Inis Oirr / by Conor Cunningham

The local pub

When down in County Clare, and the weather is good, you'd be mad not to take a trip across the water and set foot on one of the Aran Islands. Eva and I went to Inis Oirr ( sounds like In-ish ear ) for a day and were delighted to be greeted by the sun and blueish skies.

The local pub (above) is one of three pubs on an island of 290 people. Be sure to have a pint whilst overlooking the sea.

One gorgeous beach

The beach facing the mainland is sheltered and calm. It's a wonderful spot and dare I say it, quite idyllic.

Eva happy with her find. A razor clam shell

Eva found some razor clam shells which she was quite happy with, but like a good tourist, left them behind where they belong.

Many clam shells!

Dolphin!

On the way into port, a dolphin popped out of the water and swam with us all the way until we docked. After that, it pottered about and was eventually joined by a local resident who often takes a swim with it.

A Sandwhich Tern hunting for fish. A split second later it would be under the water with a fish in its beak.

Eva and I were the only people on the beach and we were treated to a hunting and diving display by two sandwich terns which would hover above the surface of the water then dive towards the water in a free fall before emerging, sometimes with a fish in its beak. It was quite a sight to see, especially at only a few metres distance.

Looking back to the Port of Inis Oirr

A wide shot of the beach, part of the village and the port.

A local horse

Inis Oirr was effectively all farm land and the animals were either of an equine or bovine nature. The above horse has delightful view.

A local stone hut which appeared still to be in use.

The island itself is roughly on 3 km x 3 km and one can walk around most of it in a moderate pace in about two hours.

If you get a chance to visit, do! It is well worth it.

The local beach, the swimmer and the dolpin on the way back to the mainland.