About Inis Meáin
lnis Meáin (Inishmaan) is the middle island among the three Aran Islands and has remained the quietest and least visited by tourists throughout the years.
It’s an escape from the modern world, with over 300 flowering plants on the island and is a maze of winding roads, laneways and trails that take you around the rugged landscape.
The main village is located just seconds away from the pier and the beach.
Below are just some of the things that we recommend that you do on Inis Meáin during your visit.
There are two Stone Forts on the island dating back between the 1st-7th centuries AD. Dún Fearbhaí and Dún Chonchubair. Dún Fearbhaí has terraces along the inside of the walls. If you climb on top of the wall you’ll get a great for a view of the northern part of the island.
Dún Chonchubair is an oval stone fort 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.
Cathaoir Synge & Teach Synge
The place where John Millington 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.
Teach Synge is 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.
John Millington Synges’ journey on Inis Meáin began in 1903. He arrived on the Island on the advice of fellow writer W.B. Yeats and found Inis Meáin a great source of inspiration for many of his writings. Synge admired the nature of the Inis Meáin people and their traditions.
This is the last outpost of ancient Europe; I am privileged to see it before it disappears forever.
The Aran Man, J.M. Synge
Teampall na Seacht Mac Ri (Church of the Seven Sons)
Early Christian churches which were formerly a place of pilgrimage in the West of Ireland. This site may have been home to seven houses of worship, but today, only Teampall Brecan and Teampall an Phoill survive. Temple Brecan was built around 1200 and is flanked by a number of rectangular houses, which are believed to be the only pilgrim hostels to survive from late-Medieval Ireland. Mass is still held here every August 15th.
Inis Meáin Knitwear Factory
Inis Meáin Knitting Company was founded on the island in 1976 by Tarlach de Blácam and Áine Ní Chonghaile, inspired by the unique spirit, environment and heritage of the place. Inis Meáin Knitting Company designs and produces individual, unique pieces of knitwear in the finest yarns, all exquisitely finished by hand. You can visit their factory on Inis Meáin to see their creations first hand.
Leaba Dhiarmada ‘is Ghrainne
This Oghil Wedge Tomb is a burial place and was originally covered in soil. It faces the setting sun.It is thought that it was a place of ritual and a burial ground.
The name is a reference to the young couple who mythology tells us slept at sites such as this wedge shaped tomb on Inis Meain.
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