Inch Island

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Inch Island
Native name:
An Inse
Inch island donegal.png
Inch island from Grianan of Aileach
Inch Island is located in island of Ireland
Inch Island
Inch Island
LocationLough Swilly
Coordinates55°03′54″N 7°29′42″W / 55.065°N 7.495°W / 55.065; -7.495Coordinates: 55°03′54″N 7°29′42″W / 55.065°N 7.495°W / 55.065; -7.495
Area13 km2 (5.0 sq mi)
Highest elevation222 m (728 ft)
Population448 (2011)

Inch Island (Irish: An Inse, meaning "The Island")[1] ) is an island in Lough Swilly, County Donegal, Ireland.


The island is around 5 square miles (13 square kilometres) in area.[2] It lies off the Donegal coast near Burt and the start of the Inishowen peninsula; Inch island is connected to the mainland by a causeway road. The island's highest hill is at 222 m.[3]


Historical population
1841 978—    
1851 769−21.4%
1901 462−39.9%
1951 414−10.4%
1996 397−4.1%
2002 438+10.3%
2006 438+0.0%
Source: John Chambers. "Islands - Change in Population 1841 - 2011". Retrieved February 19, 2015.

The table reports data taken from Discover the Islands of Ireland (Alex Ritsema, Collins Press, 1999) and the Census of Ireland.

Relevant buildings[edit]

Presbyterian Church (located at Carnaghan)
The beach looking ENE

The remains of a portal tomb with a nearby burial chamber probably constructed using parts of the original tomb is located near Carnaghan (SW part of the island). [4] A 15th century castle stands on a cliff overlooking Lough Swilly. The island's Presbyterian Church is one of the smallest of the surrounding area (just some 14 families are members of it); its Catholic church, entitled to Our Lady of Lourdes, was built in 1932.[2]


Inch island is a well known birdwatching site with a relevant population of migratory and wintering birds. Bird species on the island include Greenland white fronted goose, whooper swan and greylag goose.[5]


Inch Wildfowl Reserve features an 8km looped walk, catering for outdoor recreational activity including walking, running and cycling. The site includes two car parks, seating, viewpoints and a number of bird hides open to the public. This scenic pathway follows around the lake edge and offers panoramic views of the surrounding agricultural landscape and wetlands.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "An Inse". Placenames Database of Ireland. Dublin City University. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Donegal Islands - INCH ISLAND - Population". WeLoveDonegal. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "Inishowen Area /Inch Top". MountainViews. Ordnance Survey Ireland. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "'Inch Island' : Portal Tomb". Failte Ireland. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  5. ^ "Inch Island -Donegal". Failte Ireland. Archived from the original on April 16, 2015. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  6. ^ "Inch Wildfowl Reserve Looped Walk". Retrieved 2019-01-28.

External links[edit]

Media related to Inch Island at Wikimedia Commons