About Monhegan Island
“Perhaps it is the silver light that dances off the mirror of the sea or the fog that softens the landscape that has lured painters here since the 19th century.” — National Geographic
Come with us to Monhegan and prepare to lose your heart to the island that time forgot. A thriving fishing village as well as an historic artist’s colony, Monhegan beckons to nature lovers, photographers, artists, writers, poets, and every traveler in search of a truly unspoiled hideaway.
On this rugged, sea-ringed haven, you can hike 17 miles of trails through towering evergreens and along the shore, visit art galleries and studios, and find special keepsakes in simple gift shops. On the eastern edge of the island, the cliffs offer awe-inspiring views of crashing surf far below. It’s a spectacular place for a picnic. While on the island, you will also want to visit the Monhegan Museum up at the lighthouse, which has been devotedly developed by island residents. Its exhibits chronicle the island’s history, flora, and fauna.
Whether you take a day trip or spend a few days at one of the inns and guest houses, you will feel you have stepped back in time a hundred years. It is refreshment for both body and soul.
“Monhegan is hiking heaven.” — Shape magazine
For more about Monhegan Island, see the following web sites:
- Monhegan.com Especially for the Rope Shed, an online bulletin board where you can post your Monhegan questions and comments.
- Monhegan Visitor’s Guide An online version of the print guide available to all passengers on our boats.