The Wild Atlantic Way
The Earagail Arts festival runs from the 3rd to the 23rd of July 2017 with event venues spanning the length and Breadth of County Donegal, maximising opportunities to experience the best that the most Northern part of the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer.
Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way offers top quality entertainment, tremendous food, exceptional accommodation and of course spectacular scenery. In addition to weekdays, the Earagail Arts Festival stretches across 3 weekends during July and we have exciting events lined up for each one.
Weekend 1: Wild Atlantic Weekend
(6 – 9 th July)
Malin, Irelands most Northern Village on the Wild Atlantic Way plays host to The Wild Atlantic Weekend. The picturesque town will be alive with performers, street food vendors and circus acts.
The Wild Atlantic Weekend promises to be jam-packed with family fun events, magnificent music and fabulous art and theatre.
Malin is the perfect place to explore the outdoors, get in touch with nature and to feel free. The Atlantic Ocean a-waits as there are many water – based activities to take part in including kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and sailing. Culdaff Blue Flag beach is only a short drive from Malin. This sandy gem is the perfect beach to relax on whilst the children play.
Accommodation is plentiful in Malin, with some events being held in Mc Grory’s hotel, it makes it convenient for visitors to stay among the festival atmosphere. Femi Kuit, legendary Afro beat musician, The Breath, Ciaran Lavery and Eve Belle are some of the music acts lined up for the Wild Atlantic Weekend in the hotel.
Home With The Henry Girls
A unique interactive residency is running from the 4th to 8th July. Based in their home village of Malin, Donegal – the world’s “coolest destination” for 2017 (National Geographic), The Henry Girls will be your hosts for 5 days of songwriting workshops, cultural & culinary tours, traditional pub sessions and 4 very special concerts. All levels of experience welcome, some musical knowledge preferred, suitable for ages 16+.
Weekend 2: Donegal International Folk and Roots Weekend
(13th– 16th July)
The second weekend of the festival really offers an opportunity to see the best entertainment in picturesque locations along Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way.
Glenveagh National Park
Glenveagh National Park with its beautiful mountains, lakes, glens and woods is the venue for Music at the Castle or “Ceol ag an Caisleáin”. This array of traditional music performances runs on Thursday 13th July between 12- 5pm celebrating Donegal’s international folk connections. Na Mooneys, Kíla, Coirm and Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road are a selection of the artists that will be performing.
Tory Island Festival or Féile Shoilse Thoraí is running for the duration of Weekend 2. Tory is the most remote inhabited island of Ireland. The island has stook with its roots over the years and is still ruled by its elected King! A timeless and beautiful Island, it’s certainly worth visiting as you explore the Wild Atlantic Way. Over the course of Tory Festival, there will be barbeques, fire works and raft races and music from renowned band The High Kings and Seán Keane.
Weekend 3: Swell Festival
(22nd & 23rd July)
Arranmore Island is situated off the coast of Donegal and on the Wild Atlantic Way. The Island is home to Swell Festival running on the 22nd and 23rd July 2017.
The Mountain Stage welcomes local emerging artists, renowned musicians and international guests for a weekend of top-quality entertainment.
Arranmore oozes heritage and culture with day 2 of the festival celebrating Gaelic Culture and transatlantic folk & roots. Arranmore Ferry (Blue Ferry), operates a daily schedule between Burtonport and the Island, journey time being approximately 15 minutes.
In addition to the quality entertainment from Swell festival, there are a number of activities to do on the island including diving, fishing, and hiking, visiting the lighthouse and relaxing on the stunning beaches around the Island.