Inch Island

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

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)


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]


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 buildingsEdit

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 alsoEdit


  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 linksEdit

  Media related to Inch Island at Wikimedia Commons