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Review of O'Brien's Castle

O'Brien's Castle
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Round-trip boat transfer to Inis Oirr in the Aran...
Ranked #3 of 6 things to do in Inisheer
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

We went to Innis Oirr to visit Obriens castle for my friend, who's family name is O'Brien. The ferry from Doolin was easy and took about 40mins to get over to the island (€15pp return). Innis Oirr isn't somewhere that I would have thought to have visited on my own visit, but I am so glad that we did this. It is a delightful little island, that seems to be back in time. The landscape is Burren and it is just gorgeous. We walked around the island (you can hire bikes) and up the hill to Obriens castle. It is a little bit of a slog up the hill, but it is well worth it!! The scenery on the island is amazing and you can see the islands and towards the cliffs of Moher if it is a clear day. The castle itself is a delightful little ruin, the experience is slightly marred by the obvious scene of a teenage hang out, but netherless, it is still pretty amazing to be standing in something that is so old. As you walk down from the castle towards the beach, on the right, about 50m down, there is a little b&b that serves as a cafe. The lady that runs it, is very welcoming and the house is like stepping back in time inside, but she does an AMAZING home made Baileys cheesecake!!! If you are in the area, Innis Oirr is an amazing half day trip! (We went over on the 10am cruise and back on the 2pm).

3  Thank crazyboo82
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

What a quaint little island. We rented bikes and rode almost the entire island. This is a beautiful little ruin at the tallest point of the island (which isn't really terribly tall). Very scenic views at all angles. We ended the day at Tigh Neds for a Guinness. It is a wonderful place to spend the day.

3  Thank Wendy S
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

Had a beautiful day to explore the Island and the O'Brien Castle ruins. Very impressive considering the time frame and age of the castle. Explored the few rooms remaining inside and the one tower structure left. Worth the trip up and not a bad walk on a sunny day. There's just a little gate that allows access to the ruins-we walked right past at first.

1  Thank LORA K
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Reviewed 25 May 2013

The castle perfectly fits with the incredible dry stone walls of Inishere Island. If you stand South of the castle you have a magnificent view over the main village and the harbour.

1  Thank Gert V
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

Great spot overlooking Inis Oirr harbour and village. Ruin is open to exploration. Watch out for the massive cow pies!

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