A Donegal Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point

Inishfree Island

Inishfree (or Inis Fraoigh), lies just 5km off the coast of Donegal, and is a Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point. It is a beautiful Island with, what many describe as a special spiritual feeling. The island was once inhabited by a sizable community of native Gealic speaking families but over the years this dwindled to a handful. At one stage an English man, named Barry Pilcher, lived on his own on the island for 20 years writing poetry and playing his saxophone. He left the island in 2013 to return to his home in Essex, England aged 70. Previously, from 1972 to 1991, a commune called Atlantis, and known in Ireland as the ‘Screamers’ due to their use of screaming as a form of therapy, lived on the island.

Today a small handful of islanders are happy to share their special home with visitors and provide a host of activities including fishing, boating, sea-angling, diving and arts & poetry classes on the island.

It is accessible by ferry from Burtonport Harbour.

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