the aran islands

One of the really incredible aspects to living back on my beloved island is how on a daily basis, I find myself getting pleasantly surprised.


It’s fair to say that over the course of the years that I have seen almost all this wonderful island has to offer – but, sometimes its the light, the time of the day, the tide and more often where I’m at in myself – but every single day my senses get a delightful surprise.

Yesterday evening I walked up the pump road and a number of times as I pushed on upwards and felt my lungs opening up, the soft air on my face and my legs tighten , every so often , I became aware of the most beautiful , sweet, natural and almost intoxicating smell.

Now I am almost certain that I have smelled Wild Honeysuckle before but; 1) honey suckle is more fragrant in the evening; 2) there was a wonderful, spontaneous and natural awareness that manifested itself as a pleasant surprise to me.

Surprise two actually took my breath away, as I came to the top of my final climb – I saw the island at its narrowest point and below me was the village of Gort na gCapall . Truthfully what couldn’t logically be described as a surprise, was the angle that I viewed as it sits perched on the cliff edge majestically was the unique beauty of Dun Aonghasa making a familiar silhouette on the western sky as the sun set.

I didn’t expect my breath to be taken away just like that and what started out as a walk to regain some degree of fitness turned to one of the moments in life that literally took my breath away.

A great American singer once sang “I found me a diamond when I was mining for coal”

We get that every day on my beloved island.


The Aran Islands are  located in the center of the Wild Atlantic Way. It is Accessible from Rossavel (Connemara & Galway). The Aran Islands are also accessible from Doolin which is close to the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare.

Learn More about The Wild Atlantic Way