Inis Oírr, Aran Islands – Places to see

What to see on Inis Oirr, Aran Islands

Plassey Shipwreck

The steam trawler MV Plassey hit Finnis Rock off Inis Oirr, Aran Islands on the 8th of March in 1960. The Inis Oirr Coastguard rescued all of the crew using a rocket for the first time and the breeches buoy. The trawler then washed ashore on Inis Oirr. The shipwreck is still on Inis Oirr and has now become a tourist attraction. It has featured on the opening of the famous Father Ted series. The Plassey Shipwreck can be seen from Cliffs of Moher View Guesthouse. Here’s a picture of us on the way out to the Plassey Shipwreck on our Wedding Day.

St. Caomhán’s Sunken Church

St Caomhan‘s Church is located in the Inis Oirr Graveyard. Sunken because of sand that they say blew over from the middle Aran Island Inis Meáin (Inish Maan) St. Caomhán’s Church is the ruins of St. Kevin’s Church where the Saint is buried. Here’s another picture of us on our Wedding Day down in St. Caomhan’s Church.

O’Brien’s Castle

O’Brien’s Castle is located on the highest point on Inis Oirr hence it has some amazing views overlooking the bustling village in the summertime. Take some time here to watch the ferries coming in, watch a match on the football pitch or the activities on the beach. Dating back to the 14th century, it was taken from the O’Briens by the the Flahertys in 1582 and then taken from them by the Cromwellian forces in 1652.

Tobar Éinne

Tobar Einne (St. Enda’s Holy Well) is located on the west side of Inis Oirr and has been said to have healing. Known as the well that can heal, it is also said that it never dries and sometimes an eel can be seen swimming in it! Saint Enda was the patron Saint of Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands.

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