Inspirational Island —
A raw limestone slab in the wild Atlantic
Inis Meáin offers the best of Ireland in one easily explored island – unparalleled natural beauty, culture, and history in a living community.
A location map and information on how to get here is available in our Travel Toolkit.
As the least developed of the three Aran Islands, its landscape, culture, and history can be explored in peace and at the visitor’s own pace. This combination of elemental beauty and personal space has long attracted independent thinkers and artists and has been the inspiration for many well-known works including JM Synge’s The Aran Islands
and Martin McDonogh’s recent The Cripple of Inishmaan
(an anglicisation of Inis Meáin).
Activities on the Island
As the island is just 5km by 3km, it is easily explorable by foot and bicycle. It is a haven for outdoor types looking for a "get away from it all" experience in a unique landscape.
Home to a close-knit irish-speaking community, the island features many historical and cultural sights of note, and inspiring natural terrain including beaches, cliffs, and limestone karst hosting unusual, wild, flora and fauna.
Shopping at the world-reknowned Inis Meáin Knitting Company factory store and socialising in the traditional island pub add to the attraction of Inis Meáin as a refreshing and unique destination.
Hiking There are stunning coastal hikes from two to eight hours in length which take in sea-cliffs, wave cut platforms, puffing holes, beaches and dunes. Enjoy your HotPot Lunch along the way in Synge’s Chair looking out over Galway Bay.
The Aran Islands
"I have come out of a hotel full of tourists and commercial travellers, to stroll along the edge of Galway Bay, and look out in the direction of the islands. The sort of yearning I feel towards those lonely rocks is indescribably acute."