We have been getting a few queries on how to get to Swell Music & Arts Festival.
Swell Festival, July 27-29, takes place on the beautiful island of Arranmore, off the west coast of Donegal and can be reached by two ferry companies from Burtonport (details below).
Getting to Burtonport by Public Transport
If you are relying on getting to Swell via public transport, Bus Éireann has several routes to Donegal, none of which go all the way to Burtonport, though. Coming from Dublin, it’s the No 32 and from Galway you get the No 64, both of which will take you to Letterkenny where you will have further private options to choose from to take you further.
There are a number of private coach companies that leave from Letterkenny and go to The Rosses – John McGinley Coaches (Dublin route), Bus Feda (Galway route), Patrick Gallagher Coaches (Belfast route via Derry). Bus tables for all companies are available on their respective websites.
While John McGinley, Bus Feda and Patrick Gallagher all go to at least Crolly (and some Annagry) from their respective starting points (Dublin, Belfast and Galway), you would have to book a local Hackney Operator to take you the rest of the way (Suggestion: Charlie Mac 087 260 3757).
A direct way of getting to Burtonport from Letterkenny may also be the Route 271 Burtonport-Letterkenny Local Link Bus, or ‘the shopper bus’ as the Islanders call it. Click here to view the timetable, but please note that spaces and times are very limited on this service.
If you are coming from Dublin, you could even take a flight to Donegal International Airport, voted the most scenic landing in the world. Landing in Carrickfinn, you are only a short distance from Burtonport. Another Hackney Operator option to book here is Teague (087 641 5985).
Getting to Burtonport by car
Getting to the island
There may be additional ferries for festival goers that need to leave Sunday night/Monday morning. But these will only be put on if the demand is there. Phone the companies for more details.
Please note that if you decide to bring a vehicle you MUST book your crossing in advance to guarantee your place, otherwise you may be delayed as space on each ferry is limited.
While Swell works alongside ferry providers to accommodate festival goers, it is ultimately the responsibility of each individual to organise their own travel plans to and from the island.
We wish all those travelling to Swell Music & Arts Festival (July 27 to 29) a very safe journey. Please take care and we will see you all on Arranmore.