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Inch Island

Inch Island
Native name: An Inse
Inch island from Grianan of Aileach
Inch Island is located in island of Ireland
Inch Island (Ireland)
Location Lough Swilly
Area 13 km2 (5.0 sq mi)
Highest elevation 222 m (728 ft)
Province Ulster
County Donegal
Population 438 (as of 2006)

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


  • Geography 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Relevant buildings 3
  • Nature 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The island is around 5 sqare 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 connecetd to the mainland by a causeway road. The island's highest hill is at 222 m.[3]


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

Relevant buildings

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 member 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]

See also


  1. ^ "An Inse". Placenames Database of Ireland.  
  2. ^ a b "Donegal Islands - INCH ISLAND - Population". WeLoveDonegal. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Inishowen Area /Inch Top". MountainViews.  
  4. ^ Inch Island' : Portal Tomb"'".  
  5. ^ "Inch Island -Donegal".  

External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • The island page on
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