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The Aran Islands, Ireland

Off the coast of County Galway are three islands that make up the Aran Islands: Inis Mór (Inishmore), Inis Meáin (Inishmaan), and Inis Oírr (Inisheer). Initially used for farmland and fishing, these islands are now well-known around the country for wool sweaters, fudge and fried fish, all of which will greet you in seaside shops upon your arrival.

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During my trip to Ireland, I ventured to Inis Oírr. The smallest of the islands is around five kilometers of grassy hills and snaking stone wall ruins, and with nearly six hours until the ferry departs for Galway, there was plenty of time to hike, rent a bike and explore this fascinating, remote place.

By Amanda Cortese