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13th Dec 2022

You can buy a private island off the coast of Donegal for €450k

Fiona Frawley

aerial shot of a private island with a long single storey property on it

Or a two-bed mid terrace with a black mould issue in Dublin 8. Whatever you’re into.

If you’ve been dreaming of a place to quite literally get away from it all, you might be interested in this island off the coast of Ballyshannon, Donegal.

Previously shown on RTÉ’s Selling Ireland’s Dream Homes, Inis Saimer is a private residential island surrounded by the sometimes tranquil waters of the Erne Estuary in Ballyshannon Harbour, perched along the Wild Atlantic Way.

While Inis Saimer is a sheltered, private place the island does have its own private floating jetty, providing safe all-tide access to Ballyshannon’s Mall Quay in just one minute by boat. So while you’d have your island haven all to yourself, you could also get over to Ballyshannon’s pubs, shops and restaurants in a flash if solitude ever gets too much for you.


The accommodation on the island is a spacious, 19th century bungalow with three bedrooms, a generous balcony/deck overlooking the Erne River and even a banquet room for hosting your soon-to-be famous island soirées.

Inis Saimer could also potentially be the dream work-from-home spot, as the house is connected to the national electricity grid, has good internet reception and has been surveyed for fibre optic broadband. Logging onto the morning office catch up from your own private island does sound tempting, in fairness.

Via daft.u

The island is currently up on for €450,000 – see the full listing and find out more HERE

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