Discover Arranmore (Árainn Mhór) Island in Donegal
Arranmore Island, or Árainn Mhór is situated off the coast of County Donegal on the magnificent Wild Atlantic Way touring route where land meets sea. Wild and untamed, the island has a rich and vibrant heritage and culture and has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The Gaelic traditions are still thriving on the Arranmore Island and if you are looking for a real taste of island life, then this is definitely not to be missed on your Donegal adventure.
The island is a captivating beautiful place where way marked trails lead you from sandy beaches to rocky cliffs. Views from Arranmore Island are breathtaking, gaze out over the Atlantic ocean past cliffs and rock arches to the majestic mainland mountains stretching from Glen Head to Tory Island. Steeped in insular history, Arranmore Island is still home to the promontory fort at Uilinn, which dates from about 800BC, still stands on its cliff top perch.
The clear waters of the surrounding ocean of Arranmore Island provide the perfect marine leisure destination for those who love to get outdoors and try activities such as diving, sea angling, sailing, kayaking and many more wet and wild adventures. Freshwater lakes on the island are an anglers paradise offering brown and rainbow trout catches. There are a wide variety of species to be caught when sea angling and local charter services will guide you to the best locations to cast a line.
Arranmore Island is also home to a wide variety of marine and bird life. Birdwatchers can often be found observing the many fulmars and shags along the steep cliffs. Arranmore Island is a great place to get active with many coastal and inland walks. Electric bikes can now be hired on the island, what better way to connect with nature than to pack a picnic, hop on your bicycle and explore the island’s many hidden gems.
Arranmore Island is also famous for it’s traditional music and lively pubs with open turf fires and the best pints of Guinness to set you up for an evening of fun and laughter. Experience one of the island’s festivals and events. Swell Fest takes place annually with weekend and day tickets available. Several music venues host some excellent bands with musical talent from all over Ireland and international acts coming together to celebrate this fantastic island event.
Take a trip to Arranmore Island and connect with the local people, heritage and culture. Ferry services from Burtonport on the mainland offer regular crossings to and from the island, you can even bring your car if you wish. Once you have visited this rugged and unspoiled island, you will be sure to return time and time again as the island casts its spell on your heart.