Hikes Of The Aran Islands: The Wormhole

My husband, Kevin, and I went to Ireland for 10 days in Ireland 2014 for our honeymoon. We spent the whole time hiking, eating, drinking beer, and chilling out. We stayed for four nights on Inishmor, the largest of the Aran Islands.

It’s winter in Pittsburgh and I haven’t seen the sun in three days. It’s supposed to start snowing soon, and I hope that it does because that would be better than the endless gray and the freezing rain we got last night. I’m sure that I’m not the only one struggling with this right now, so it seems the perfect moment to share some sunny photos from my honeymoon.

Each morning on Inishmor, we would ask our hostess, Treasa, to recommend a hike or bike ride for us. She would send us out on a long adventure, we would have a late lunch, then come back and ask for a shorter hike or bike ride to enjoy before tea, a rest, and a late dinner. The first morning, she sent us to The Wormhole, a perfectly rectangular blowhole formed by the pressure of the sea against the roof of a cave there. Although it is unsafe to swim in the Wormhole (Poll na bPéist in Irish), it is a local rite of passage to dive in and was a dive spot for the 2014 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.

To reach the Wormhole, you hike from the road, to a narrow trail, then climb over a dry stone wall and walk out along the coast. It’s best to get directions from a local, know when the tides are due in so that you can safely choose between the middle and high levels of the cliff for viewing the Wormhole, bring a bottle of water, wear sturdy shoes, and take care not to slip on the seaweed that collects on the limestone.

Inishmor Wormhole

Inishmor Wormhole

Inishmor Wormhole

Inishmor Wormhole

Inishmor Wormhole

Inishmor Wormhole

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