Archaeology – Geology: From early days, Inis Mór has been a favourite place for those interested in Archaeology and Geology. As William Wilde wrote in 1848 ‘The Western Islands of Aran contain the greatest number of Pagan and early Christian monuments military, domestic, ecclesiastical, and sepulchral which can be found within the same area in Europe.’
Inis Mór has been a solitary place for contemplation, prayer and pilgrimage for thousands of years. Visitors enjoy seeing rare flora, as well as megalithic tombs, Celtic forts, early Christian churches, open limestone pavements, sheltered boreens, wind swept cliffs and a rich shoreline.
Geology: Geology is the study of the ‘bones of the earth’ and nowhere in Ireland are these bones more visible than in the Aran Islands. In geological and botanical terms the Aran Islands is an extension of the Karstic, limestone region of the Burren in Co Clare. The islands have been described as one of the most written-about places in Ireland. The impressive rock formations, the unique Burren-type flora thriving in what appears to be a ‘barren ‘lunar’ landscape, the birds, the insects and the seashore life of particular interest to that ever-increasing species, the eco-tourist.