DescriptionInch Cove is located on an elevated site with panoramic views over Lough Swilly towards Rathmullan, the Fanad peninsula. Inishowen and fahan Marina. Relax on the extensive wood deck and savour the spectacular sunsets as you gaze westwards towards the mountains of west Donegal. Stay at this holiday home and you have access to 4 acres of Prrivate wooded garden with path down to the beach and a sea front patio. This area also features a Paddock and sand arena.
A Tranquil Base For Exploring Inishowen and Derry City
Inch Island itself is a small island lying just off the Donegal coast at Burt at the start of the Inishowen peninsula . It is connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway. It is a quiet place with beautiful and diverse scenery - from the fertile lands on the eastern side to the rugged hills and sheltered coves on the western side.
It has a small working fishing harbour, a Napoleonic era fort built into the cliffs and the ruins of an old castle which is located close to the holiday home. The castle was once the property of the O'Doherty Clan of Inishowen. The castle is built on a cliff edge overlooking the Swilly and dates from about the mid 15th century and although it is mostly ruins there are parts of it still in good repair.
Inch Island is also a birdwatcher's paradise. It has a designated wildfowl sanctuary and has large manmade lake filled with swans, geese and many other species of bird. Three species, Whooper Swan, Greenland White-fronted Goose and Greylag Goose, occur in numbers of international importance. This is the area where the swans make their Irish landfall in autumn on their return from breeding grounds in Iceland and there are some excellent vantage points from which to view these majestic birds.
Ideal Holiday Base
The holiday home is an ideal base for a relaxing getaway and yet it just a 15 minute drive from the centre of the historic walled city of Derry. It is just 5 minutes drive from the quaint village of Fahan which has a large marina and a fine sandy beach. A further 5 minutes is the large coastal town of Buncrana – the main town on the beautiful Inishowen peninsula.
Local Attractions and Amenities
Visit the ancient walled City of Derry on the banks of the Foyle - Uk City of Culture 2013
Enjoy bird watching at the Inch Wild Fowl Reserve
Enjoy some of the fine sandy beaches and coves in and around Inch Island and nearby Fahan village
Visit An Grianan of Aileach. This is a 5000 year old neolithic stone fort located on a hilltop at nearby Burt, with commanding views of loughs Foyle and Swilly.
Take a day trip to the majestic Glenveagh National Park (58km) in the Donegal Highlands
Explore the northern coast of Northern Ireland. The Giants Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle are just some of the top attractions in this area.
Try a sailing course at the nearby Lough Swilly Yacht Club in Fahan (summer months)
Visit the Fort and Military Museum at Dunree (22km)
Visit the newly renovated Isle of Doagh Famine Village near Ballyliffin (35km) This wondeful attraction depicts life in Donegal at different stages throughout history in an informative and enjoyable tour
Take a trip around the famous Inishowen 100. This is one of Ireland's most scenic drives. The route includes dramatic coastal scenery plus a fine collection of ancient forts and monuments, traditional craft centres, and a dozen or so friendly villages. Scenic highlights include the Gap of Mamore, and Malin Head - Ireland's most northerly point
Use the Lough Swilly ferry service at Buncrana to explore the neighbouring Fanad Peninsula
Visit the Inishowen Maritime Museum in Greencastle, which includes a state-of-the-art planetarium
Go walking on the many coastal pathways, woodland, and hills on the Inishowen Peninsula
Go fishing on Inch Lake, the Crana River or at the Fullerton Dam