Aran Islands - Inisheer - Inis Oírr
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Comhar Cumann Inis Oirr, Inis Oirr (Inishere), Oileain Arann (Aran Islands), Galway, Republic of Ireland
The smallest and most easterly of the Aran Islands, 8 kilometres off the coast of County Clare, Inisheer is a tranquil place, perfect for quiet contemplation and relaxed walks.
Inisheer (Inis Oírr) lies 8 kilometres off the coast of County Clare. It is an Island of sheer beauty and wandering along its shores it's easy to get the impression that you have the whole world to yourself.
Inisheer has probably been inhabited for 5,000 years but the earliest evidence of civilisation is at Cnoc Raithní, a Bronze Age burial mound dating from 1500BC. Nearby are Teampall Chaomhán, a Medieval church ruin half buried in the sand and the 16th Century Caisleán Uí Bhríain, an imposing three storey tower house built within a Stone Age fort. To the north of the island golden sandy beaches offer safe swimming and stunning vistas of Connemara, while the eastern shore boasts a shipwreck and breathtaking views of the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren.
The island also has an arts and cultural centre, Áras Éanna, where you can attend workshops, see exhibitions and learn about traditional culture. If you visit in August you may get to see the traditional currach boat races.