Inis Oirr

Inis Oírr (translates from Oirthir meaning “Eastern Island”) – the smallest of the three Aran Islands

  • Size: 3km by 2km
  • Population: 300 approx


The island enjoys a good tourist trade, mainly from Doolin, as it is only a 15 minute ferry across from here. There are many attractions here for both day-trippers and people who want to visit for longer.

Transport Options

Inis Oirr also has a good selection of transport options:

  • Mini-bus guided tour
  • Pony and trap guided tour
  • Hire a bicycle


Eat & Stay

Inis Oirr has a number of places for it’s visitors to enjoy good local food, from locally caught and sourced seafood, to the freshly baked brown bread made each and every day.
There is also a good number of Bed & Breakfasts on the island, as well as a hotel, guesthouse, campsite and hostel. If you would like more information on accomodation on Inis Oirr, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Historical Sites

Stone Fort – Dun Formna, built near the highest point on the island, contains O’Brien’s Castle within it’s wall

Churches – Cill Gobnait, Cill na n-Seacht Inion and St. Caomhan (St.Kevin’s) Church, the latter is a spectacular ruin, located in the graveyard on Inis Oirr. Over the years, sand has been blown in and around the church to make it appear as if it has sunk into the ground.


Recent History – The Plassey Shipwreck is a famous landmark on Inis Oirr, she wrecked here in March 1960. Read more about in in our Blog.

Arts CentreAras Eanna is the only Arts Centre in the Gaeltacht. Throughout the year therare exhibitions and workshops hosted here. See their comprehensive website for more information.