ATTRACTIONS OF INIS MÓR
IONAD ÁRAINN (HERITAGE CENTRE)
A guided tour through the Centre will take you back more than two thousand years in the life and times of the Aran Islands. Vivid exhibitions here will introduce you to the landscape, traditions and culture of these harsh, yet beautiful Atlantic Isles. The Centre is some three minutes walk from the village of Kilronan.
DÚN AENGUS & DÚN DUCHATHAIR (STONE FORTS)
These cliffs feature examples of pre-historic settlements on Inis Mór. Dun Aengus is an impressive stone fort built on Inis Mór. The fort has been described as one of the most magnificent of its kind in Europe. It comprises three concentric semicircle stone walls of huge thickness and height. Both forts are surrounded by the defensive feature – chevaux de frise (a medieval defensive obstacle). On clear days, you can see for miles offering the most spectacular views on the island.
DÚN EOCHLA (STONE FORT)
Prehistoric Fort circular ringfort on a hill in the centre of the island, position that allowed an almost complete vision of all the surrounding area.
DÚN EOGHANACHTA (STONE FORT)
This ringfort was constructed far away from the sea to the West of the island. Some stones are arranged as stairs they allowing the passage between the several levels.
CLOCHÁN NA CARRAIGE(BEE HIVE HUT)
These stone houses are unusual as they are oval shaped outside yet inside they are rectangular, the best example of this is situated near Cill Mhuirbihigh (Killmurvey). Inside there are with two small openings to the North-west and South-East, a small window is situated on the wall to the South-West.
NA SEACHT D’TEAMPALL (THE SEVEN CHURCHES)
A prime example of Inis Mór’s Christian heritage, most of the buildings remain standing in ruins. This monastic site can be found at Eoghanacht, just north off the main road on the island.
TEAMPALL BHEANAIN (CHURCH)
This is reputedly smallest church in the world, in contrast with churches elsewhere it is notable for its North – South orientation.
Horse Riding now available on Inis Mór – for further information contact 086 1991372/086 2328048.
WHERE TO STAY
EAT & DRINK
Inis Mór is the largest of the three islands. It’s principal village is Kilronan where there is a good, deep harbour. An excellent Visitor’s Centre, Ionad Arainn, for the history and culture of the island.
Inis Meáin the middle island. There is one pub which is thatched and kept in the old traditional style. There is no bank on the island, so the bank flies in with Aer Arann once a month for business.
Inis Oírr, the smallest island, contains the ruins of St. Kevin’s Church, or Teampal Chaomhain, now sunk deeply into a sandy hill close to the shore. The saint’s feast day is June 14th.