1 Day
Duration
West of Ireland
Location

Inis Oirr, Plassy Shipwreck, Lahinch Surfing Town

Today we spend a whole day on the Gaelic speaking island of Inis Oirr. Enjoy the 30 min boat trip across Galway Bay, until we reach the quiet and peaceful island. This is a self-guided tour of the island with optional means of transport around the island, that will last up to 4 hours. Visit the Plassy Shipwreck and the island’s castle for a 360-degree view of the stone-walled island.

Sample some of the delicious seafood, straight from the sea onto your plate, before catching the last ferry to leave the island.

HIGHLIGHTS

The boat trip to/from the island (look out for the many dolphins and wildlife)

Spectacular Wild Atlantic Ocean views

The amazing Plassy Shipwreck

A maze of stone walls and patchwork green fields

Speak with a truly old Gaelic community

Gaze out upon spectacular landscapes

Experience the wild nature of Ireland

 

INCLUSIONS

Your local Irish Guide

All transport around the West Coast of Ireland

Cost of the boat trip to the island

 

FREETIME

Get lost in your thoughts while walking a your own pace along the narrow country island roads

Explore the colourful town of Lahinch

Additional information

Departure PointCork – 8.30am entrance to Castlewhite Appts on Western Rd, Cork – 8.45am entrance to Dunnes Stores on Merchants Quay, Limerick – 10.30am flagpole entrance to University of Limerick, Kerry – 8.30am entrance to Tralee Bus Station

Early Morning

Our first stop of the day is at Bunratty Castle. This is just a photo and restroom stop. Use this time to get some awesome photos of Ireland’s best example of an Anglo-Norman tower house castle. Or just pop into the world famous Woollen Mills for some souvenirs to bring home.

From there we slip back onto the motorway and head in the direction of West Clare. Learn the history of the area and about the rural lifestyle enjoyed by the local people of the area with the amazing views of lush green grass, rocky cliffs and varying shades of sea and

Early Afternoon

At 11am we will arrive at the small port of Doolin to catch the ferry to the smallest and less inhabited of the Aran islands, Inis Oirr.

Inis Oirr (Eastern Island) is only a 30-minute ferry journey from Doolin. There are many attractions to be found here – ancient castles, a shipwreck, a lighthouse, one of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches, and several fine pubs and cafes. The 3 pubs all serve good, local food and traditional Irish music can be heard on a daily basis.

There are a number of ways to see the island while you are there. You can walk along the many quiet roads, rent a bicycle on the island, or take a guided tour in one of the pony & traps or tour buses.

If ‘a world can be seen in a grain of sand’ then a world might also be seen in a small Atlantic Island, or even in the eyes of a curious visitor.

We who live on Inis Oirr / Inisheer are little attuned to describing life on this bounded Island of big sky’s and shimmering seas, we simply live in the wondrous mystery and sense of it all.

Perhaps this mythic sense of ourselves is an abiding vestige of a bygone world, a world of seasonal rounds, endless stories, pastoral folkways, tidal time and that vast auditory imagination – still played out in recursive island music and lively conversation.

Whatever makes up this Island cultural blend, it seems to speak across the generations; a dynamic mix of new and old, forever enriched by those who visit and invest new texture.

Visitors to our island love the peace, the quaintness, and the friendliness of people. Islanders wave or nod a salute to you, which visitors adore. Visitors come for the natural beauty – just to go for a walk in the fresh air and the silence. It’s a beautiful place to just ‘get away from it all’.

Whether your curiosity for the spirit of a place is active or passive, you will find a full expression of it on Inis Oirr / Inisheer.

Inis Oirr will ignite the artist/explorer/historian/photographer in you…truly spectacular.

“Escape to a tiny Aran island of seals, birds and rich Irish history.
Inisheer is a magical spot, the smallest of the Aran islands. It’s full of its own history: a bronze age burial site, a 10th-century church, a shipwrecked freighter stranded on rocks. The chances are you already know it – the island features in the opening sequence of Father Ted. It’s a tiny place. You can hire bikes, then spin around the stone-walled lanes and stop for a picnic under a vast sky. Wildflowers flourish, seals sunbathe, birds pass through – all heaven for photographers, who love the light.

Late Afternoon

After the island, we will make our back to Lahinch town where you will have time to grab a quick snack for the journey home.

All good things must come to an end, we make our way back to our departure point, with our funny guides telling jokes and playing music along the way to keep you entertained.

FROM CORK: 

DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:

Merchants Quay (Riverside City Centre Bus Stop) at 8.45AM – SEE HERE
 
Bus Stop at the entrance to Castlewhite Apts on Western Road at 8.30AM – SEE HERE

FROM LIMERICK:

DEPARTURE POINT INFORMATION:

9.15am departure from University of Limerick (Upon request only)

9.30am departure from Arthurs Quay

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