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Inis Meáin

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Inis Meáin, one of the Aran Islands in County Galway, West Ireland, is well named. It is the middle island of the three, and has a size and population also almost exactly halfway between that of the other two islands.

The island is 5km by 3km (about 3 by 2 miles) and has a population of approximately 170. These people mostly live along a three-km stretch of road that traverses the centre of the island east to west. The island is an Irish-speaking area, but most inhabitants can speak English, if they feel like speaking to tourists (which they may not).

Get in[edit]

Inis Meain is highly accessible from the sea, via the harbour on the north side of the island. Ferries run regularly between here and rosaveal, and sail 364 days a year except in the most extreme adverse weather conditions.

Get around[edit]





  • Ostan Inis Meain (Hotel Inis Meain), Lisheen Village, lnis Meain, The Aran lslands Co Galway (from the boat dock to the left, a large pink building; from the airport, turn left and walk 100 yards), +353 99 73020. From breakfast to closing time. The nearest place for food and accommodation to both the port and the airport. Panoramic views of Galway Bay.


The island has a single, and very fine, pub, Teach Ósta.


There are B&Bs; alternately, knock on a door and ask if you can pay to pitch a tent in their field.

  • An Dun B&B and Restaurant. ( Opposite the big stone fort just beyond the church.) Great place, spotless, with very friendly hosts, also does a great dinner in the evening if you tell them before mid-afternoon.
  • 1 Tig Congaile, Moore Village (straight form pier, first left, then right, then left, right again, 20 minute walk), +353 87 2035171. Check-in: 11, check-out: 12. Bed and breakfast and restaurant with scenic views looking out to the cliffs of Moher and Inis Oirr. Cuisine by the renowned chef Vilma a Guatemalan lady whose food is not to be missed. 45PPS.

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