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Rathlin O'Birne Island, Glencolmcille, Donegal

6 beds Cottage 2 bath 2550 ft 2 Energy Rating


DNG Dorrian are proud to be marketing, this rather unique opportunity to purchase part of Rathlin O’Birne Island comprising of two former lighthouse keeper’s cottages set on approximately 7 acres (c. 2.83 ha) in area. The subject property consists a grassy headland connected to the main island by a sea arch which is bonded on each side by stone walls creating a sheltered walkway to the main access point onto the Island positioned on the mainland side.

In its entirety, the island comprises of (2) x derelict residential buildings (all in-need of substantial modernisation and upgrading) flanked by a fully functional, remotely controlled lighthouse currently operated and managed by the Commissioners of Irish Lights and excluded entirely from the overall. Located only a short boat trip from mainland villages of Malinbeg and Teelin and slightly longer from the fishing port of Killybegs access points from the mainland are within easy reach.

Rathlin O’Birne Lighthouse
Rathlin O’Birne is a small, uninhabited island situated on the north-west coast of Ireland about three nautical miles off Malinbeg Head and is County Donegal’s most westerly point. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, this major landmark
marks the entrance to Donegal Bay and provides excellent panoramic views towards Slieve League and the entrance to Silver Stand Beach in Malinbeg.

The lighthouse forms a dramatic feature on Rathlin O’Birne island off the west Donegal coast. The finely crafted
stonework is typical of lighthouse construction, while the retention of early fabric enhances its historic character and integrity. Rathlin O’Birne lighthouse was originally built between 1847-1856 to designs by George Halpin. Halpin
designed and/or supervised the construction of many lighthouses throughout Ireland, including those on Troy Island,
St. John’s Point, Fanad Head, Inishowen, Rotten Island near Killybegs, and on Inishtrahull in County Donegal.

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottages
The buildings on the island comprises of two semi-detached, stone built cottages together with an assortment of small auxiliary sto ...

DNG Dorrian

Bridge Street, Killybegs, Co. Donegal

Tel: 074 973 1291

PSRA Licence No.  002810  /  002810

Rory Dorrian Tel: 074 97 31140


Stamp Duty: €750.00
Total Amount: €75,750.00