Inis Meáin (Inishmaan) Island

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lnis Meáin (Inishmaan) is the middle island among the three Aran Islands. This Island has remained the quietest and least visited by tourists throughout the years. The population of Inis Meáin is about 200 people and its size in 4 km by 2.5 km. On lnis Meáin you can escape from the modern world, with over 300 flowering plants on the island, from places as far as the Arctic and the Mediterranean regions. The Island is a maze of winding roads, laneways and trails that take you around the rugged landscape. A wide variety of nesting birds and natural ecosystems can be found on this serene Island.

The Island hosts Irish language and Traditional Culture courses where you can learn about the history and traditions of the Aran Islands. Courses range from music, story-telling and poetry to set dancing and environmental studies.

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THINGS TO SEE ON INIS MEÁIN

DÚN CHONCHUBHAIR (FORT OF CONCHUR)

This oval stone fort is named after Conchur or Conor, the brother of Aonghas (see Dun Aengus Inis Mór) and was built around the 5th century A.D. It is the biggest intact Dún with more features than all of the others. Not nearly as well known or visited at the more famous Dún Aengus it is equally as fascinating and gives a good idea of what the other forts would have looked like prior to their erosion.

Road signs on Inishmaan, Inis Meain, Aran Islands
Cathaoir Synge on Inishmaan, Inis Meain, Aran Islands

CATHAOIR SYNGE AND TEACH SYNGE

This stunning place on Inis Meáin (Inishmaan) is where Synge was inspired and regularly wrote, Cathoair Synge (Synge’s Chair) is viewpoint at the edge of a sheer limestone cliff. It is often sheltered from the wind making it the perfect place to take a seat and take it all in.

You can also visit the newly restored Teach Synge, the cottage where John Millington Synge stayed. This house has been fully restored by the Island Co-op and opened to visitors as a Synge museum. Memorabilia includes photographs, drawings and letters.

TEAMPALL NA SEACHT MAC RÍ (CHURCH OF THE SEVEN SONS)

Early Christian church which was formerly a place of pilgrimage in the West of Ireland.

Henry Clarck stainded glass church window on Inishmaan, Inis Meain, Aran Islands

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