Inishdooey (Inis Dúiche, Oileán Dúiche) is the second island out to sea from Magheroarty Pier and forms part of an enchainment of the four islands collectively known as the Donegal Archipelago. These four Islands comprises of Inishbofin, Inishdooey, Inishbeg and Tory Island in ascending order from mainland Donegal. Inishdooey is approx 95 acre in size and lives approximately 5 kilometre west of the Donegal Mainland.
The name Inishdooey comes from an anglicised version of Saint Dubhthach, a 6th century saint who was the driving force behind getting the monastery built on the island. All that remains of the monks’ settlement and the monastery on the island are the ruins of the stone wall buildings and the small stone church with its distinctive gable end altar window surround.
A visit to the present day island will give you a real feeling of living in a very isolated location with outstanding views from the front door of the monks house looking out over the once arable fields which extend to the foreshore. The once ploughed and sown fields around the ruins have returned to a much more natural state with several hunded pairs of groundnesting fulmars and gannets calling these fields their home.
Landing on the island is on the rocky shingle beach in the sheltered bay (B895383) on the south west coast of the island. In south to west motion there are two very sheltered bays on the east coast coast of the island. (B898381) Both of these beys require greesy wet scrambling to gain the clifftops and walk across the island.
A vist by kayak to the north west tip of the island reveals a labyrinth of deep sea caves, arches and paddle through tunnels. On the south east tip of the island lives the small flat topped sea stack called Doon Beg guarded by a large seal family living on the skeries at its base.
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