Turais Oileáin - Island Trips
Visiting the Donegal Islands is a great day out for families, school and work outings, birthday celebrations, stag or hen parties, filming, photography and painting trips.
We offer day trips to the Donegal Gaeltacht islands of Owey, Gola, Arranmore & Tory where you can get away from the routine of everyday life and experience a place where time stands still and where an old Irish culture and way of life survives to this day.
These islands offer a unique setting for hill walking, camping, cycling, bird watching, diving, shore angling, climbing or just an opportunity to relax and absorb the timeless culture and tranquillity.
Oileán Uaigh - Owey Island
Uaigh is situated only a quarter of a mile from Cruit Island where it can be clearly seen from the golf course. Translation of “Uaigh” means grave but it could be argued that it should be “Uaimh” meaning cave as numerous caves penetrate the island. Uaigh is ideal for hill walkers and some of the attractions on the island include the Old School ruins, the “Spink”, the Giant’s Chair and Maoil Mór where there is a spectacular 360-degree view of the surrounding islands, na Rossan (the Rosses) and Gaoth Dobhair (Gweedore). The boat trip to Uaigh takes only 15 minutes from Kincasslagh pier. The landing place or ”Spink” is quite tricky and landing is only possible in favorable weather conditions.
Oileán Ghabhla - Gola Island
Gabhla meaning fork like takes its name from the fork shape of the island. Like Uaigh, Gabhla was inhabited until the 1970s when people left to seek the better opportunities of mainland life, however, in recent years islanders have returned to settle on Gabhla during the summer months. The ferry service, Seod Gabhla, departs Bunbeg and Magheragallon. Gabhla is a hill walker’s paradise and can be explored in a few hours by following Slí Ghabhla (Gola Way) walkway, which is signposted from the pier.
The cruise to Gabhla from Kincasslagh pier on Caitlín Marie takes about 30 minutes. En route you will pass Rann na Liath lighthouse, Mullaghderg and Carrickfinn sandy beaches and Donegal Airport before arriving in Gabhla.
Árainn Mhór – Arranmore Island
Arainn Mhór is the largest of the Donegal Islands and is home to 600 inhabitants throughout the year, increasing to 1500 in the summer months. The island ferry service departs several times from Burtonport daily and visitors to the island can relax in the friendly atmosphere of any one of six traditional Irish pubs. The island provides an ideal setting for a short holiday with facilities for sea angling, diving, hill walking and cycling on your doorstep.
Why not try the scenic route to Árainn Mhór from Kincasslagh Pier with Saoire Mara on our new charter boat Caitlín Marie. A relaxing 45 minute cruise along Cruit Island, through Owey Sound an onward to Árainn Mhór.
Oileán Thoraí – Tory Island
Toraigh is one of the most remote Islands of Ireland. Lying eight miles off Cnoc Fola (Bloody Foreland) it is home to a population of almost 200 people who live mainly in two little villages on the island, An Baile Thiar (West Town) and An Baile Thoir (East Town). The island ferry service departs daily from An Bun Beag (Bunbeg) and Machaire Rabhartaigh (Magheraroarty). Toraigh is famous for its storytellers, painters, musicians and Sean Nós singers and musicians are always welcome on the island. Céilís are often held in the local hotel where you will no doubt meet the famous "an Rí Thoraí" (King of Tory).
Saoire Mara welcomes you onboard our relaxing cruise to Toraigh from Kincasslagh Pier on our charter boat Caitlín Marie, passing Inis Fraoigh, Gabhla, Inis Iarrthar and Cnoc Fola (Bloody Foreland), arriving in Toraigh within an hour and a half.
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