The small Island
Inis Oírr (Inishere) "island of the east"; is the smallest and most beautiful of the Aran Islands has so much to offer.
Many people prefer this island of the three, as it has all the amenities and creature comforts of Inishmore but without the hoards of visitors.
The nearest island to Doolin it has a population of 300 people. The island is set in glistening crystal clear blue atlantic waters and boasts an amazing beach, rare plants and flowers and a wealth of breathtaking scenery.
On this island you can see a traditional way of life practised by an Irish speaking community of around 250 people.
The Celtic culture and the beauty of the place adds a distinct flavour to this very special place.
Lose yourself on one of the many narrow laneways that divide small flower filled stone walled fields.
Inishere's cemetery is unique, overlooking the Atlantic on a high sand dune.
The ruins of a 15th C. O’Brien tower house built inside an earlier stone fort can be seen from anywhere on the island.
The island has so much to offer. Its possible to explore it on foot and it doesn’t take a great deal of time.
However, you can also rent bicycles, a horse-and-carriage right at the harbour. Here is a short list of some of the attractions.
- Various golden beaches
- The island lighthouse (located on the southeast end of the island)
- O'Brien's Castle (a 15th century tower house that stands within a stone fort)
- Shipwreck of the MV Plassy
- Cill na Seacht nIníon ('The Church of the Seven Daughters')
- Cnoc Raithní (bronze age burial mound dating from about 1,500BC)
- Teampall Chaomhán (Saint Kevin's Church from 10th-14th century)
- Tobar Éanna (St. Enda's Well)
- Áras Éanna (the island's wonderful arts centre)
To eat we recommend Tigh Ned’s pub. First established in 1897, Tigh Ned was Brendan Behan's local hostelry and still retains its old character.
The walls are covered in photographs and artefacts which depict traditional island life. It also boasts a great beer garden situated only 15 metres from the magnificent Galway Bay.
Great food in summer is also available every day including an island crab special.