Arranmore - Activites
Walking, cycling, camping, birdwatching, boating, deep-sea angling, lake angling, diving, rockclimbing.Teach Phil Bán
There are three sign-posted walks on the island. A brochure is available from Comharchumann Árainn Mhór describing the sights to be seen and the history associated with them. The walks vary from a six-hour round-trip of the island taking in the lighthouse and the lakes, to a six-hour walk to the lakes and past the main buildings of interest. Picnic areas are located at various points around the island.
For Guided Walks of historical interest, contact Taisce Árainn (see 'Cultural Activities' below).
Go deep-sea angling for cod, ling, conger eel, pollock, wrasse, skate, turbot and plaice.
For angling boat, contact Neil Boyle.
T: (074) 952 0745.
Fish for brown trout in the island's seven lakes.
Boat trips are available to neighbouring islands. Contact Taisce brains (see 'Cultural Activities' below).
A variety of seabirds including fullers and shags nest on the cliffs around the island. The cliffs also hold nesting peregrine falcons and thought. 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.
The waves surrounding the island are clear and unpolluted.
For details on diving, contact Patrick O'Donnell.
M: 087-902 0798
There is a 9 hole pitch & putt course at Fál an Ghabhann, adjacent to the holiday village.
Contact Comharchumann Árainn Mhór
T: (074) 952 0535
Main climbs: Rinawros Pt, Trundlers Arete.
See Guide: Rock Climbs frl Donegal (AIan Tees, Mountaineering Council of Ireland 2002)
There are six pubs on Arranmore island:
Music in the summer. Turf fires.
Teach Neilly Nancy
Lively family-run pub.
Traditional music sessions.
The Atlantic Bar
Music sessions, food.
The Glen Hotel
Historic pub in the old landlord's house.
Discos at weekends and during the summer Pub attached.
The Irish language is very important to the people of Árainn Mhór and most inhabitants are fluent speakers. Don't be afraid to use your few words during your stay. Most people are more than willing to help.
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. Collaiste Árainn Mhór runs courses for children between the ages of 10 and 18 during the summer months.
For details, contact:
Taisce Árainn, Árainn Mhór, Co Dhún na nGall
T: (074) 952 1593
Féile Árainn Mhór (formerly the Rose of Arranmore festival) is held in mid-August each year, celebrating Irish music, song and dance.
Contact: Comharchumann Árainn Mhór (see Info) or see