Guide to Inis Meain

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INIS MEÁIN RESTAURANT & SUITES
This  restaurant has transformed Inis Meain. Ruairi and Marie-Therese de Blacam serve excellent local food, including lobster and crab all fresh from the island currachs.  It is located 5 mins down the hill from the pub, in the direction of the knitwear factory.


AN DÚN
Recommended by the Bridgestone guide and Georgina Campbell, Padraic and Teresa Faherty run an excellent family restaurant under the pre-historic fort of  Dún Crocbhur. It is also a Bed & Brekfast . 


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An Dún offers the best of accommodation and food, approved by Fáilte Ireland. All rooms are ensuite and have wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean, neighbouring islands and the unique unspoilt environment of Inis Meáin. It is a family run, environmentally friendly businees, open all year, centrally located beside John Millington Synge's museum, shop, church and at the foot of a very well preserved pre-historic fort. The athmosphere at An Dún is very relaxed with homely, friendly, flexible and professional service.

Teresa and Padraic will advise you on walks which will take you through a maze of stone walls and rugged seashore. Nearby traditional thatched pub where you will hear our native Irish language spoken, and enjoy the starry night sky in safe and secure surroundings.
Padraic and Teresa Faherty
" An Dun "
Inis Meain
Aran Islands
Co Galway
Telephone Republic of Ireland 099-73047
Telephone International (+353)+(0)99-73047
Email: Padraic and Thresa
Website  for An Dun 



TIGH CHONGHAILE
Moore Village Inis Meain , Aran Islands Co Galway

Tel:+353 (0)99 73085
Moore Village, Inishmaan, Aran Islands, County Galway, Ireland
Arriving on Inis Meain by boat, you will see Tigh Congaile on the hill above the little port. It is a lovely pale primrose painted, green-silled house with a perfectly manicured lawn surrounding it, and it's just a 3-minute walk from the pier or the beach. Vilma Conneely worked in banking in California, met and married Padric, came back home with him and opened Tigh Congaile 15 years ago; so, on arrival, you are offered freshly brewed Guatemalan coffee to enjoy in the large dining room, which has a wonderful view and is hung with the work of local artists, displayed for sale.

An all day/evening menu on the wall is ideal for the non-stop visitors coming on to the island from the various ferries. Vilma specialises in organic and sea vegetables, and uses as much seafood as she can get locally and from Galway - she is lauded quietly by many of the marine biologists in UCG for her interest in this, and her wonderful Sea Vegetable Soup is a speciality known well beyond the islands.

Accommodation is in minimalist rooms with modern style wooden floor, comfortable beds and neat en-suite facilities - everything is immaculately clean and, of course, every room has a view to die for.

A la carte. House wine about €16. Children welcome (high chair, childrens menu, under 2s free in parents' room, cot available free of charge). Rooms 7 (all shower only, ground floor & no smoking, 1 family); B&B €38, ss €7. Fishing, cycling, walking, garden. Closed Oct-Easter. MasterCard, Visa, Laser.

  

THATCHED PUB - OSTA INIS MEÁIN
This is the traditional type pub and is situated on the main road that crosses the island. Cosy and intimate it has benefited from the smoking ban. The pub is rarely packed and the locals and tourists chat quietly. During the summer months musicians play traditional tunes. During the rest of the year a sing along can happen at any time.

OSTÁN INIS MEÁIN
The hotel is situated by the airstrip on the north of the island. A seemingly daunting walk from the more populated central road area. The hotel provides bar food and often runs wild ceilís into the small hours. Sadly it llooks like it belongs in a strip mall, with its massive car park out front...where are the cars, might ask?


B&B guide to Inis Meain

1. Ard Alainn B&B, Inis Meain, Aran Islands, Co. Galway, tel: +353 99 73027
3. Ostan Inis Meáin, Inis Mean, Aran Islands, Co. Galway, tel: +353 99 73020 / +353 87 2853443
4. Ostan Inis Meáin, Inis Mean, Aran Islands, Co. Galway, tel: +353 99 73020 / +353 87 2853443
5. An Dun, Inis Meain, Aran Islands, Co.Galway, tel: +353 99 73047
6. Creig Mor B&B, Inis Mean, Aran Islands, Co. Galway, tel: +353 99 73111

Can I get from from island to island?
Tricky and requiring patience and perseverence. There are boats every day. You pick up the Island Ferry boat on its way to Inis Oir or the Doolin Ferry on its way from Inis Oir to Inis Mor. Check times at the co-op on the island or with the ferry companies

Can I hire bikes?

Yes, on the island up from the pier, a 10 minute walk. 

Is there fishing, where and what tackle do I need ?
Bring you own light rod  - collapsible - with mackerel spinners, lights weights and feathers - plenty of fishing from the pier and rocks. Bring a lifejacket for safety


Can you buy fish from the local fishermen?
Yes at the pier every day - lobster also. ask for  Maritin or for Michael Concannon for lobster


Getting to Inis Méain

By car/bus and ferry from Rosaveal in Co Galway or Dooing in Co Care, or by pane from Connemara Regional Airport in Inverin


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Ferries
The Island Ferries boat  leaves Rossaveel (40 miles from Galway) at 9.30 am and 6.30 pm A shuttle bus leaves Eyre Sq Galway an hour before to get you to the boat on time.
These are passenger ferries only (no cars unless you take the cargo boat where you share the trip with cows and sheep).
 Departs from Rossaveal or Doolin.
 Boat trip takes 40  min. Ferry leaves at 10.30am and returns at 5.00pm. Extra trips are made  during the Summer months  (dep. 1.30pm - return 7.30pm ). Island Ferries Ph: +353-91-561767  :  email island@iol.ie  www.aranislandferries.com tel 00-353-91-568903  fax 353-91-568538 You should purchase your ticket for the boat in advance.
Doolin Ferries

Arriving via Shannon airport, you can travel via Doolin in County Clare,

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Doolin Ferries goes to  Inis Oir and Inis Meain as of May 2009.   There are several ferry companies operating between Doolin and Inis Oir: Doolin Ferries or  Cliffs & Aran Cruises

By Plane (7 minutes)
Scheduled flights depart from Inverin via Aer Aran Islands . Flight time approx. 7 min.  Daily flights to the three Islands all year long. Flights every hour during peak season. Check Flight Times here
Aer Aran Islands ph: (091) 593034 E-mail Aer Arann : aerarann@iol.ie



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The Discover Ireland official guide to Inis Meain The World66 Guide to Inis Meain The Hidden Ireland, read all about it here Want to speak Irish like a native? The place to come is the Aran Islands. There are 30 Irish language learning centres in the Gaeltacht, under the auspices of Údarás na Gaeltachta. These are the only accredited certificate courses available to people learning Irish and are graded to suit all abilities: Comharchumann Inis Oírr.099-75008. ccteo@eircom.net; Comharchumann Inis Meáin. ccimeáin@indigo.ie;

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