Inis Oirr is the smallest island of the three Aran Islands. Inis Oirr is pronounced Inish- Ear. Inisheer is the English spelling version. It is the closest island to Doolin. It only takes 15 minutes on our fast ferries to get from Doolin to the Island. There are many wonderful things to do here! From sight seeing, cycling, swimming and dining this little Island has it all. Inis Oirr Ferries depart several times daily from Doolin.
Places to Stay on Inis Oirr
Inis Oirr is home to nearly 300 people. During the summer months Inis Oirr is one of the top must see places on the Wild Atlantic Way or when visiting Clare. There are many places to stay on the island. You can choose from Bed & Breakfast, hotel’s, hostel’s and self-catering.
Bed & Breakfast on Inis Oirr
Maire Searraigh Tel: +353 (0) 99 75024
Built in 1934 and totally renovated in 1998, Ard Mhuire is one of the longest established houses catering for tourists on Inis Oírr. We cater to your every wish and try to make your stay as pleasant as possible combining old world charm with modern luxury. Ard Mhuire is situated beside the pier and long sandy beach. Fáilte Ireland approved. For further information contact Úna McDonagh at Tel: +353 (0) 99 75005.
South Aran House is a traditional Irish Cottage with half doors and aquamarine colours set in its own flower garden. Retreats and lifestyle courses including Cookery, Yoga, Pilates and Transformation Game workshops available. Tel: +353 (0) 99 75073
Radharc an Chláir
Radharc an Chlair is located at Castle Village, a short walk from the pier and airstrip. Dormer windows and conservatory provide beautiful views of the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren and Connemara. The house is a haven of peace and tranquility. This guesthouse is Fáilte Ireland approved and featured on the Gulliver Ireland website. Open all year round. Dinner available for guests. For further information contact Bríd Póil at Tel: +353 (0) 99 75019.
Kate Uí Chonhaile Tel: +353 (0) 99 75106
Tigh Uí Chatháin
Tigh Uí Chatháin is situated at Formna Village. Guest rooms offer breathtaking views of Galway Bay and Inis Meáin. A fine, clean beach is located nearby, and the pier, airstrip and pubs are within walking distance. Comfort and hospitality are guaranteed. Your comfort and satisfaction is our concern.You will be made welcome. For further information contact Catherine at +353 (0) 99 75090
Guesthouses & Hotel’s on Inis Oirr
This is a family run guesthouse with a B&B feel run by the O’Conghaile family. There are 20 en-suite rooms available. Two bars are located on premises for traditional music and an excellent pint. Great food service, also available for weddings & parties of about 40-60 persons. For more information. Tel: +353 (0) 99 75002
This is a family run hotel which is Fáilte Ireland approved. Óstán Inis Oírr has been a family-run hotel since 1979. As Inis Oírr’s only hotel, they take pride in offering the island’s visitors unique and quality accommodation. All rooms are ensuite and a full breakfast is complimentary. At the end of the day, join them for dinner in their restaurant or pub for music and ‘craic’. Situated only 200m from the pier and just a 10 minute walk from the airstrip, no matter how you arrive to Inis Oírr, their door is close by. For further information on Inis Oirr’s Hotel: Call +353 (0) 99 75020.
The licensed campsite is ideally situated, close to the beach, playground, shop, cafes & restaurants. There are toilets, showers, and laundry facilities. For further information contact Comhar Caomhán Tel: +353 (0) 99 75008 or visit their website
Open May to September
A family run hostel, centrally located on Inis Oírr. Situated beside ferry port, beach, shops, and pubs with traditional music nightly. There is a combination of 4-6 bedded dorms, family and private rooms all with breathtaking views of the Galway Bay. The hostel also has a large self-catering kitchen and dining room as well as a common room with open fire, TV and video. Chosen as one of the best hostels in Ireland in Paul Kerr’s “Hostels Ireland” guide. Open March- October: group bookings all year.
IHH and Fáilte Ireland approved. For further information on the Inis Oírr Hostel: Tel +353 (0) 99 75024
Inis Oirr is filled with quaint cafes and great pubs with outdoor seating. There is also a small shop on Inis Oirr if you decide to have a picnic on the beach!
Restaurants on Inis Oirr
When travelling from Doolin to Inis Oirr make sure to bring your camera! Inis Oirr has so many places to see and things to do. The best way to get around Inis Oirr to see the sights is by bicycle, pony and cart or a walking tour.
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Some frequently asked questions about Inis Oirr:
1. How long does it take to get to Inis Oirr from Doolin?
It takes 15 minutes on Doolin Ferries fast ferry fleet.
2. Are there places to eat and drink on Inis Oirr?
Yes. There is a restaurant, cafes, and three pubs on the Island that serve food and beverages. There is a convenient shop (An Siopa) where food items can be purchased.
3. What is the latest return time from Inis Oirr to Doolin?
The latest ferry departing Inis Oírr to Doolin is 4:45pm. On Bank Holiday Weekends and summer months there may be an additional return time added. Passengers must check with our ticket office to confirm any later sailing times.
4. Can I take a Cliffs of Moher Cruise when I visit Inis Oirr?
Yes! You can add a Cliffs of Moher Cruise to any return journey. Check here for more cruise times.
Yes! Bring your dog from Doolin to Aran on the ferries.
Great and different way to visit cliffs of moher in clare ,see the wild life and if lucky the humpback whales.
Excellent service for years.
Great crew and beautiful sights!!