Inis Oírr is the smallest and most easterly of the three stunning Aran Islands, found off the coast of Galway. It is this natural landscape and distinctive old Ireland charm that has attracted so many travellers across the globe and its atmosphere makes it the perfect spot for some much needed rest and recuperation. Here are 5 spots on Inis Oirr from our Summer Issue that we think make it the perfect wellness weekend retreat.
TRY OUT YOGA AS GAEILGE | @seafitnessaran
Sea Fitness Aran is run by Áine Seoighe, who was born and raised on the island. Áine describes her two passions in life to be movement and the Irish language, which led her to the inception of Yoga as Gaeilge. She aims to open a space for people to come and move together, even if you are new to yoga, or feel your Irish is a little rusty, all are welcome.
GET ARTSY AT ARAS ÉANNA
Áras Éanna is Inis Oírr’s Arts and Heritage Centre. Throughout the year, they hold various concerts and exhibitions, as well as handmade arts and crafts classes, such as knitting, quilting, weaving, basket making, carpentry, and poetry.
TO EXPLORE THE ISLAND BY BIKE
With little traffic on the island, cycling is one of the most popular ways to see everything the island has to offer. Rothaí Inis Oírr, or Inis Oírr Bike Hire, is the first thing visible when you get off the boat. So, no need to take up space in your car with your own!
UNWIND AT THE ARAN SEAWEED AND SPA | @aranseaweedbaths
The Aran Seaweed and Spa is a place of peace, calm and tranquillity and is run by Annette O’Flynn. She uses handpicked seaweed from the island for various treatments such as her popular seaweed baths. She also offers deep relaxation massages, hot stone treatments, soothing facials, holistic reflexology, beauty treatments and pamper packages.
TAKE A MINUTE TO REFLECT AT TEAMPALL CAOMHÁIN
Teampall Caomháin is a church built in honour of the island’s patron saint, Saint Caomháin, and is located in the island’s graveyard, opposite the airport. The picturesque ruins of the church must be uncovered annually as its floor is well below the level of the sand.