Inis Oirr (Inisheer)

Inis Oírr, the smallest island, can be explored on foot in an afternoon, though if the weather is fine you may be tempted to linger on the long, sandy beach between the quay and the airfield. Only one stretch of road, about 500 yards long, links the airfield and the sole village; after that it's hilly pathways with panoramic views back to the mainland and the Cliffs of Moher. A cycle to the island's lighthouse offers rich views across the island's maze of stone walls, framed by the ocean.

To the east of the village there is a holy well and seal colony.

For guests that linger for the night, Tigh Neds (Ned's House) near the pier is the place for an aperitif accompanied with the sound of the ocean, while Tigh Ruairi in the village offers hearty fare. The island has a campsite, hostel, self-catering, and a selection of guesthouses.

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