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Inishmaan - (Inis Meáin), Aran Islands, Galway, Republic of Ireland

Usually the quietest and least visited of the Aran Islands, Inishmaan is truly an escape from the modern world, a place where beauty, tradition and culture combine in a rugged windswept landscape.

Inishmaan, or Inis Meáin is Aran’s Middle Island. It is the quietest of the three Aran Islands and a place to escape the crowds.

A maze of narrow winding roads, sheltered paths and trails criss cross the island, from the rocky hillsides of the south to the deserted sandy beaches on the north shore. Wild flowers bloom everywhere and numerous examples of early settlements dot the limestone karst landscape.

The incredible oval fort of Dún Chonchúir can be found here and so too are the beautiful Cill Cheanainn and the church of Mary Immaculate with its magnificent stained glass windows by the famed Harry Clarke Studios. Nearby is Teach Synge, the restored island cottage of writer John Millington Synge, for whom the island was a favourite retreat.

Inishmaan island hosts a centre running renowned Irish language and culture courses; where you can learn about the history and traditions of the island from music and poetry to set dancing and ecology.

Inishmaan is also home to the award winning Inis Meáin restaurant and guest suites. Drop in for an extraordinary dining experience. The main ingredients used in this restaurant are sourced on the island itself, including lobster and crab caught by local fishermen from currachs, the traditional island fishing boats.