Ennis is a charming town known for its painted shop fronts and folk music festivals.
However, our main reason for staying in Ennis was to visit places nearby including the quaint seaside village of Doolin, take a boat from Doolin to visit one of the Aran Islands, and have a medieval feast at Knappogue Castle.
OLD GROUND HOTEL
The Old Ground Hotel is a pleasant place to stay, right in the heart of Ennis on O’Connell Street.
On a previous trip to Ireland, we had visited Doolin, a quaint fishing village on the coast of the North Atlantic Ocean, and looked forward to a return visit to this memorable town. We found that it had expanded considerably with new homes, cottages, and small hotels. We were relieved to find the main attractions of Doolin remained, especially Gus O’Connor’s Pub where we enjoyed a lunch of fish and chips and authentic Irish music.
Besides visiting Doolin and Gus O’Connors Pub, our other reason was to take a boat ride to one of the three Aran Islands we had visited previously, the closest and smallest, Inis Oirr.
Boat ride to and from Inis Oirr with a view to the Cliffs of Moher
The island of Inis Oirr
We stopped at a local pub for a slow poured Guinness and crisps (potato chips) before our return home.
Medieval feast at Knappogue Castle