Tullyarvan Mill is located a short walk from the bustling Town of Buncrana, situated on the Western Side of the Inishowen Peninsula. On approach to Tullyarvan you will cross Wilson’s Bridge, an historic feature adjacent to the Western entrance of picturesque Swan Park, see above. On arrival at Tullyarvan you will meet an impressive and carefully renovated 19th Century stone building, see below. The property currently houses a cultural and recreational space for the community and an adjoining hostel.
From Past To Present At Tullyarvan Mill, Buncrana, Inishowen
Spanning 180 years Tullyarvan has been adapted by each owner to meet the demands of a changing industrial economy. The building that you see today was originally a Mill, involved with the production of corn. In the years that followed the Mill was involved with; the production of Iodine, from a type of seaweed called Kelp, acted as a hattery for a London firm and manufactured feed for livestock. Following the Second World War production at the mill had ceased and the space used for storage.
A Hub Of Activity At Tullyarvan Mill, Inishowen
The next chapter of development at Tullyarvan would begin in 1984 when a group of locals saw the opportunity to save this building and use its cultural importance to enhance tourism and increase employment in the area. In 1992 former President of Ireland; Mary Robinson, officially opened “Tullyarvan Mill Cultural & Exhibition Centre”. You will notice that the property shares the space with an Irish speaking school called Colaiste Chineal Eoghain, see above. Other facilities include a community used for workshops and a range of cultural activities.
Tullyarvan Hostel, Buncrana, Inishowen
Entering the property you will be greeted at reception by friendly staff, who will direct you to an adjoining hostel. You will notice that the hostel is equipped with comfortable and spacious accommodation consisting of two large dorm rooms, single, double and private rooms. This will provide options to suit both families and individuals travelling together.
Once you enter the communal area, you will have access to an open planned kitchen, dining and lounging space. Its hard not to notice the attention to detail as you are greeted by flags representing all nationalities, see above. Visual aids; mounted maps, flyers and guides are on display to help you get the most out of your stay in Inishowen.
The Great Outdoors At Tullyarvan Mill, Inishowen
The intrigue and beauty of Tullyarvan extends beyond the building itself to a garden and walkway that follows the Crana River. On the grounds you will be charmed by a wooden footbridge, see below and traces of the original Mill Race. Picnic tables situated in the park area will also entice you to take your food outdoors and listen to the sounds of the river.
With a fascinating history, scenic grounds, comfy accommodation and knowledgeable staff you will leave Tullyarvan with ample inspiration and information for your Inishowen adventure.