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On the Way to ArranmoreArranmore

Painting of cottage near Arranmore, West Donegal, Ireland
Painting of Irish cottage, Arranmore, Ireland
On the Way to Arranmore

I wonder whether the post to Arranmore Island, Donegal, goes astray a lot. There are two other islands with similar names off the coast of Ireland and Scotland. There are the Aran Islands off Galway Bay to the south as well as the Scottish Isle of Arran. Arranmore or Árainn Mhór, in Irish Gaelic.

Map of Arranmore, Ireland
Map of Arranmore, Donegal

It lies off the west coast of County Donegal, Ireland. It is the largest inhabited island off County Donegal, with a population of 514 in 2011, down from 528 in 2006, 543 in 2002, and over 600 in 1996. The island is part of the Donegal Gaeltacht, with most of the inhabitants speaking Ulster Irish.

Painting of view from Burtonport to Arranmore, Donegal, Ireland,
From Ferry Coll

There is a frequent ferry service from Burtonport and this old cottage was spotted nestling into the rocks of one of many islands, Inishcoo, en route to Arranmore. There is no ferry service to the many little islands scattered off the coast of West Donegal. People get to these remote islands in their own little boats. There are landing stages and steps down to sea cut into the rocks. Of course, you could always swim to Inishcoo. Amazingly, the local cows do.

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9 thoughts on “On the Way to ArranmoreArranmore

  1. What a weird and wonderful sight! It looks the most beautiful part of the world. 🙂 🙂

    1. It is very beautiful and I am looking forward to going back there next year.

  2. I love how the sky dominates much of the composition in “From Ferry Coll”. There is this sense of freedom and unbounded vastness.

  3. 😮 Amazing is right! I was sure it was a dog swimming.

    1. Nice to see cows taking the initiative. It shows what they can do if they are not fenced in.

  4. In the second image I am struck by how beautifully you painted the clouds. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Melissa. I was very pleased with those clouds!

  5. Wat is het daar mooi en onbezoedeld.De wolkenluchten op de 2 de fot sleuren me het landschap in en ik verlies mezelf volledig in dit landschap.

    1. Ja, het is unspolit. Dat is wat ik zo leuk vind aan Donegal. Bedankt voor je mooie woorden.

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