Inch Island

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Going over the causeway to Inch Island.

 

Late morning in early June, and I was on Inch Island in Co. Donegal, with the main goal being the short climb to Inch Top, the hill on the island.  I’ll keep Inch Top for the next post however, as I first spent some time exploring the coast of the island in the beautiful summer weather.  Inch is found in Lough Swilly, a long, narrow sea lough between the Inishowen and Fanad Peninsulas.  It is in a narrow part of the lough, not far from either shore, and there is a road on a causeway connecting it to the Inishowen side.  I didn’t even get fully on to the island before stopping for my first shots of the sky reflected in the still waters of Lough Swilly as I crossed the causeway.

 

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Once on the island, I began to drive round its coast in a clockwise direction, enjoying the pastoral views on its southern side, and across the lough to the base of the Fanad Peninsula.

 

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One of my favourite views of the day.

 

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Half hidden in the trees, is what I think might be the ruins of an old castle or tower.

 

My next stop was on the beach, further round to the western side.

 

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Leaving the beach, I continued moving clockwise around the island, heading for the planned starting point for the walk up to Inch Top.  I made a couple more stops on the northern shore for more coastal views.

 

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A view across to Fahan and Mouldy Hill on the Inishowen mainland.

 

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Coming up next, the walk up to Inch Top.

 

4 thoughts on “Inch Island

  1. It looks a lovely tranquil spot. I wonder if some of those seashells are oysters – they look a little strange. I wonder what species they are. People often cultivate non-native oysters these days.

    1. I thought they were oysters myself Jessica. The coast along Lough Swilly is remarkable for the amount of shells etc washed up – I’ve found types there I’ve never seen anywhere else whatever the reason.

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