Visiting the island
Arranmore Island is the largest inhabited island in Co. Donegal, and the second largest in all of Ireland. It measures 3 miles x 7 miles and has population of approximately 600 people. This scenic island is a stunning example of the natural beauty of the Donegal coastline. Some of the breath-taking views include spectacular mountains overlooking the Atlantic, clear sandy beaches, and seven lakes. Diving or sea-angling are also available on the island. Accommodation options include B&Bs, hostel or self-catering holiday homes and cottages, while the lively local bars provide entertainment year-round. Regular ferries to the mainland mean that the town of Dungloe and its beautiful surrounding areas are never too far away. With all these amenities on offer, Arranmore is an ideal holiday destination. If you do decide to come join us here on Arranmore Island, a list of accommodation options can be found HERE.
Over the course of a 3-week stay at Coláiste Árainn Mhór, parents are encouraged to visit their children, though it is important that these visits do not interfere with college activities. Large numbers of students are present on each course, and in order for college staff to maintain order, we must insist that such visits are restricted to Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Visits may commence at 1pm, after the morning activities, and students must return in time for evening activities. It is not permissible for a student to remain away from their college accommodation overnight. Frequently, parents making a visit request to also bring a friend of their own child along with their family on a weekend visit. This practice is acceptable; however the parents of the other child must sign a permission slip before this can be permitted. The permission slip can be downloaded HERE.