Iniskeel Island

Top choice in Southwestern Donegal

You can walk out to this tiny island at low tide from the sandy tip of the Blue Flag beach at Narin. St Connell, a cousin of St Colmcille (Columba), founded a monastery here in the 6th century and the island is studded with early-medieval Christian remains, including two ruined churches and some decorated grave slabs.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Southwestern Donegal attractions

1. Dolmen Ecocentre

1.82 MILES

Learn about several local prehistoric sites, including the grand Kilclooney More Court Tomb, as well as a tortoise-like passage tomb a short walk up a…

2. Tramore Beach

3.29 MILES

Backed by sand dunes, this remote and beautiful beach is worth a detour. It's south of Kiltoorish; look for a right turn off the R261 just north of…

3. Ardara Heritage Centre

6.05 MILES

Set in the old town courthouse, this volunteer-run centre traces the story of Donegal tweed, from sheep shearing to dye production and weaving.

4. Maghera Strand

6.08 MILES

This astonishing beach is a dream come true, especially if you are rewarded with a gorgeous sunset. Get here during lowish tide to explore the caves in…

5. Assarancagh Waterfall

6.55 MILES

These impressive falls are a worthwhile stop on the way to Maghera Strand. There's a small makeshift shrine to the left of the waterfall.

6. St Connell's Museum & Heritage Centre

7.71 MILES

Next to the courthouse, this informative little museum has a wealth of exhibits on local history over several floors and doubles as an info centre and…

7. Glengesh Pass

8.79 MILES

On a narrow road from Glencolumbcille to Ardara, past remote mountain bogland, magnificent Glengesh Pass (Glean Géis; meaning 'Glen of the Swans'),…

8. Green Island

10.47 MILES

Off the southwestern tip is Green Island, a bird sanctuary for corncrakes, snipes and a variety of seabirds; you can see it from Arranmore (but not visit).