South Aran House Inis Oirr


Inisheer on the wild atlantic way   also known as Inishere and by its official name Inis Oirr or among seafarers as South Aran

is the smallest of the Aran Islands and is closest to Doolin and the Cliffs of Moher.

If you come from either Doolin or Rossaveal you will arrive at the main Pier

close to the beautiful beach.

Detail Altar Stone Teampall Chaomhain Inisheer Galway Bay South Aran Lighthouse in Mid Winter Galway Bay High Tide Pipers Rock Near Seal Colony South Aran Cnoc Raithnigh Burial Mound Inis Oirr

To the right about five minutes walk away is the South Aran Restaurant where you can get your bearings and plan your exploring.

The Island is dominated by O'BRIEN'S CASTLE from the 14th Century and further south

the MARTELLO TOWER from the early 19th century .

Cill na Seacht nInion Inis Oirr Aran O Briens Castle inside Stone age Fort Inis Oirr Aran Leac Cranaill With South Aran Lighthouse And Cliffs of Moher in background  

O Briens Castle is built inside a Stone Age fort DUN FORMNA all three testament to the importance

of Inisheer as guarding the preferred South Channel into Galway Bay. This is where the VOLVO

OCEAN RACE passed on their way into and out of Galway for the famous stopover.

Old harbour near South Aran House Inisheer Galway
Cormorants Relaxing Loch Mor Inisheer

The PLASSEY shipwreck from March 1960 now famous in the opening scene of Father Ted
has been tossed up by the Atlantic winter storms
and is now nearly 40 meters from the normal high tide !

The local Coast Rescue unit saved all aboard the ship when it ran aground on that cold and windy

March night in 1960.


    Old Harbour near South Aran HouseTwelve Pins and Connemara in Background    

Close by the South Aran Restaurant is CILL GHOBNAIT
ll Ghobnait Inisheer
with the remains of a BEEHIVE dwelling and

some graves in the site. There you will find a rare Twin Fairy Tree.
Cnoc Raithnigh Burial Mound Inis Oirr

A Loop starting at South Aran Restaurant takes you out along the western shore of the Island

Past the SEAL COLONY near Pipers Rock
 Colony South Aran
(ask at South Aran restaurant about the myths associated with this) and on out to TOBAR EINNE

Tobar Einne Inisheer Aran Islands
taking a left turn when you reach the tarmac path

the holy well of Saint Enda which is still a place of pilgrimage for those who know.

Continuing past the well the path turns left and shows the amazing stone walls which are the

a constant wonder to all visitors. Continue on past cill Ghobnait and back again to South Aran Restaurant

Inishere won a Gold Medal in the Liv.Com awards in China November 2013 which are known as the "Green Oscars"

 

 

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South Aran House, Inisheer Aran Islands, Co Galway. Ireland
 

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