Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Inishmore

Dun Aengus

Standing guard over Inishmore, Dun Aengus, 8km west of Kilronan, has three massive drystone walls that run right up to sheer drops to the ocean below. Believed to be up to 2000 years old, the fort is protected by re…
Historic Site in Inisheer

Tobar Éinne

Locals still carry out a pilgrimage known as the Turas to the Well of Enda, a bubbling spring in a remote rocky expanse in the southwest. The ceremony involves, over the course of three consecutive Sundays, picking …
Viewpoint in Inishmaan

Synge's Chair

At the desolate western end of the island, Synge's Chair is a viewpoint 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; do a…
Natural Pool in Inishmore

Wormhole

Access to this extraordinary rectangular natural tidal pool is via a 750m clifftop walk southeast from Dun Aengus or a 1km signposted walking path from the hamlet of Gort na gCapall. Dubbed 'Serpent's Lair', the poo…
Shipwreck in Inisheer

Plassy

A steam trawler launched in 1940, the Plassy was thrown onto the rocks on 8 March 1960 and driven onto the island a couple of weeks later after another storm. Its cargo of whiskey was never recovered but miraculousl…
Ruins in Inishmore

Teampall Chiaráin

Located 1.5km northwest of Kilronan, this small church is believed to have been founded in the 12th century by St Kieran, who studied under St Enda and later went on to establish his own monastery on the mainland at…
Historic Building in Inisheer

O'Brien's Castle

Built in 1585 on the island's highest point, this tower house was constructed within the remains of a ring fort called Dún Formna, dating from as early as the 1st century AD. The 100m climb rewards with a sweeping p…
Ruins in Inishmore

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. Enda, the Aran Island…
Historic Site in Inishmore

Na Seacht dTeampaill

The small early Christian ruins known rather inaccurately as the Na Seacht dTeampaill (Seven Churches) comprise just two ruined churches, along with monastic houses, fragments of a high cross from the 8th or 9th cen…
Historic Site in Inishmore

Dún Dúchathair

Dramatically perched on a clifftop promontory 2km southwest of Kilronan, this ruined ancient fort has terraced walls up to 6m high surrounding the remains of a clochán (early Christian beehive-shaped hut). Its name,…