After our amazing day at the Cliffs of Moher, we took the following day to visit a nearby island, Inis Oírr. In contrast to the previous day’s crisp, sunny weather, this day was cold, gray, and drizzly. Visiting a small island in such gray, drizzly weather reminded me of Cairnholm in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. This wasn’t the first fantastic literary or film reference that Ireland conjured up for me and it wouldn’t be the last.
The ferry we took to the island was called – and I’m not making this up – The Happy Hooker. Upon our arrival we stopped at a (the?) pub for a pint and some biscuitcake to ensure that we were adequately fortified to walk around the [tiny] island.
Toward one end of the island, the landscape was quite barren, full of smooth rocks with crevasses and rivulets carved out by eons of wind and waves. This landscape seemed almost alien. Still, in a few spots, some green managed to take hold because, after all, Inis Oírr is still in Ireland and that means green!
We happened upon a touching memorial for fisherman who had been lost to sea before walking back to the other end of the island where we explored the ruins of O’Brien Castle. These ruins would have been very fitting for a scene from Highlander but, fortunately, we didn’t encounter any immortals intent on decapitating us.
The following morning we went for a run up into The Burren. It was supposed to be a long, steady out-and-back run, but, due to the extraordinary picturesqueness of the area, it turned into an intervals workout because I had to keep stopping to take pictures and then run quickly to catch up with my running partners!
Only five days into our Ireland trip and we were already hopelessly smitten by this beautiful country!