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Donegal Islands

Islands in Donegal

Donegal Islands


Tory Island (Oilean Thoraigh) Tory Island is an island located 14.5km off the north west coast of Donegal. The island itself is 5km long and 1km wide. The main spoken language on the island is Irish. Tory is part of the Donegal Gaeltach twith a population of 96 reduced from 133 in 2002 census. Tory has a regular ferry service from Bunbeg and Magheraroarty. Turasmara operates a modern coastal cruiser around the year with frequent sailings during the summer months. Passengers can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery along Donegal’s north west coast. The island has been home to a small community of artists and has its own art gallery. Derek Hill the famous artist was associated with this artist community. The current king of Tory is painter Patsy Dan Rodgers. Turasmara: 0035374 9531320 email eolas@toryislandferry.com


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gola Island (Oilean Ghabhla) Gola Island is a small island situated two miles from Magheragallon Pier. Stone ruins of former houses are dotted around the island where people resided until the late sixties. The old schoolhouse was built in 1846 and in the 1940’s had 70 pupils. In the late 1960’s all the island residents moved to live on the mainland due to their school closure in 1967. People have now begun returning to Gola Island restoring some of the old houses. A regular ferry service the Seod Gabhla has been launched and is bringing life back to the island. Visitors go there to walk, rock climb and birdwatch. Ferry service: 087 6607003


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inisbofin ( Inis Bo Finne) Inisbofin is situated two miles from the coastline at Falcarragh-a ten minute boat trip from the mainland. The island remains unchanged from its heyday in the 1970’s when a population of 120 people enjoyed a quiet existence on fishing and farming. From March until October many of the former residents return to fish for lobster, crab and salmon. Other families return with their children for thbe school holiday period. Many of the renovated houses are used as holiday homes.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aranmore Island (Arainn Mhor) Aranmore Island is a 20 minute car ferry crossing from the fishing village of Burtonport. Since 2007 there is a fast ferry service that covers the journey from Burtonport in 5 minutes. Aranmore Island is the largest island off the Donegal coastline and the second largest island off the Irish coast and is part of the Donegal Gaeltacht. The population of Aranmore is 528 rising to over 1,000 during the summer months as it is a popular tourist destination. The island folk rely on fishing and tourism for its income. Ferry Service: 074 9520532 Website www.arainnmhor.com/ferry/

Fast ferry Sevice: 087 3171810 email: arranmorecharters@eircom.net


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inisfree Island (Inis Fraoigh) Inisfree is a tiny island one mile square in the sheltered sea bay between Dungloe and Burtonport. In the early 20th century the island was home to a tightly knit community of 36 families who lived in clusters of small cottages complete with school and post office. In the 1970’s the sad exodus of islanders to the mainland began. From the mid seventies until 1991 a commune called Atlantis lived on the island. Gradually since 1991 Inisfree is being inhabited again by former islanders and their families.

Inisfree Charters: 087 9253534

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rutland Island (Inis Mhic an Doirn) lies half a mile from Burtonport a small fishing village on the west coast of Donegal. In years gone by the road structure was non existant and the main access to the area was by sea. The main landing point was at Rutland Island. Rutland was a flourinhing commercial centre where a colony of English settlers established a colony after the plantation of Ulster in 1609. Today the island is enjoying a new lease of life where the islanders of today are original islanders and their families who have renovated their old homesteads. Many visitors visit Rutland in the summer months.

Inisfree Charters: 087 9253534



 

 

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