Explore Inis Meáin

Inis Meáin, the middle island, is situated between Inis Mór and Inis Oírr and is the least visited of the three Aran Islands.

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 prehistoric Dún Chonchubar(Conor’s Fort), the most striking of the circular or oval ring forts of the Aran Islands. Situated on the highest point of the island Dún Chonchubar is is a hillfort and was used for defence and as a watch point. John Millington Synge, the well-known Anglo-Irish author and playwright, stayed in this cottage every summer from 1898 to 1902. Refurbishments were carried out in recent years and the house is open to visitors during the summer months.

There are cliffs on both the south and west side of the island. It is a beautiful, scenic route to the south coast from the east to west side of the island. If you walk just a little further south past Teach Synge(or Synge’s House), you can look over the big west-facing cliffs of Inis Meáin. Even on a relatively calm day the waves will be beating against the rocks in masses of spray and foam. In the distance you may see great pillars of spray spouting up well inland out of the puffing holes. These cliffs are exciting to explore.

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