County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands: Places to Explore


Inis Meáin (Inishmaan)

The middle island in both size and location, Inis Meáin has a population of about 300 and can be comfortably explored on foot.

In fact, you have no alternative if you want to reach the island's major antiquities: Dún Conor (Conor Fort), a smaller version of Dún Aengus; the ruins of two early Christian churches; and a chamber tomb known as the Bed of Diarmuid and Grainne, dating from about 2000 BC. You can also take wonderful cliff walks above secluded coves.

It's on Inishmaan that the traditional Aran lifestyle is most evident. Most islanders still don hand-knitted Aran sweaters, though nowadays they wear them with jeans and sneakers.

Inis Meáin (Inishmaan) at a Glance