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Fall in love with Inis Oirr

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Written by ClareWithTheHair

Fall in love with Inis Oirr

I have lived very close to Inis Oirr all my life but as with so many things, when they are on the doorstep we tend to take them for granted and this week was my first visit ever to Inis Oirr. Trust me go once and you like me will Fall in love with Inis Oirr.

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Our Horse ride around Inis Oirr

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Not to be missed, you will find the fudge hut 1/2 way between the pier and the beach

Lets start by talking through how you get to the Island, I used the boats from Doolin but there are others options (see them all here) Head to the pier in Doolin where you will find a large but very busy car park that is a pay and display parking spot, be aware you will needs coins to pay for parking at the pier in Doolin. It is €3 for a few hours , €5 for up to 30 hours and €15 for a weeks parking.

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The view as you approach the Island 

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Plassey Shipwreck

Once you have paid and displayed for the parking then head to the ticket office to buy your ferry ticket, they have a number of options including muti island tours, cliff tours and more (see all of the options here) I was just going to Inis oirr and back, the cost to go out to Inis Oirr and back is €20 per person (adult) (See full price list HERE). Plus see all the sailing times for the boats going to and from Inis Oirr. (see the times here)

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The only shop and it closes at 7pm

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No matter where you are on the island the view is incredible

I went out for a day trip and once I returned home I booked a two day trip for later in the week, that how fabulous Inis Oirr is.

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Do not miss the spectacular sunset on Inis Oirr

What is there to do on Inis Oirr?

You would think being the smallest of the Aran Islands that Inis Oirr might not have much to do but you would be very wrong. I have just spent three days this week out there and I didn’t manage to fit everything in.

I began my visit with a trip around the Island with Kevin Joe on his horse and cart, these cost about €10 per person and children are free, not a bad deal really. We went up to see The Plassey Shipwreck, this was the ship used in the opening credits of Father Ted. We went all around the island with Kevin talking us though life on the Island and pointing out all the area’s of interest. A lovely way to start any visit to Inis Oirr and there is no need to pre book, the pier will be filled with people to assist in anything you wish to do.

Bike hire is very popular on the Island and while I did not do this I can see why it is a great thing to do, the island is small, the roads are narrow, and if you have a few hours and you want to see as much as possible then get a bike (its about €10 per person to hire one) and take off around the island.

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The Plassey again

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Where to eat on Inis Oirr?

Of coarse you could just lounge on one of Irelands most beautiful beaches or sample some of the famous Inis Beer in Irelands top rated beer garden at Tigh Ned (see their wonderful bar, restaurant, garden HERE)

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Hello to the tastiest freshest lobster in the world 

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Tea and scone with the best view at Tigh Ned Pub & Restaurant 

I sampled the beer and ate the Crab claws and Lobster here, and my oh my it was all incredible, the fish is as fresh as you will ever get it and it is prepared perfectly. (See their sample menu and price list HERE).

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Fresh fish all over the island

We also sampled the food in Teach an Tae (the islands tea rooms) and in Tigh Ruairi, both were really lovely. There really is a whole host of dining options, far more than you might expect for a small Island with a population of about 300 people (see the full list here).

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Berry scones are Teach an Tae

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Menu at Teach an Tae

Where to stay on Inis Oirr?

The island has a hotel, a hostel, a campsite, b&b’s as well as entire houses that you might wish to rent out.

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The sign at An Creagan B&B

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We stayed in one of the newest B&B’s on the island An Creagan, this is a lovely property that is spotless with stunning views and a fabulous power shower but we booked through Bookings.com who advise that this is a 2 minute walk to the beach, the beach is a good 10 minute walk away, The lonely planet (and bed and breakfast.eu) tell us that there is a shuttle service upon arrival at the pier but again this is not the case, I phoned and was told to use google maps on my phone and just be warned the wifi is not very good on the Island. Check in was grand and there was no one there when we checked out. The girl that was in doing the breakfast was warm, friendly and offered a lot of advise on what we could do on the Island, however the property owners had little to say, it was not a warm welcome and while the property is affordable (€80 for the two of us per night including breakfast) I am not sure I would re book.

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How to get to Inis Oirr?

We traveled from Doolin with Bill O’Brien Ferries but there are a number of other option including a short plane journey (see all options here)

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See a full list of places to stay on Inis Oirr HERE

We absolutely loved our visit to Inis Oirr and I can not wait to take others out to see what all the fuss is about soon.

Fall in love with Inis Oirr

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