South Aran House & Restaurant

Co. Galway
+353 (0)99 75073

Escape to a tiny Aran island of seals, birds and rich Irish history. Feast on Enda and Maria's fish pie; sleep in spotless, homely rooms


4 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

Inisheer is a magical spot, the smallest of the Aran islands. It’s full of its own history: a bronze age burial site, a 10th-century church, a shipwrecked freighter stranded on rocks. The chances are you already know it – the island features in the opening sequence of Father Ted. It’s a tiny place. You can hire bikes, then spin around the stone-walled lanes and stop for a picnic under a vast sky. Wild flowers flourish, seals sunbathe, birds pass through – all heaven for photographers, who love the light. Enda, once a lighthouse keeper, was born on the island and has lived here much of his life. He and Maria run a small restaurant, then a clutch of good rooms up the lane; views to the front shoot out to sea. The feel is home-spun, just as it should be, spotless and comfy, not too posh. Whitewashed rooms come with good beds, wicker chairs, underfloor heating and showers that blast you clean. Up at the restaurant Enda’s home cooking hits the spot, perhaps potato and chive soup, Aran fish pie, then chocolate and almond cake. There are books everywhere, though the best stories come from your hosts.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check out
By 11am
23-27 December.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch from €5 (high season only). Dinner €25-€30. Wine €17-€27.


Nightly price
from €84
2 Doubles
From €84
2 Twin/doubles
From €84



South Aran House is lovely, and Maria and Enda are host & hostess extraordinaire. They made our trip to Inisheer one of our favorite memories of our trip to Ireland. The meals at their restaurant were some of the best we had in our 5 weeks in Ireland and the UK. If you ever find yourself in Inisheer, it would be a mistake not to seek them out.

Jo, High Point, North Carolina

Had a wonderful experience with Maria and Enda on Inisheer. Thanks for reminding me of it... Enda has the best stories and made our trip indelible...The hosts with the most...

Lynda, Waimanalo

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Enda & Maria Conneely

  • South Aran Cookery School has many interesting classes and seashore foraging trips, classes include fish, seafood and traditional breadmaking. details available on our website. We use local fish and seafood in our recipes.
  • Inisheer is the smallest of the Aran Islands, A great getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life. A beautiful beach is just a 5 minute walk from South Aran restaurant with Rooms. There are interesting historic sites, dating from the bronze age
  • Inishere is famous for its unusual wild flowers which include spring gentians, various orchids including the bee orchid and there at least 35 species of birds including the chough and little auk. There are over 400 varieties of plant life on the island!!
  • Small weddings are a speciality for us 30-40 per max. South Aran Studio is available for hire suitable for artists, photographers, yoga etc Can seat up to 40 in conference style up to 25 for yoga By the sea and decorated with pretty marine colours
  • Inisheer now has a resident dolphin, Sandy who hangs around the beach and pier much to the delight of the tourists. Sandy has her own fan club and there are a few people who swim with her regularly.