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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…
Top Choice Pub in Inishmore

Tí Joe Watty's Bar

Warmed by peat fires, the island's oldest and most popular pub has trad sessions every night in summer from 9pm and weekends the rest of the year. Darts night on Wednesday is a local fixture. There's a large beer ga…
Top Choice International in Inishmore

Bayview Restaurant

Inside a landmark sunset-pink building 200m west of the pier, Bayview's dining room showcases local art. Lunch features classics such as Guinness beef stew, while dinner ups the ante with whole lobster, chargrilled …
Music in Inisheer

Craiceann

Inisheer reverberates to the thunder of traditional drums at the end of June with Bodhrán classes, workshops and concerts. Craiceann takes its name from the Irish word for 'skin', referring to the goatskin used to m…
Cultural in Inishmore

Tedfest

Held during the purgatory of tourism (late February or early March, with all accommodation on the island reserved for festival ticket holders), this four-day carnival of nonsense celebrating the cult TV show Father …
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…