Top Choice Historic Site in Inishmór

Dún Aengus

Three spectacular prehistoric forts stand guard over Inishmór, each believed to be around 2000 years old. Chief among them is Dún Aengus, with three massive drystone walls that run right up to sheer drops to the oce…
Top Choice Historic Site in Inisheer

Tobar Éinne

Locals still carry out a pilgrimage known as the Turas to the Well of Enda, an ever-burbling spring in a remote rocky expanse in the southwest. The ceremony involves, over the course of three consecutive Sundays, pi…
Arts Centre in Inisheer

Áras Éanna

Inisheer's large community arts centre sits out on an exposed stretch of the northern side of the island, a 15-minute walk from the village, hosting visiting artist events, cultural programs and performances.
Historic Building in Inishmaan

Teach Synge

This thatched cottage, on the road just before you head up to the fort Dún Chonchúir, is where the writer JM Synge spent his summers between 1898 and 1902.
Viewpoint in Inishmaan

Synge's Chair

At the desolate western edge of the island, Synge's Chair is a lookout at the edge of a sheer limestone cliff with the surf from Gregory's Sound booming below. The cliff ledge is often sheltered from the wind, so do…
Historic Site in Inisheer


Dating from 1960, this iconic island sight was a freighter that was thrown up on the rocks in bad weather. Miraculously, all on board were saved; Tigh Ned's pub has a collection of photographs and documents detailin…
Historic Building in Inisheer

O'Brien's Castle

A 100m climb to the island's highest point yields dramatic views over clover-covered fields to the beach and harbour. This 15th-century church (Caisleán Uí Bhriain) was built within the remains of a ring fort called…
Historic Building in Inisheer

Teampall Chaoimháin

Named for Inisheer's patron saint, who is buried close by, the roofless 10th-century Church of St Kevin and small cemetery perch on a tiny bluff near the Strand. On the eve of St Kevin's 14 June feast day, a mass is…
Ruins in Inishmór

St Enda's Monastery

Near the airstrip are the sunken remains of a church; the spot is said to have been the site of St Enda's Monastery in the 5th century, though what's visible dates from the 8th century onwards.
Ruins in Inishmór

Teampall Chiaráin

The ruins of numerous stone churches identify the island's monastic history. This small church, with a high cross in the churchyard, is near Kilronan.