Tigh Nan Phaidi Cafe
The driver left us at Kilmurvey craft village and we had lunch at an attractive little cafe in a thatch roofed cottage. The only name I could find at the time was "Cafe," but I since learned that it is the Tigh Nan Phaidi Cafe. I ordered smoked mackerel salad and Linda ordered smoked salmon salad. They both turned out to be a serving of the fish, next to a salad.
We hurried through the meal so we could head up to Dun Aengus, which was a fairly challenging 25 minute walk and climb. Dun Aengus is the largest of several stone forts on the island, sitting at the top of a 285' cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It is a very neat spot, but it would have been more impressive if we had seen it prior to the Cliffs of Moher.
The inner enclosure has been radiocarbon dated to around 1500BC and the "fort" was constructed around 1100BC.
Returning to Kilmurvey, we shopped for an Aran Island sweater for Linda's birthday (still two days away). I had been researching them online and we had looked at sweaters several times earlier in the trip. We found two small shops selling hand knit sweaters and a larger shop with both hand knit and machine knitted sweaters. Hurrying (because a van was due soon) we ended us selecting a hand knit sweater from a woman who I had read about on Tripadvisor, Sarah Flaherty, who knits her sweaters during the long rainy winter and was knitting when we entered the store. Sarah asked where we live, not wanting to sell one to someone who lives in a warm climate who would never wear it.