Inishtrahull, Co Donegal, North West Ireland
For the adventurous sailor, the tiny island of Inishtrahull, Ireland’s northernmost land six miles northeast of Malin Head, provides an intriguing and remote anchorage at Portmore, the inlet on its eastern side once used to service the lighthouse. Inishtrahull has been uninhabited since the lighhousekeepers were withdrawn in 1987, and is now a wildlife reserve and home to seabirds and grey seals.
Facilties include: Anchorage
Inishtrahull’s main interest is geological, Ireland’s oldest rocks are to be found here.It is also well known for its wildlife and is designated a Nature reserve by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The islands geographical location and lighthouse attract many unusual birds, as well as a population of Grey Seals. The island and its adjacent 90 metre depth tidal sound attract basking sharks and cetaceans in large numbers during the summer months. Because of the hundreds of wrecks off its shore it is very popular for divers. Access to the island is limited by the dangerous tides and currents around Malin Head and the island itself. There are landing restrictions enforced by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Commissioners of Irish Lights. Particular care is requested by visitors during the breeding bird period of May - July.