There’s a feeling of enchantment from the moment you step aboard the ferry at the old town of Burtonport (Ailt an Chorráin) five miles from Dungloe (An Clochán Liath), and steam past the surrounding islands of Inniscoo and Innishkeragh, and half an hour hence, arrive at one of Ireland’s largest inhabited islands. Populated from the early Iron Age onawards, Arranmore (Árainn Mhór) has been a centre of Gaelic culture for centuries.
The Slí Arainn Mhor (Arranmore Loop Walk) is part of the Bealachta na Gaeltachta Waymarked Way and begins and ends at the Ferry Port. The views in all directions along the walk are stunning and the western half of the route is particularly remote. There are loads of opportunities for Bird Watching along the cliffs, the famous Arranmore Lighthouse, the Old Mill & Courthouse and the historical ’Cave of Slaughter’.
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’A fifteen minute ferry journey from Burtonport. A great day out with spectacular scenery, lung-busting climbs and exhilarating descents. All rough double-track and tiny tarmac roads. There are tracks and trails all over the island, so the possibilities are endless. Make your way to the lighthouse on the western side of the island - the cliffs are incredible and it’s possible to ride on the open mountain in parts. Lots of tracks all over the island ensure you are never too far from civilisation! Following exploring the island, a quick dip in the Atlantic will put you in the mood for a cold one before returning to Burtonport. The Lobster Pot in Burtonport does a fantastic feed, and the seafood is fresh off the harbour. Arranmore is great fun, and we’d encourage anyone to head over with the bike if you get the chance. The ferry runs back and forth pretty much constantly.’
Arranmore Ferry Times
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