Whether you are looking for fun, culture, history, activities, romance or just a break away, we have something to offer everyone!

  • Killeens of Arranmore Guesthouse local amenities
  • Killeens of Arranmore Guesthouse traditional irish music
  • Killeens of Arranmore Guesthouse learn Irish
  • Killeens of Arranmore Guesthouse Fishing and diving
  • Killeens of Arranmore Guesthouse pitch and putt
  • Killeens of Arranmore Guesthouse Hillwalking
  • Killeens of Arranmore Guesthouse Hillwalking

Festivals

"The Gathering" - Arranmore People Past & Present

The Arranmore People Past & Present Festival took place on the August Bank Holiday weekend 2013, as part of The Gathering Ireland 2013. You can see our Facebook page or the The Gathering 2013 website for more details.



Fishing & Diving

The clear waters around Arranmore are teeming with marine life and so make it ideal for fishing, snorkeling and SCUBA diving. There are abundant cod, ling, conger eel, pollock, wrasse, skate, turbot and plaice. Two lakes have brown trout and one has Rainbow trout breeding naturally. The West of the island gives testament to the Atlantic's fury with many marine caves and stacks carved from solid rock resulting in a spectacular cliff coastline. The crystal clear waters, shipwrecks, drift dives and varied marine life provide excellent snorkeling and Scuba diving.

Jim Muldowney from Dive Arranmore is an experienced instructor who will organise shore dives, deep gully & wreck dives for all levels of experience. Contact Jim for the latest srorkel/diving rates at +353 (0) 86 3300 516 or Jim.muldowney@yahoo.com

You can also contact Patrick O'Donnell at +353(0) 87 657 7138 to organise diving trips. Tank refills are available and Patrick will be happy to help out with any queries you may have.

Seamus Boyle can also be contacted at seamusboyle@eircom.net or +353(0) 87 317 1810. Accommodation discount available for group bookings.



Pitch & Putt

Pitch & Putt is a form of golf played on a smaller course.
The Arranmore Pitch & Putt Course, which is open to the public, is located in Fál an Ghabhann, opposite the Arranmore Holiday Village. The 9-hole game on the course takes approximately 1 hour to complete. Pitch & Putt is a healthy and inexpensive activity which can be enjoyed by individuals of all ages.

Club Hire Prices from 1st May 2011
Adults €7.00
Under 15s: €5.00
Golf balls and tees may be purchased/hired from An Chultúrlann.
For more information please contact Comharchumann Árainn Mhór
+353 (0)74 9520535 / +353 (0)74 9520533



Hillwalking & Sightseeing

Excellent views of the mainland from Glen Head to Tory Island are to be found while walking the islands 7 square miles. There is a walking trail marked as "Arranmore Way" (Slí Árainn Mhóir). There are also two other sign-posted walks on the island.
The walks vary from a five-hour round-trip of the island taking in the lighthouse and the lakes, to a five-hour walk to the lakes and past the main buildings of interest. Picnic areas are located at various points around the island. The marked walk around Arranmore Island is sign posted Slí Árainn Mhóir which is part of Bealach na Gaeltachta, a National Waymarked Way. The Slí Árainn Mhóir walk begins and ends at the ferry ports at Leadhb Gharbh. The views in all directions along the walk are stunning and the western half of the route is particularly remote.

Download Arranmore Island Walking Route Guide here

Distance: Approximately 14 kms
Time: 4 - 5 hours
Public Transport: Córas Taistil Tuaithe/Rural Transport Services
Terrain: Quiet roads, rough track
Grading: Moderate
Please note: Although the route is graded only moderate, it can be isolated in places, appropriate clothing and footwear should be worn, and consideration given to weather conditions likely to be encountered.

Places of interest to visit

  1. View Árainn Mhór & Beaver Island Memorial, Loch an Chomhanaigh. Several hundred emigrants from Árainn Mhór settled on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan, USA, after the famine in 1851 , and both communities still exchange visits. Árainn Mhór is now twinned with Beaver Island. The memorial was built in 2000.

  2. View the Mass Rock. The Mass Rock at Cleendra is high on the hill overlooking the school and indeed holds spectacular views over much of The Rosses. During Penal Times when Catholics were being persucuted, the local people would watch for a white cloth covering this rock, when they knew a priest intended to say Mass. The people gathered, always vigilant, but reasonably safe in the knowledge that they had an eagle eye view of the surrounding countryside. The approach of soldiers would be spotted long before they could get close.

  3. Enjoy Loch an Chomhanaigh (Cowan’s Lake). Loch an Chomhanaigh was named after a land steward who had a house there. The lake serves as the island's reservoir and it is one of the few lakes in Europe where rainbow trout breed naturally. The trout were introduced from Canada in the early 1900s.

  4. Visit Cnoc an Iolair (Hill of the Eagle). At 750ft, this is the island's highest point where white-tailed sea eagles bred in the past. Birdlife is not restricted by the sea and the absence of many of their natural predators means they can live and breed with relative ease on the island. This is reflected in the large number and variety of birds seen every year. A variety of seabirds including fullers and shags nest on the cliffs around the island. The cliffs also hold nesting peregrine falcons. Corncrakes and snipe nest in the gel's in summer, while winter sees the arrival of geese and ducks from Arctic regions. Exotic vagrants from northern Europe, North America and even Siberia make landfall here, particularly in autumn. Arctic species such as the snowy owl and gyr falcon have been seen, and a semi-palmated plover from North America.

  5. View Na Tri Mic Og Corra (The Three Stags) which are three sea stacks. They are situated to the north between Toraigh and Árainn Mhór. In mythology they are said to be a pagan sister and two brothers who were turned to stone by St Colmcille as they leapt into the sea at Toraigh in an attempt to swim to Árainn Mhór or the mainland.

  6. Admire the 120 meter high cliffs along the west and north coasts of the island

  7. Walk the Arranmore Way - a well-marked foot path that traces the circumference of the island

  8. The Lighthouse, at Rinawros Point, was first built in 1798. Donegal's first lighthouse, it was rebuilt in 1865 and was manned by keepers until fully automated in 1976. Rock arches and sea caves can be seen nearby. The Old Coastguard Station (derelict) is located adjacent to the lighthouse lot. It was burned down during the Civil War in 1922.

  9. While walking view the Old Mill, the old Coastguard Station, the inner-island lakes, an ancient fort, and a WWWII lookout hut.

  10. Uaimh an Air (Cave of slaughter) is located at Uillinn in the south of the island, near a prehistoric promontory fort. Local lore has it that a Cromwellian captain slaughtered 70 women and children who had taken refuge here in 1641.

  11. Visit three of the island's many beaches at Leadhb Gharbh and at Athphort and Tráigh an Chaisil on the south coast.

  12. Enjoy the incredible views of the islands and Donegal coast where cliffs up to 120 metres high rise all along the west and north coasts of the island.

  13. Visit the craft shop.


Learn cúpla focal as Gaeilge (a few words in Irish)!

Hello – Dia dhuit (literally "God be with you") - (pron. Dee-a gwitch)
What's your name? – Cad is anim duit? - (pron. Cod iss anim ditch)
My name is (John/Mary) - (Séan/Mary) is ainm dom - (pron. Shawn/Mary iss anim dum)
How are you? - Conas atá tú? - (pron. Cunus athaw too)
I am well - Táim go maith - (pron. Thawm guh my)
Please - Más é do thoil é - (pron. Mawsh ay duh hull ay)
A pint of Guinness please – Pionta Guinness, más é do thoil é - (pron. Peenta Guinness mawsh ay duh hull ay)
Cheers! / To your health! - Sláinte - (pron. slawn-cheh)
Thank you – Go raibh maith agat - (pron. Guh rev my a'guth)
You're welcome – Tá fáilte romhat - (pron. Thaw fall-cha rowth)
Where is the toilet? - Cá bhfuil an leathreas? - (pron. Car will an leh-rish)
Women - Mná - (pron. m'naw)
Men - Fír- (pron. feer)
Good night - Oíche mhaith - (pron. ee-ha wye)
A hundred thousand welcomes (traditional greeting) - Céad míle fáilte - kade meela fall-cha
Goodbye - Slán leat -(pron. Slawn lath)

Some popular online Irish (Gaelic) courses can be found at Irish 101, Transparent Language or Talk Irish


Coláiste Árainn Mhóir (Arranmore College)

Coláiste Árainn Mhóir was founded almost 40 years ago, to teach and foster a love of the Irish language and culture amongst the youth of Ireland. Courses run from the end of June until the middle of August in two sessions, under the guidance of Manus Early, formerly of Cloch Corr and now residing in Dublin. A normal day begins at 10:00am and finishes at 10:00pm.
Further details can be obtained from:
The Coláiste Árainn Mhóir website
Manus O'Luathairi, email colaiste@arainnmhor.com
Tel No +353 (0)1 8314454 or +353 (0)86 3692627 during course time.

Taisce Árainn Teoranta offers a range of language, culture and activity courses for adults. Emphasis is on Irish-language learning with activities organised around various aspects of Irish culture including music, dance, guided walks of historical interest and boat trips to neighbouring islands.
For details, contact:
Taisce Árainn, Árainn Mhór, Co Dhún na nGall / Ph: +353 (0)74 9521593



Traditional Irish Music & Entertainment

Our locals are also famous for their skill and talent and many an impromptu music session in our bar will entertain you long into the night.
Renowned worldwide for their atmosphere and charm, Arranmore Island boasts six traditional Irish Pubs. Each pub has it's own distinct strengths and you will find one to quench the thirst of a thirsty traveller on most quarters of the island.
We are especially proud of our home-grown band Goats Don't Shave! You can find out more on their Facebook page here.
You can also check out our famous Arranmore Pipe Band facebook page here!

 

Local Amenities

An Chultúrlann (The Visitor's Centre) is situated in Fál an Ghabhann in the grounds of Arranmore Holiday Village. It is adjacent to the children's playground and the island's pitch & putt course. An Chultúrlann is open daily during summer, offering the following facilities for visitors:

The Community Centre, Ionad an Chrois Bhealaigh provides a range of services including a community garden, public internet access, a gym, indoors sports as well as running Summer camps and events. They host a playgroup for all children aged 3 to 7 three days a week. The majority of events and activities are available to everyone. Visit their Facebook page for more information here.

Cumann na mBad is a new boat club (dinghys & canoes) and you can find more information on thier Facebook page here.

The island's Weekly Market takes place at the Community Centre on Saturday mornings during the Summer months.
You can download their their latest Schedule of Events for 2012 here, visit their website here, or connect with them through their Facebook page. You can also call them directly at +353 (0) 74 952 0024.

The Arranmore Post Office is situated in Leadhb Gharbh. Contact: Noreen Martin.
Hours of Business:
Monday – Friday 9:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm
Closed daily at lunchtime 1:00pm – 2:00pm

An ATM service is available in the Post Office (customers of AIB) during Post Office opening hours only.

Internet access is available in An Chultúrlann (The Visitors Centre).

Teach an Phobail – St. Crone's Church holds weekend Services: Saturday 7pm and Sunday 11am.
Contact Teach Pobail Naomh Croine, An Uilinn, Oilean Arainn Mhoir. Ph: +353 (0)74 952 0504




Watch this short film to see some of the sights and activities on Arranmore!





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