The Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland continue the Burren plateau. And still… There is something very different about them.
In Celtic mythology, going into the west has been associated for ages with the mythology of going into the Otherworld. (All right, one person’s mythology is another person’s religion. We understand.) Anyway, when these islands shroud themselves in mist they becoming eerily invisible.
The west coast is also associated with the lost civilization of Atlantis. Go to the Aran Islands… Listen. Can you hear the voices from the past echoing across the land? We do.
And, note this: Until the 16th century, the mythical island of Hy Brasil, the Island of the Blessed, was still marked on maps. Some people still see an island off the seaward cliffs of Inishmore when the light is absolutely pristine and perfect.
No matter how often we visit, we still want more. If you’ve been to the Aran Islands, and if you have felt the magic (or seen it), please do let us know! We would love to hear your story.
Happy, Happy, from The Crew at Authentic Ireland