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Island Roy View
Island Roy - Oileán Ruaidh, Co. Donegal
Family friendly
Free to visit
Dog friendly
Island Roy View (Oileán Ruaidh) is a magical retreat from the rush of the rest of the world. This tiny 65 hectare island off the coast of Donegal is so little-known and secluded that it doesn't always feature on maps.

This tiny undiscovered island is surprisingly easy to reach. As long as you don't arrive at high tide, you can drive across to this unique retreat. Before the causeway to the mainland was built, children used to wade through the water on stilts at low tide to get to school.

It was formerly known as Oileran na Bhreighe, meaning 'island of the prisoners,' and had links with Doe Castle on Rosapenna.

The present name, Oilean Ruaidh, means 'red island,' so called for the vibrant rusty colour of the vegetation in winter. The English name, 'Island Roy' is just a phonetic rendering penned hastily by surveyors in the 19th century.

The rocky shores and green fields of Oilean Ruaidh provide ideal nesting for birds and an abundance of wildlife. It's the perfect place to spend a day walking and breathing in the stunning views across to the sand dunes at Machaire Loiscthe, the Fanad Mountains and An Mhucais.

Contact details
Unnamed Road, Leat Beg, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend around 15 to 30 minutes here.

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