Arranmore Island or (Arainn Mhor in Gaelic) is Co. Donegal’s largest and Ireland’s second largest inhabited island. The Island is situated 3 miles/5 km from the mainland port. The Island can be accessed by a daily ferry operating all year round. The ferry is a short 15 minute journey from the harbour port in Burtonport in The Rossess, ferry information and timetables can be found here.
The Island itself is an awe of beautiful scenery, ringed by dramatic cliffs, cavernous sea caves and clean sandy beaches. Arranmore totals 7 sq miles and is 5 km long by 3 km wide, with track and trails all over the Island making it ideal for 3 hour and half day cycling trips. The Island is quite mountainous as you travel towards the North and West coastline but cycling on an electric bike will make the ascents seem like slight braes.
The Island is a wealth of history and culture, with a population of 56o residents, of which 62% are native Irish speakers. Arranmore has been inhabited since the early iron age (800 BC), evidence of the fact is the Fort Uilinn, which dates back to approximately 800 BC and still stands on the top perch, here provides fantastic views from Glen Head to Tory Island. The Island was controlled by the O’Donnell clan before the 17th century.
There are plenty of things to do on the Island including fishing, bird-watching, diving, kayaking or why not visit one of the six pubs, which attract groups of travelers young and old to experience the peat fires and traditional music, with some remaining opened 24 hours for the thirsty fishermen.