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Emerging from the landscape, Ruairí and Marie-Thérèse de Blacam’s sustainably run stone-and-glass restaurant-with-suites is a design-led sanctum in a remote Gaelic stronghold. More

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Inis Meáin
Inis Meáin
Co. Galway
H91N X86
Ireland

Hotel information

Bedrooms

5 suites.

Open

Apr–Sept.

Facilities

restaurant (closed Sun nights), free Wi-Fi, 3-acre grounds.

Background music

none.

Children

over-11s welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per suite B&B from €280. Set dinner €73. 2-night min. stay.

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Good Hotel Guide Review

Emerging from the landscape, Ruairí and Marie-Thérèse de Blacam’s sustainably run stone-and-glass restaurant-with-suites is a design-led sanctum in a remote Gaelic stronghold. An exploration kit has all the essentials: bicycles, fishing rod, swimming towels, binoculars, nature guides, maps, hotpot lunch in a backpack. Appreciating the scene is only part of it; succinct menus exploit produce from the island, the restaurant greenhouse and the surrounding waters, with such dishes as lobster with aioli; beetroot carpaccio; lamb chop with salsa verde. Local materials – wood, lime, stone, and wool – form the linear architectural bedrooms; each has vast views from a private outdoor seating area. Breakfast is delivered to the door. 40-minute ferry from Ros a’ Mhíl; 7-minute flight from Connemara airport.

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Inis Meáin
Inis Meáin
Co. Galway
H91N X86

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