Arranmore Island, or Árainn Mhór, off the coast of Donegal is the largest of Donegal’s Islands and is a Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point. Reached by ferry from Burtonport, the island offers long sandy beaches, lakes and stunning views from its steep cliffs. Rock climbing, fishing, walking, bird-watching and diving are among the activities possible here.
Each August, the Féile Árainn Mhór festival (formerly the Rose of Arranmore festival) offers a great line-up of concerts, music and dancing.
In more recent years a new festival has begun, in the month of July, called the Swell Festival which offers a selection of Poetry, Spoken Word, Live Art, DJs, Games and other performances and activities for the younger festival goer.
By the lighthouse, a little inlet is named after yachtsman Wayne Dickinson, who in 1982-1983 crossed the Atlantic in 142 days aboard the tiny yacht God’s Tear.