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Aran Islands - Inishmaan - Inis Meáin


Inishmaan - (Inis Meáin)
Aran Islands
Republic of Ireland

Inishmaan, or Inis Meáin is Aran’s Middle Island. It is the quietest of the three Aran Islands and a place to escape the crowds.

A maze of narrow winding roads, sheltered paths and trails criss cross the island, from the rocky hillsides of the south to the deserted sandy beaches on the north shore. Wild flowers bloom everywhere and numerous examples of early settlements dot the limestone karst landscape.

The incredible oval fort of Dún Chonchúir can be found here and so too are the beautiful Cill Cheanainn and the church of Mary Immaculate with its magnificent stained glass windows by the famed Harry Clarke Studios. Nearby is Teach Synge, the restored island cottage of writer John Millington Synge, for whom the island was a favourite retreat.

Inishmaan island hosts a centre running renowned Irish language and culture courses; where you can learn about the history and traditions of the island from music and poetry to set dancing and ecology.

Inishmaan is also home to the award winning Inis Meáin restaurant and guest suites. Drop in for an extraordinary dining experience. The main ingredients used in this restaurant are sourced on the island itself, including lobster and crab caught by local fishermen from currachs, the traditional island fishing boats.

Services ProvidedKEY
  • IrishSpoken
General DescriptionsKEY
  • Accommodation : Hotel, holiday homes, B&Bs, restaurants, pubs, shop, craft shop.
  • Activities : Walking, cycling, diving centre, music, language and cultural studies and activity breaks.
  • Did you know? : Writer J M Synge favoured Inis Meáin for its simple lifestyle and traditional ways. One of his favourite writing spots, Synge's Chair, can still be visited on the west of the island where a sheltered stone seat overlooks sheer cliffs and pounding surf.
  • Population : Population: Over 180. A Gaeltacht island.
  • Size : Approx 4 km long and 2.5 km wide.
  • When to visit : Best time is May to Oct., 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 Doolin2Aran Ferries Sail to the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher from Doolin Pier. Tel: +353(0)65 7075949
Aran Doolin Ferries Daily from April to Oct. 96 Passengers Tel: +353(0)65 7074455 Doolin Ferries Ltd Daily from April to Oct. 96 Passengers Tel: +353(0)65 7075555 Aran Islands Fast Ferries Twice Daily from April to Oct. 140 Passengers.
Also Inter-Island service. Tel: +353(0)86 8819052


Dún Chonchúir; Teach Synge; Church of Mary Immaculate; Cill Cheanainn.

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