Inisheer hotels and hostels
Book well in advance during Craiceann week in June. There is camping (with toilets and showers) at the official site by the main beach. There are three pubs, all worth a visit.
Fisherman's Cottage & South Aran House
Slow-food enthusiasts run this sprightly B&B and cafe that's a mere five-minute walk from the pier. Lavender grows in profusion at the entrance; follow your nose.
Óstán Inis Oírr
The Flaherty family’s modern hotel, just up from the Strand, has 14 homey rooms and serves hearty meals in its pub and restaurant (mains €8 to €14, open lunch and dinner). On chilly nights, set your electric blanket to 11.
As central as it gets, this 1934 double-decker house is to the left of the pier. It's home to the Conneely family, who have refurbished the guest rooms and put on a fine breakfast; dinner can also be arranged.
Brú Radharc Na Mara Hostel
Handily located next to a pub and by the pier, this spotless hostel has ocean views, a large kitchen, a warming fireplace and bikes for hire. The owners also run the adjacent B&B (rooms €50), with basic rooms.
Radharc An Chláir
This pleasant, modern B&B near O'Brien's Castle has views of the Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay. Book several weeks ahead, as hostess Brid Poil's home cooking draws many repeat visitors. Guests can arrange evening meals (€20).
Rory Conneely's atmospheric digs host live music sessions in the cosy pub. There are 20 basic rooms, many with views across the waters.