Inishfree Island, Burtonport, Co Donegal, Ireland

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  • Created: February 15, 2016
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Donegal
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Inishfree is an island 5km off the west coast of Co Donegal, Ireland and is accessed by boat from the fishing town of Burtonport. It is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. It is approx 650 acres in size with sandy beaches and stunning scenery. A visitor to the island can enjoy swimming, diving and fishing with no cars to disturb the peace of the place.

In Early Christian times Inishfree was controlled by Niall of the Nine Hostages, a local chieftain who became High King of Ireland. In the late medieval period, it was held by his descendants, the clan of Red Hugh O'Donnell, who led the last stand against England's conquest of Ulster.

The islanders were Irish speaking families but due to economic circumstances etc they all moved to the mainland in the 1970's.

Since the early 1990's some islanders, amongst others, have returned to live and to enjoy the peace and beauty of the place

1. Inishfree Island, Burtonport, Co Donegal, Ireland

Altitude: 8 m