Inis Oirr (Inisheer) means ‘Island Of The East’ and is the smallest of the three Aran Islands. The size of the Island is about 3 km by 2 km and there are about 300 people living here today. We can’t possibly say enough about this charming place, it is very special and happens to be one of our favourites! This Island truly has something for everyone.
It now takes only 15 minutes to get from Doolin to Inis Oirr. Doolin Ferry Co. operates the largest and fastest ferry fleet from Doolin. We sail daily from March to early November at 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:30 (and 17:00pm for overnights and one ways). There is an extra early 9:00am sailing from Doolin to Inis Oirr from June 3rd to August 27th only. We sail from Inis Oirr to Doolin at 10:30, 11:30, 14:15 and 16:45 every day.
This island is just a short 15 minute hop from Doolin. So you can easily head out to the Island for few hours, a day trip, or overnight.
Visitors can travel around the Island by bicycle, mini-bus, and pony & trap tours. When you arrive you will meet a variety of these tour options located at the top of the pier. If you prefer a quick sightseeing option you also can also explore O’Brien’s Castle and Teampall Chaomháin by foot which is just a short walk from the beach area.
There are so many ways to enjoy this wonderful Island, it truly has something for everyone. From art exhibitions in the Áras Éanna cultural centre, historical ruins and holy wells, the Lighthouse, to picnics and nightly music sessions at one of the three Island pubs. There are also unique events that take place over the summer months such as a Seafood Buffet nights and concerts. So it’s no wonder that the Irish College here every summer is a popular choice for the country’s budding Irish speakers.
You need anywhere from two hours to a full day or overnight to visit the island. Because it’s relatively small and with its close location to Doolin Pier, it makes a great option for a relaxing, hassle free, and enjoyable day trip. We have regular ferry times to suit your planned stay on Inis Oírr with your trip on an Aran Islands Ferry.
Inis Oírr, also known as Inisheer, is the smallest of the three Aran Islands located off the west coast of Ireland. It covers an area of just 3 square kilometers, making it a small but charming destination for tourists looking to experience the rugged beauty of Ireland’s west coast. Despite its size, Inis Oírr is packed with history, culture, and natural beauty, from its iconic thatched cottages and ancient ruins to its stunning beaches and scenic coastal walks. Its size makes it easily explorable by foot or bike, and visitors can soak up the island’s unique atmosphere and friendly community in just a short visit.
Inis Oírr is also commonly referred to as Inisheer, which is derived from the Irish language “Inis Oirthir” meaning ‘Outer Island’
Additionally, the name Inis Oírr translates to “Island Of The East,” further emphasising its position as the easternmost island of the Aran Islands. The name Inisheer is often used interchangeably with Inis Oírr, and both names are commonly used to refer to this charming island off the coast of Ireland.
The main pier where the ferry arrives is located next to a beautiful white sandy beach that welcomes you. O’Brien’s Castle stands proudly on the hill behind the beach and playground area, it is a warm welcome indeed.
This is a fantastic place for families. This is because it’s just a short ferry ride from Doolin and small enough to enjoy a good visit in only a few hours. There is also a newly built playground which is included in the top 10 playgrounds in Ireland with swings, slides, bridges and benches for parents too! It is located just behind the beach making it an ideal area for picnicking. Located just behind the playground area you will see the AstroTurf sporting pitch recently installed. Doolin Ferry Co. Est. 1970 is a proud sponsor of the Aran Island Football team.
For Father Ted fans no trip to Inis Oirr is complete without seeing the very famous Plassey Shipwreck. The remains of this freighter that washed ashore here in 1960 and so now it has become one of the most famous photo spots on the Aran Islands.
The ancient church and castle ruins are on full display from almost anywhere on this island. After a day of walking, biking and sightseeing you can relax at the beach or enjoy some refreshments in one of the three pubs.
Get fantastic value with our Inis Oirr and Cliffs of Moher Ferry combination ticket. Spend a full, half day, or stay overnight and upon your return to Doolin you can then stay on board for our Cliffs of Moher Cruise. To clarify the Cliffs of Moher Cruise is available to be added to every single Island departure time.
Our first class staff and crew can help you arrange all of your Island needs. If you require help booking groups large or small, please contact us by phone or email and we’d be delighted to help you. We are the Original Doolin Ferries Est. 1970.
Doolin, Ireland is a beautiful seaside village in County Clare with amazing scenery in all directions. It’s located close to the Cliffs of Moher and Aran Islands Ferry, so it’s ideal for a day trip, overnight, or extended stay. There is so much to do nearby therefore Doolin is one of the best places to visit on the Wild Atlantic Way. The village is located less than one hour from Shannon Airport and 1.5 hours from both Galway and Limerick City Centres. In short you can enjoy all the benefits of the charming West Coast of Ireland without ever being too far away.
Went on a trip to the cliffs of moher and Inis Oírr thís week. Enjoyed it immensely. The staff at the office were so friendly and helpful especially Liam...
Very clean boats and staff were very helpful..would recommend a tour.
Anthony Moran Dublin
Super day out on Inis Oir & amazing views & info of the cliffs on the return.