Explore Inis Oírr

Inis Oírr is the smallest of the three Aran Islands. With nightly traditional music sessions in the three pubs it can be quite lively in the summer months. If you venture away from the settlement on the north of the island along the wandering shoreline you may feel like you have the island to yourself.

Inis Oírr has probably been inhabited for 5,000 years but the earliest evidence of civilisation is at Cnoc Raithní, a Bronze Age burial mound dating from 1500BC. Nearby are Teampall Chaomhán, a Medieval church ruin half buried in the sand and the 16th Century Caisleán Uí Bhríain, an imposing three storey tower house built within a Stone Age fort. To the north of the island golden sandy beaches offer safe swimming and stunning vistas of Connemara, while the eastern shore boasts a shipwreck and breathtaking views of the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren.

The island also has an arts and cultural centre, Áras Éanna, where you can attend workshops, see exhibitions and learn about traditional culture. If you visit in August you may get to see the traditional currach boat races.

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