The island has a beautiful long sandy beach with crystal clear waters. This beach is safe for swimming and during the summer months there is a lifeguard on duty during the day. Rod fishing from the main pier or along the coast line at high tide is a great relaxing pastime whilst on the island. Mackerel are an easy catch when in season during the summer and anyone who casts a line is guaranteed to catch one or two!
Pony and Traps
You can hire a traditional 'Pony & Trap' on the pier upon arriving, or you may be picked up as you walk along the winding paths. These traps are driven by friendly islander jarveys who will talk about the island with you and answer all your questions about island life. This is a lovely way to see the island and there is no more stylish way to arrive at your accommodation than in a horse and carriage!
YBicycles are the best way to get around, meeting people along the
way you will get a better feel of island life. Bikes can be hired on
arrival at the top of the pier. Mountain bikes of all sizes can be rented
out, at very competitive daily and weekly rates from the bicycle hire.
Sarah and her brother Michael will be very happy to help you plan your
day. They provide a free map upon which the islands sites are marked.
They are open daily from 9am to 7pm and look forward to meeting you.
For further information on Bicycle hire phone (099) 75033.
Art & Heritage Center
Áras Éanna, the island's arts and heritage centre was established in 2000, the building is a converted weaving factory originally built in 1982. As a contemporary arts centre, Áras Éanna runs a residency programme for visiting artists from Ireland and abroad. Artists stay for up to 4 months and exhibiting their work. There is also a theatre where films, concerts and plays are shown regularly. Archive films are shown during the day. For further information, contact Aonghus Dwane at (099) 75150 or click here to go to the Áras Éanna website.
Located in the arts centre Áras Éanna, two islanders carry on the traditional island art of basket making. In their studio they can be seen soaking the reeds and making the actual baskets. These baskets are priced very reasonably and are well worth taking a visit to see. Contact Cathleen at (099) 75150.
Aran sea angling. A beautiful traditional Aran cottage which is self catering may be hired as well as an orkney longliner bareboat charter. The cottage and the boat can be hired as a package and this is a great opportunity to fish to your hearts content while living in a beautiful cottage. For more information call Enda direct at: (099) 75073
Day trips can be taken to the other islands from Inis Oírr or to the mainland from the pier in Inis Oírr. Information about these trips can be obtained directly from the ferry and plane companies.
Crafts and Services
CLEAS: Visit our translation, basketry and weaving business in Áras
Éanna: For further information contact CLEAS: Tel./Fax: 099
During the summer months, adults wishing to improve their Irish meet
once a week. For further information contact Glór na nGael at +353 (0)99
75979 or e-mail CLEAS .
Irish Language Courses Inis Oírr hosts courses for secondary school students wishing to improve their Irish during June, July and August.