Inisheer

Inisheer

Inisheer or Inis Oirr, (meaning the eastern island) is very close to the County Clare coastline. In fact, the Aran islands are geographically much more in line with the County Clare limestone base than that of County Galway. The limestone fissures conceal a wealth of exotic plants and flowers.

Here you can see a traditional way of life practiced by an Irish speaking community of around 300 people. The Celtic culture and the beauty of the place will add distinction to any walks around the island. Highlights include a Bronze age tumulus which was exposed in 1885 when a storm cleared the sand from it. Teampall Caomháin, a 10th - 14th century church is dedicated to the patron saint of the island. Fromna Village is a traditional village where many houses are thatched. Caislean Ui Bhriain (O' Brien's castle) is one of the more impressive sites on the island. This is a 15th century Tower house and you will find an even older stone ring fort nearby.

inisheer-looking-to-inishma.jpg Tobar Einne is a holy well, dedicated to Saint Enda. There are also a number of other ancient churches on the island, the most famous of which is the one associated with St. Gobnait. There are several bed and breakfasts to be found on the Island, but you should make reservations because room is limited and some of them are seasonal. Inisheer is accessible from Inishmore (the largest of the Aran Islands), from Doolin , County Clare as well as from Liscannor , County Clare which provides a new catamaran service to the Islands. You may also opt to make a short flight with Aer Aran out of Connemara (about 20 miles from Galway City) that provides its services to the Islands.

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