Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites
Inis Meáin, the middle and most isolated of the Aran Islands, is home to 160 people – fishermen, poets and creative loners. Visitors here will be rewarded with peace and wide-open panoramic views. Ruairí de Blacam and his partner Marie-Thérèse have established an unusual form of B&B on Inis Meáin: the hotel and restaurant are designed as a continuation of the landscape, shaped to resemble a small ship anchored on the shore. There is nothing superfluous in the rooms, but everything here is totally exclusive – such as the view from the 10 m panoramic window in each of the four suites. In the kitchen they are renowned for their experimentation with natural products found on the doorstep: fish and seafood, berries, vegetables, lamb and chicken are on the menu daily. A particular highlight is the dessert made of seaweed with a wild berry sauce!
A retrospective of de Blacam and Meagher’s work was exhibited in the Irish Pavillion at the 2010 Venice Biennale.
What to do
As the island is just 5km by 3km, it is easily explorable by foot and bicycle. The island features many historical and cultural sights of note, and inspiring natural terrain including beaches, cliffs, and limestone karst hosting unusual, wild, flora and fauna. There are stunning coastal hikes from two to eight hours in length Shopping at the world-reknowned Inis Meáin Knitting Company factory store, socialising in the traditional island pub.
This house is great for
It is a haven for food lovers and outdoor types looking for a "get away from it all" experience in a unique landscape.