Inis Oírr Island
We can’t possibly say enough about Inis Oírr. It is such a special place and happens to be one of our favourites!
It is the smallest of the three Aran Islands and is the closest island to Doolin Pier, just 15mins from Doolin on board the Doolin Express. The population of Inis Oírr is about 300 people and it is about 3 km by 2 km.
Inis Oírr is an extension of the Burren. The flora and landscape of this island has northern and alpine species which are rare and under conservation order. Looking out onto the Clare Coastline you’ll see breath-taking views of the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher.
When you arrive you will meet an array of touring options such as Bike Hire, Horse and Carts, and also Tractor and Mini Bus tours. The beach lies just to the left of the Pier. 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 beach and playground area you will see the recently installed AstroTurf alongside their sporting pitch. Doolin Ferry with Bill O’Brien Est. 1970 is a proud sponsor of the Aran Islands Football team!!
There are 3 Pubs serving food & refreshments, a small convenient store and an array of cafes.
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INIS OÍRR FERRY
|DEPART DOOLIN||DEPART ISLAND
|17:15* overnight / one ways|
THINGS TO SEE ON INIS OIRR
CAISLEÁN UÍ BHRIAIN (O’BRIEN’S CASTLE)
This 15th century Tower House stands upon the highest point of the Island towering proudly over the stone walls below. The Tower House is built within a Cashel-Stone Age fort (Dun Formna). Are we related?! Perhaps!
This is a 10th century church located within the graveyard of St. Caomhan (St. Kevin), which is the Patron Saint of Inis Oírr. Each year on the Patron Saint day the Islanders gather to celebrate their local community and heritage. Until very recently the Island community used to dig out the sands that the Atlantic winds brought in, almost completely burying the church. The site would have been buried and possibly lost but for this tradition. This is the main burial site still used on the island today.
THE PLASSEY SHIPWRECK
Made famous by the opening credits of Father Ted, this freighter was washed ashore in 1960, much to the surprise of the Islanders. The ship was heading for the Port of Galway stocked with many goods that were never before seen on Inis Oírr. The Islanders saw a troubled ship washed ashore and mounted a rescue effort to successfully save all those on board. The ship was filled with goods never before seen on the Island, including biscuits and toilets!
This is the holy well of St. Enda, the Patron Saint of Inis Mór.
This is a small 9th century church.
This ancient burial mound dates back to the Bronze Age and is evidence of the earliest settlers to Inis Oírr. This tumulus dates back to around 2000 B.C.