Inishmore, Co. Galway, Ireland
Where the Irish still speak IrishSet just a short ferry ride off of the Galway coast of Ireland, the Aran Islands are one of the last outposts where Irish is the language you'll find spoken on the streets. Most of the 1,200 residents work as commercial fisherman or make sweaters which are subsequently sold to inquisitive tourists, and an intensive language school has been established on the island for native Irish people looking to regain their mother tongue.
Kilronan, the town pictured, is the largest town in the Aran Islands, and it's one of the best hamlets in all of Ireland to hunker inside a dimly lit pub and watch a storm roll in off the sea.
about 6 years ago
This was on the Isle or Inishmore during on our second trip to Ireland. The ferry ride out was around an hour and well worth the time to see the island and old Ireland.