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Arranmore's unique sites and sounds will captivate, embrace, and romance you. It has captured the hearts of travelers who long for tranquility, and magic. There are many historical landmarks in Arranmore. It boasts 8 lakes teaming with rainbow trout. Several beaches,along with mountains, rivers and biking/hiking trails adorn the island. Charter a boat to explore the deserted surrounding islands and ruins, or to go fishing. The house is traditional and cozy in decor, yet modern in function. The finest bed linens and furnishings await you after a glorious day of exploration, as does your whirlpool tub and turf/peat burning fireplace. In the evening, while away the hours stargazing or enjoying a pint of Guinness with the locals. Not tired? Music, song and dance await you at one of 7 establishments, one of them a nightclub. (Entertainment is dependent upon time of year.)
Culture of the Island: Arranmore belongs to the Gaeltacht. ' Gaeltacht' is the Irish language word meaning an Irish speaking region. In Ireland, the Gaeltacht refers to a district where the government recognizes that the Irish language is the predominant language, taught and spoken in the schools and at home. Although, in Arranmore English is the first language spoken. These Gaeltacht districts were first officially recognized during the early years of the Irish Free State, after the Gaelic Revival, as part of the government policy to restore the language.
Every summer, students from all over Ireland come for several weeks to immerse themselves in Arranmore's strong Irish culture They stay with the local families, where they speak only Irish to the hosting families in the quest to perfect their language skills They also attend daily ceilies, traditional Irish dance gatherings, hosted by the teachers. These ceilies are open to all children and teens who wish to attend.
Some Interesting Facts About Arranmore Island: Arranmore has been inhabited since the early Iron Ages, 800BC. There is a prehistoric triangular fort located on the southern part of the island. There are several 'Mass Rocks' to be found throughout Arranmore. These were used as places of worship during the penal days in Ireland when mass was outlawed. Arranmore once had a population of 1200 inhabitants, today is has approximately 600 inhabitants. Although in the summer, the population increases significantly as islanders 'come home', and tourists arrive. 'Arranmore Way' is the official hiking/walking path which circles the perimeter of the island. 'Green Island' is a magnificent bird sanctuary which can be seen from Arranmore, but can not be entered. There are numerous ship wrecks in the waters surrounding Arrammore, including the Andrew Nugent. St Crone's church was built in 1825. It has been improved and maintained throughout the years, and stands beside the wild Atlantic sea.
All queen rooms are spacious and have double walk in closets. Beds 1, 2, and 3 are en-suite with tiled handicap accessible walk in showers. The twin room has a single closet and a unique leaded window.
Each room is equipped with reading lamps, bedside tables, and dressing tables.
Bed 1 and 2 have panoramic ocean views. The remaining bedrooms have a view of the ever so green garden.
All linens and bathroom needs are provided in house.
There are 2 living areas, the sitting room which has a fireplace, and the living room which offers a view of the sea and surrounding islands..
Turf for your fireplace is supplied.
Smoking is not permitted in the house.
Cable TV is provided
Very happy to answer any and all questions and are able to provide more services if needed. Feel free to contact our property manager.
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Satellite / Cable
2 flat screen televisions. One in the nautical living room and in the 2nd living room....moreless
Dining room area is in the conservatory with a panoramic view. There are all cooking utensils provided to cook for yourself, or there are several restaurants which cater in and out on the island. ...moreless
Seating for 8 people
Not necessary on Arranmore island. Should it be an exceptionally hot day, there are fans. ...moreless
Turff burning fire place. Turff is provided. ...moreless
Under floor heating throughout entire household. There is also a turf burning fire place for extra heat if needed/desired. ...moreless
In both living rooms there is cable television as well as books to read. The 2nd living room has ceiling to floor windows for scenery purposes. You feel as though you are sitting on the ocean....moreless
A pay as you go mobile phone can be provided if needed....moreless
4 Ring Stove
Dishes & Utensils
The kitchen is big and bright! It is fully equipped for any type of cooking. ...moreless
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Arranmore Island is approximately 3 miles from Burton Port and 8 miles from the town of Dungloe in County Donegal. You will take the ferry from Burton Port. The Arranmore Ferry takes both foot passengers and cars, and runs every half hour. Should you decide to leave your car at Burton Port, parking is free, but limited depending on the time of year. The ferry schedule changes with the seasons, so please check their website for current information. The crossing is highly scenic, passing many uninhabited islands and ruins, and takes 20 minutes.