Port Arthur, a Hidden Gem on the Western Shores of the MalinWaters

26 Feb 2016

Port Arthur is a beautiful Green Coast beach located on the western shores of the parish of Gaoth Dobhair, in the heart of the Gaeltacht, overlooking the powerful Atlantic Ocean and the Islands of Gabhla, Umthoinn, Inis MeƔin and Inis Oirthir. It lies below the townlands of Carrick and Lunniagh, and is a special area of conservation, which makes it unique, in that, you will experience a sea landscape in all it's unspoiled glory.

Flora, fauna and wildlife live in abundance, and the scent of the wild flowers in summer is fabulous. If you then look up, you will see the tiny Skylark (Fuiseog - Alauda Arvensis) singing a beautiful and powerful tune from above. He hovers like a helicopter, and he's actually letting all around know that this is his territory, and he's calling for a mate. Ancient rocks are all around you at Port Arthur, left there by the glaciers over 10,000 years ago.

Walking, swimming, horseriding, watersports, fishing, photography, birdwatching, painting, botanical studies, cycling and fun for all is enjoyed, and the opportunity to go sailing or canoeing is available in the expert hands of Gareth (conservationist) who runs Selkie Sailing all year round, if you feel like venturing out to sea.

There is plenty to do and see in the area all within minutes of the beach, and a visit to An Crannog, the local tourist point will give you all the information you will need, from history to events and places of interest, telephone 00 353 (0) 74 95 32208. Always ask local people too. They have so much to tell you about local history, treasured places and lots more.

Finally, be mindful of the Country Code when visiting the beaches, mountains and areas of natural beauty. We all share the landscape and it's good to protect it..


- enjoy the countryside and respect it's life and work
- guard against risks of fire
- leave all gates as you found them
- keep your pets under control
- keep to publis paths across farmland
- use gates and stiles to cross fences, hedges and walls
- leave livestock, crops and machinery alone
- take your litter home
- help to keep all water clean
- protect wildlife, plants and trees
- take special care on country roads
- make no unnecessary noise

Most widely accepted version of the Country Code was published in 1981 by the Countryside Commission