Inis Oírr (Inisheer) is the smallest of the three Aran Islands. Its name means “Back Island” and is the closest island to Doolin Pier. The population of Inis Oírr is about 300 people. Our new DOOLIN EXPRESS ferry provides the fastest crossing to the Aran Islands with only a 15 minute journey from Doolin to Inis Oírr.
Inis Oírr is a charming island with a lot to offer. Visitors to this island can enjoy medieval ruins, seal colonies, a shipwreck (of Father Ted fame), fantastic walks, and much more.
While on Inis Oírr you get the true feeling that the islands were once part of The Burren, Co. Clare. The flora and landscape of this island has northern and alpine species which are rare and under conservation order. All visitors are advised to be respectful of the natural environment when visiting. Looking out onto the Clare Coastline you witness breath-taking views of the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher from a truly unique perspective.
This island is highly recommended for families with children big and small. The main sights of Inis Oírr are all easily accessible from the port of arrival. Upon your arrival you will meet an array of touring options such as Bike Hire, Horse and Carts, and also Mini Bus tours. There is a newly built playground which is located just behind the beach making it an ideal area for picnicking. The beach lies just to the left of the Pier where you arrive.
Located just behind the beach and playground area you will find sport is alive and well this island. Inis Oírr has recently installed an AstroTurf alongside their sporting pitch and hosted the All Ireland Islands Gaelic Football Tournament in 2013. Doolin Ferry with Bill O’Brien Est. 1970 is a proud sponsor of the Aran Islands Football team.
There are many cafes and places to have lunch or dinner on Inis Oírr. There are 3 Pubs serving food & refreshments, a small convenient store for bits & pieces, and an array of cafes for delicious island fare. We can’t possibly say enough about Inis Oírr. It is truly a special place and happens to be one of our favourites!
Join our crew on a one hour journey you will be sure to remember taking in wildlife, nature, and the history of our stunning coastline. Don’t forget your cameras for this awarded a ‘Top 12 Ireland Experience’! Witness breathtaking views of Ireland’s most famous vista by sea.
• Enjoy the racket from the breeding migrating seabirds on the cliffs – Ireland’s Largest Seabird Colony at the Great Sea Stack
• Be awed by the power of nature below the 214 metre cliffs edge
• Often basking sharks, dolphins, puffins, and Wild Atlantic life pass by or come and play with the boat
• Live expert on board commentary, entertaining and informing
With your combined ticket you will depart Inis Oirr at 13.45, returns via the Cliffs of Moher and arrives in Doolin at 3pm approx.