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macathlaoich
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
The Island is unspoilt and still maintains its charm unlike the two neighbouring Islands. A swim on the north East beach just beside the airstrip is an amazing experience, the cleanest waters you'll step foot in. We stayed in An Dún b&b which was lovely, fantastic food served from their kitchen. You can visit JM Synge's cottage where he stayed while on the island right next door, and down the road see the stunning stained glass windows designed by Harry Clarke. A visit to Inis Meáin knitwear should be top of your list, and witness this globally recognised industry which has been operating successfully for decades. Overseeing this factory is the stunning suites, six in total and restaurant for guests. There's a lengthy waiting list to book a place here but it's worth it.
Written 20 August 2021
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Catherine F
Galway, Ireland23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Beautiful home cooked fresh food and excellent service in family run cafe baile, gluten and dairy free options available Fantastic pint of Guinness in teach osta. All the locals were very friendly and island is clean and unspoilt. Extraordinary views from dun chonchuir. The village is a 20-30 minute walk from pier. Taxi minibus is available. Three marked walking trails.
Written 2 August 2021
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Gl0balCitizen2013
United Kingdom2,806 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
As part of my graduate degree in English Literature at Loreto College, Calcutta, I studied J.M Synge's "Riders to the Sea" and was introduced to the hard life of the Aran Islands that his play depicts. Life has brought me far from the Oriental shores where I grew up, to the Lake District in England. This summer, when I had the opportunity to visit the Aran Islands, I decided that the only Aran Island worth visiting for me is Inis Meain, where Synge lived. I wanted to follow his footsteps, to the least visited Aran Island- the middle island. Synge's Cottage and Synge's Chair were of special interest to me, and I got to see both on my day trip to the island.

My visit to Synge's Cottage was made very memorable by Theresa, a lovely lady, who is resolutely maintaining the cottage, which belongs to her family and keeping the legacy of Synge alive. She is a wonderful storyteller and her tour of the cottage is quite atmospheric and you get to see exactly what kind of cottage Maurya, the central character of the play, "Riders to the Sea" lived in. Synge himself lived in the cottage and one can appreciate his great love for the island, that he chose to forgo the comfort of his privileged background and live humbly, just like the Aran islanders. For me, the visit to the cottage was quite emotional, given my personal & literary resonances. My only regrets are that I forgot to sign in the visitor's book or take a selfie with Theresa!

We were on the island for only 5-6 hours and had the island practically to ourselves, while exploring it. We did stop for tea at An Dun Café and visited Don Conchuir, the fort which is opposite the café. We stopped by the tranquil Catholic church with beautiful stained-glass windows made by Harry Clarke studios. We did not have time to visit the village shop for souvenirs, since we had to hot foot back to the pier to catch our return ferry to Rossvael(the only & last one daily).

I would have liked to explore Inishmaan at a more sedate pace, but did not have the time to do so.While waiting for our ferry back to Rossevael, we struck up a conversation with a lovely German lady called Heidi from Hamburg and her extended family, who were also exploring the island. The other day trippers going back were a couple of workmen. I must also warn you that if you get sea sick, the ferry ride to Inis Meain on choppy seas isn't advisable. We went to Inis Meain on a stormy day with high winds, and both my daughter and I felt quite sea sick on the hour long ferry journey, but we managed to overcome our sickness with a few coping strategies!

Inis Meain is the least touristy island among the Aran Islands and I think the islanders prefer to keep it that way. Therefore, if you like solitude, do not mind walking or the lack of tourist facilities and have a love for literature, history & culture, then Inis Meain is for you.
Written 9 October 2018
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Djmccarten
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
There’s just no place like it. Visit off season for a truly transformative experience. If you like to walk.... if you like to reflect... maybe you like to write. Come to Inis Meain
Written 29 August 2018
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peigseaghdha
Killarney, Ireland17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
Partaking in a week long Irish course on Inis Meáin was so full of culture and heritage. Wonderful people, teachers and guides. We had class in the mornings and an outing every evening. It was so wonderful that our teachers were natives of the island. This ensured that we got a most authentic experience. The food at an Dún was so good - exceptional really - all made from local produce.
Written 13 August 2018
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porterIreland
Dublin, Ireland653 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
On a glorious day a visit to Inis Meain, the middle island of the Aran Islands is a wonderful experience. This is a quiet island with not a lot going on here but it’s a peaceful, tranquil, happy place and when you do make it to the Cafe Baile for the cup you won’t be disappointed by this lovely cafe. Worth a visit, you can get a ferry from Doolin.
Written 26 June 2018
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SeosamhOC
Dublin, Ireland469 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Many people say the island is untouched by modernity or unspoiled. That’s not necessarily true, there are some modern aspects such as [a few] small motorcycles, cars and tractors humming around, and you can fly to the island from the regional Connemara airport. I had no difficulty accessing the internet or making calls etc. However, it is a great example of a place that refuses to be pressed into commercialism and this is the reason that I loved Inis Meáin.

The natives of the island are not unfriendly although do not seem encourage typical commercial tourism. From the little I’ve learned the Islanders appear (for the most part) content with the way of life. I believe it’s up to visitors to adapt to the Island and its way of life. The island is primarily Irish-speaking and part of the Gaeltacht, though everyone we spoke with had perfect English.

There is one pub where you can get most regular drinks at a fair price and you can have snacks e.g. toasted sandwich. There is a little café ‘Café Baile’ which is run by a local lady at her house, selling homemade soups, cakes and sandwiches. We tried it out and found the food to be average, the outside sitting area delightful, and the interior sitting area a little uncomfortable and could benefit from an enhanced sanitizing regime, also the prices are up there with city levels. The lady who runs the Cafe was very welcoming and friendly, we did enjoy the coffee.

Highlights of the trip were: dinner at the Inis Meáin Restaurant and suites (for this you must book well in advance which will require you to spend at least one night on the island… well worth it). The island itself is beautiful and serene and of course you should make an effort to unobtrusively converse with the local people and have a pint at the pub.
Written 22 June 2018
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Djmccarten
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
I am presently finishing a week in Inis Meain. We have walked every day in the most beautiful landscapes/seascapes that nature has to offer. We have relaxed in the quiet and quintessentially Irish pub. We have walked the roads for hours and not been passed by three or four cars - every one of those scarce drivers giving the Irish wave. This is the last outpost of the Ireland of the past. It is the unspoiled edge of Europe. I hesitate to write such a review out of fear that other tourists will come and spoil the place more than I have by being here this week.
Written 22 March 2018
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Anna N
Galway, Ireland495 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Friends
Freshness and breath taking one by one and this is great to visit as the weekend journey the Wildlife and Nature the houses of ancient ancestors restored JM Synge's house restored and stained glasses restored and the unspoiled nature if the wild life is preserved.
Written 7 May 2017
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LChristop
Limerick, Ireland216 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Solo
I have been a frequent visitor to the two other Aran Islands, i.e. Inisheer and Inismor and always enjoyed the experiences. I was told that Inismaan was the least developed of the three so this was my first visit.
The island is very beautiful with fabulous views and one can take fantastic photographs of the wonderful unspoiled land and sea scapes.
However, from a tourist perspective, the island is poorly served with limited amenities, unlike the other two islands.
The small village is quite a distance from the harbour and all up hill. Taxi services are limited and hard to find, there are no bicycles for hire and no island tours on offer by pony & trap or taxi services.
One gets the sense that the islanders do not want tourists to the extent that they are almost unwelcoming. Most islanders I passed did not even salute me and the lady in the pub, where I had coffee and a sandwich, made no conversation with me even though I was the only customer at the time. The only person who was welcoming and helpful was a young woman living on the island but who is originally from Wexford.
Restaurants on the island are also limited and were not open on a full time basis so food was difficult to come by. There is only one pub which is very nicely appointed, but it does not serve lunches, only sandwiches.
So, in conclusion, this is a great place to visit for 4 -5 hours if you like peacefulness, picturesque views, photography etc., but bring a food pack with you just in case restaurants are closed on the day you visit. Perhaps these are opened on a full time basis in July & August but I do not know.
Written 9 September 2015
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