Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites Shortlist*

On the most remote of the Aran Islands, a stronghold of Irish culture, Ruairí and Marie-Thérèse de Blacam’s sustainably run stone-and-glass restaurant-with-suites blends into the landscape, revealing ‘stunning views’ to Galway bay and the Connemara mountains. More

Contact details

Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites
Aran Islands
Inis Meáin
Co. Galway
.
Ireland
Tel 00 353 86 826 6026,

Hotel information

Bedrooms

5 suites.

Open

Apr–Sept.

Facilities

Restaurant (dinner served at 8 pm; closed Sun nights), free Wi-Fi, 3-acre grounds.

Background music

Irish music in evening.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

Per suite B&B from €265. Set dinner €70. 2-night min. stay.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

On the most remote of the Aran Islands, a stronghold of Irish culture, Ruairí and Marie-Thérèse de Blacam’s sustainably run stone-and-glass restaurant-with-suites blends into the landscape, revealing ‘stunning views’ to Galway Bay and the Connemara mountains. A stay here is as much about the keenly considered meals – cooked using ingredients from the island and surrounding waters – as it is an appreciation of the extraordinary setting. Design-led bedrooms have panoramic views from vast windows, and a private outdoor seating area. Guests are encouraged to explore: the room rate includes walking sticks, bicycles, a fishing rod, swimming towels, wildlife binoculars, nature guides and maps, and a daily hotpot lunch in a backpack. A breakfast box delivered to the door includes a sweet for elevenses. 45-min. ferry from Ros a’ Mhíl; 7-min. flight from Connemara airport.

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Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites
Aran Islands
Inis Meáin
Co. Galway
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Guest comments

'Of the three Aran Islands Inis Meain is the quietest. Its atmosphere matches its remoteness. This is reflected in the hotel, where the rugged island life is brought inside with rough stone walls and ceilings, timber floors and furniture, complemented by woollen throws, cushions, etc, from the island's knitting factory. The views are across Galway Bay and over the mountains of Connemara. A breakfast of home-baked scones, soda bread, freshly laid eggs and much else is delivered to the suite. Packed lunches are available (best one I've had), and the fantastic restaurant is open for dinner. Local seafood and produce feature strongly - home-grown vegetables and the most delicious potatoes I've tasted. The lobster is unparalleled. The stunning building blends into the stone fields of the island. Marie-Therese and Ruairi emanate a gentle warm welcome, generosity of spirit and a deep understanding of the unique environment and history of the island. ' - Sarah Goddard - May, 2009

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Tourist attractions

  • Stone Forts

    Short hikes up pre-christian forts with magnificent views

  • Karst landscape

    Explore cliff walks, rock formations and grey sand beaches created during the ice-age

  • Culture

    Observe old island traditions in fishing, farming, language and literature