Geography - Tearmann Island and the surroundingsThe small island group, at which centre Tearmann Island is, is around 520 kilometres south of Dumhach, an island fifty kilometres long and wide, with an approximate area of 1,540 km².
Belonging to the Tearmann Island Resort as well as the Island Group is Mount Ceárta, a volcano of 35 metres, and the Duo, a pair of small islands close by each other.
Flora and Fauna
In the 17th century, parts of Tearmann Island served as a refuge for pirates, who established bases all along the shoreline, remains of which are still visible.
In 1949, the enterprising businessman Finnegan Seift of the Tribe of Wexford decided to buy the Island and build a holiday resort there - the Tearmann Island Resort was born. His crush on Nia Sneachtúil, of Cefnffordd Descent motivated him to also establish the Zaijian Pavilion and the Hilltop Garden in 1953.
The Resort and its associated attractions
The northern bays of Tearmann Island are dominated by the infrastructure, but as soon as
The heart of the Island Resort are the beaches along the Southern and Western Shores,
Tearmann Island has a small port with four piers for larger vessels, one of them equipped to handle cargo vessels, although strict limitations exist as to how many passengers may arrive per vessel and how large they may be. The Oileánra-Archipelago Constabulary maintains a small station in that harbour, usually only for tariff inspection of arriving tourists, but also equipped to harbour one of vessels of the Constabulary or the Navy in general (which is done especially with high-profile guests at the Resort).
Also maintained, in one of the side-bays, is a marina with twenty berths for yachts and other vessels with a maximum draught of five metres (the Aurelia-class Sailing Yacht would fit comfortably). The same marina also has a detachment of jetskis and other watercraft at the ready for tourists to enjoy, including instructors. Three Majestic-class Boats are at the ready to bring tourists to diving hotspots around the islands.
A small airport for amphibians and seaplanes is maintained as well, although that is more of a convenience. A Geabhróg-class Seaplane Tender by the name of Nia is positioned there for maintenance and refueling. The administration of the resort considers aircraft with a wingspan comparable to the SDY-Sciathan 20 Guairdeall Multi-Purpose Amphibian Aircraft to be on the upper end of aircraft they are going to allow to take off and land there on regular days, barring emergency situations. New Streak Air, a subsidiary of the Golden Star Merchant Line, serves that airport three times a week.
Pléaráca Beach is one of the smaller beaches, a cove with a beach of merely 8.12 kilometres (the cove itself is roughly five kilometers across), bordered to the north by the Fiántas Cliff, separating the beach from the neighbouring Comharsa Beach, and to the south by the Sruthán Creek, a small river with a depth of two metres, although it goes slowly. A small wooden bridge leads over the creek to Céad Beach directly to the south. The treeline is roughly a kilometer away from the waterline.
Fiántas Cliff technically belongs to Pléaráca Beach and a small stairwell exists to make climbing the seven metres tall cliff possible. Atop of it, one not only has a great view of the two beaches to either side, but also access to Túr-Tower, the ruins of a small watchtower, which was built by pirates in the 18th century to protect the cove, which is Pléaráca Beach today.
Above Pléaráca Beach, one will find the Pléaráca Hotel, a kilometer (or the quarter of an hour for an adult by foot) away from the tree line, an assembly of four dozen small houses (usually three rooms) around a small square, as well as an administrative buildings and a small restaurant. A road leads deeper into the island towards the Main Resort, a shuttle bus drives every half-hour.
Cape Ceárta and Mount Ceárta
Tearmann Island Research Post
The University Ring of the Free Lands maintains a small research post near Pléaráca Beach, which is specialized in Fisheries Research. A small visitor center is attached, but the main attraction is indeed the research.
From 2017 to 2019, Filicia Eitpheil of the Tribe of Cavan was Research Assistant there, before getting a similar job aboard RV Fairtheoir.
The Zaijian Pavilion and the Hilltop Garden
The Zaijian Pavilion is a relatively large octagonal pavilion built in the style commonly found in Zaijia, standing as a garden pavilion and restaurant at the Hilltop Garden, a Ziajian Garden. The Garden itself, on a hill overlooking Cape Ceárta, provides an picturesque scenery over the Cape and the Ocean,
The Zaijian Pavilion is decorated in the Zaijian Style, including lanterns and
The Hilltop Garden goes back on the initiative of Nia Sneachtúil, of Cefnffordd Descent, who spent quite a bit of time in Ziajia as a mercenary.
In 1979, the Cailleach-class Light Cruiser SDFS Aeval was sunk at the Duo as an artificial reef in shallow water. It is a popular destination for wreck-diving tourists.