|Looking seaward from Teampall Bheanain|
(St. Benan's Church)
The island itself is an extension of the Burren and is made up of rugged limestone, littered with rocks. Good for building, but not so good for crops or even livestock. Life was, and remains, hard here. It's almost tree-free and is battered year 'round by the winds and waves of the rough Atlantic Ocean. Inis Mor is not for the faint-hearted.
|View from the Round Tower|
Yet, it's a landscape that calls to me. Of all the beautiful places I visited during my 17 days in Ireland, this is the place I'd like to return to. Inis Mor called to the ancient Celtic monks as well. I'll be sharing some of their churches and monasteries in my next post.