Offshore Islands

Offshore Islands

Aran Islands - Inisheer - Inis Oírr


Comhar Cumann Inis Oirr
Inis Oirr (Inishere)
Oileain Arann (Aran Islands)
Republic of Ireland

Inisheer (Inis Oírr) lies 8 kilometres off the coast of County Clare. It is an Island of sheer beauty and wandering along its shores it's easy to get the impression that you have the whole world to yourself.

Inisheer has probably been inhabited for 5,000 years but the earliest evidence of civilisation is at Cnoc Raithní, a Bronze Age burial mound dating from 1500BC. Nearby are Teampall Chaomhán, a Medieval church ruin half buried in the sand and the 16th Century Caisleán Uí Bhríain, an imposing three storey tower house built within a Stone Age fort. To the north of the island golden sandy beaches offer safe swimming and stunning vistas of Connemara, while the eastern shore boasts a shipwreck and breathtaking views of the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren.

The island also has an arts and cultural centre, Áras Éanna, where you can attend workshops, see exhibitions and learn about traditional culture. If you visit in August you may get to see the traditional currach boat races.

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  • IrishSpoken
General DescriptionsKEY
  • Population : Population: Over 260. A Gaeltacht island.
  • Size : Approx 3 kms long and 2 kms wide.
  • Accommodation : Hotel, B&B’s, holiday homes, hostel and camp site. Coffee shops, restaurants, pubs, grocery shop, arts and culture centre. Bike hire, hackney service.
  • Activities : Walking, swimming, birdwatching, fishing, music, Irish dancing, language learning.
  • Did you know? : Inis Oírr has many underground streams and numerous wells, the most revered of which is Tobar Éanna, St. Enda’s well. This natural spring never dries up and is reputed to have healing powers!
  • When to visit : Best time is April to October, but busiest time is July and August.

Flights: Aer Arann fly daily
Tel: +353(0)91 593034
Sailings from Ros an Mhíl, Co. Galway.
Island Ferries Teo.
Daily, year round.
180 Passengers
Tel: +353(0)91 568903
Sailings from Doolin, Co.Clare
Aran Doolin Ferries
Daily from April to Oct.
94 Passenger
Tel: +353(0)65 7074455
Doolin Ferries Ltd
Daily from April to Oct.
94 Passenger
Tel: +353(0)65 7075555
Cliffs and Arran Cruises.
Daily from 1 April to 31 Oct
67 Passengers
Tel: +353(0)65 7075949


Cnoc Raithní; Teampall Chaomhán; Caisleán Uí Bhríain; Plassy wreck; Cill na Seacht nIníon; Lighthouse; Signal Tower; Tobar Éanna.

Things To Do Nearby

Summer festivals
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