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Aran Islands
Inis Mór
Inis Meáin
Inis Oírr
Galway Bay

Inis Meáin  (Inishmaan in English)

Inis Meáin has a population of about 170 making the Aran Island with the smallest population. It is one of the most important strongholds of traditional Irish culture. The island is predominantly Irish-speaking.

The Harbour

It is not advisable to anchor off Inis Meain and there are no moorings.  Caladh Mor Harbour is a new secure harbour behind a breakwater created in 2007 which make it possible to visit this very quiet island.  Five water taps which are fed from a desalination plant are available quayside.

There are two notable stone forts on the island. Dún Chonchúir (Conor's Fort) is an ancient oval stone fort, dating to pre-Christian times, with views of the island's other ancient sites and the sea. And the stone fort Dún Fearbhaí, which dates from the 4th century A.D. and is unusual in being almost rectangular - instead of circular as the other forts on the island.

Clochán na Carraige is a beehive hut, the structure of which is unusual because the outside is circular but the inside is rectangular.

Synge's Cottage and Chair

Teach Synge is the house where John Millington Synge stayed on the island every summer from 1898 to 1902 and where he was hosted by Bríd and Páidín Mac Donnchadha. It was here he is said to have found inspiration for his plays The Playboy of the Western World, Riders to the Sea, and other works. Teach Synge has been restored to its original condition and has been open to the public since August 1999. Cathaoir Synge (Synge's Chair) was the writer's favourite place on the island, a stone structure resembling a chair overlooking Inishmore and the Atlantic.

The island is connected to the national grid via a submarine cable.  A desalination plant provides water for the residents. Inis Meáin also has a wind farm which runs its desalination plant and fuels electric cars. Inis Meáin has a new jetty ("Caladh Mor") since 2007. It also has an airstrip connecting it to the mainland, with flights operated by Aer Arann from Connemara Regional Airport.

Where to eat

Ostan Inis Meain (Hotel Inis Meain) is in Lisheen Village. Coming from the harbour the large pink building to the left is the hotel.  It is the nearest place to both the port and the airport for food and accommodation from breakfast to closing time. Panoramic views of Galway Bay.
(  +353 99 73020)

Tig Congaile, in Moore Village (20 minute walk straight form pier, first left, then right, then left, and right again),  is a Bed & Breakfast and Restaurant that offers scenic views and cuisine by the renowned chef Vilma, a Guatemalan lady  whose food is not to be missed on visiting this tranquil island. The place is easy to miss.  
(+353 87 203 5171) 

Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites offers luxury accommodation and fine dining. It consistently receives five stars on Trip Advisor and is the Travellers Choice 2013 Winner and has won numerous other accolades.  The restaurant dining room is contemporary in styling and has panoramic views of the island and bay. The main ingredients used in the restaurant are sourced on the island. Lobster and crab are caught by local fishermen from currachs. Potatoes and vegetables are grown in small fields sheltered by stone walls. The only fertilizer used is seaweed from the shore. The restaurant is open seasonally for dinner only. They also operate the knitting company which offers very high quality Aran knit clothing.

An Dun B&B and Restaurant (opposite the big stone fort just beyond the church.) is a spotless inn with very friendly hosts who will provide a delicious dinner in the evening if you let them know them before mid-afternoon.

The island has a single and very fine pub, Teach Ósta, in More Village.


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