You will experience the sheer beauty and
ruggedness of one of Europe’s most westerly points. The Inishkea
Islands, just off the coast, are steeped in a mythology and
history that will sweep the most modern thinking person back to
the past. These Islands were once home to a whaling station that
landed 800+ whales at the turn of the last century.The
Islands have a unique, if harsh, habitat for the 200 plant species
and over 85 types of resident and migrating birds been recorded.
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On South lnishkea there is a
tall cross-slab with an elaborate design, south of the harbour.
North of the harbour there are two concentric circles of small
stones with a cross-pillar in the centre and to the west the
foundations of a small church. At Port a' Leachta there is a holy
well dedicated to St. Deirbhle. A heap of white stones gives it
the name Port a' Leachta.
Godstone, or the Naomhög is a small stone figure of unknown
origin, much revered by the islanders and credited with
supernatural powers. They claimed it was equally powerful in
calming a tempest when their own boats were at sea, or raising one
to bring them a wreck when a ship passed close by the island.
On the south-west of North
lnishkea there are the remains of a small church,
dedicated to St. Colmcille in the early Christian period. The most
conspicious features of the islands are three large dunes, known
locally as the Baileys - the Bailey Mór, Bailey Beag and Bailey Dóighte,
located on the east of the island.
The lowlying coasts of the islands are home to
large numbers of grey seal while sharp-eyed visitors can see
Dolphins, Whales and Basking sharks out to sea.
associated with a celebrated fable in Irish mythology, 'The
Children of Lir' doomed to wander the waters of Ireland for
900 years as enchanted singing swans, spending their last 300 here
before regaining human form and withering to dust.