking at the Black Fort on Inishmore.

Inishmore, Aran Islands, Ireland - one of the loveliest places I've ever been lucky enough to visit.

horse and buggy ride on the Aran Islands in Ireland. Want to go back there. Last trip - 1993

Pilgrimage Ireland | Spiritual Pilgrimage

I took this picture on a trip in 2009. Aran Islands. I can take you here.

No picture does justice - the most breath-takingly beautiful place I've ever been (Aran Islands, 2006)

Aran Islands, Ireland. One of the most beautiful places I've ever been. Worth the ferry ride.

INISHMORE, ARAN ISLANDS, IRELAND Heaven’s gate? A wall at the Iron Age fort of Dun Aengus on Inishmore.

Exploring the Islands of Stromboli, Inishmore, and Hiddensee

Just off Ireland’s west coast you’ll find the Aran Islands, three tranquil islands in the Atlantic: Inishmore, Inisheer, and Inishmaan. The islands are only accessible by ferry

Dun Aengus on the Island of Inis Mór, Aran Islands.