Inch Wildlife Reserve Looped Walk

Situated in the shadow of Scalp Mountain on the eastern shores of Lough Swilly, tucked neatly behind Inch Island, you will find Inch Wildfowl Reserve. The combination within this site of extensive feeding areas and safe resting and roosting sites makes this site one of the most important wetlands in the country for wintering waterfowl. This site is situated to the east of Lough Swilly, approximately 8 km to the south of Buncrana. It supports a wide diversity of wintering waterfowl, notably swans and geese, as well as breeding terns, gulls, waders and duck.

However you will experience much more than just wetland birds here at Inch, it’s a haven for farmland birds and birds of prey. Being on the western most part of Europe it also attracts a fair share of unusual birds throughout the year. It is also an important link in the overall Lough Swilly wetland system, which includes Blanket Nook and Big Isle to the southwest.

Pump House Car Park

Slab Road, Inch Levels, Burt, Co Donegal.
Lat/Long: 55.0517, -7.4440

If you were standing here 200
years ago you would be either
stuck in the mud or under the
water of Lough Swilly. The
farmland behind you is reclaimed
from the sea over 160 years ago
and turned into some of the
richest farmland in the country.

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Tready Hide

Inch Levels, Burt, Co Donegal.
Lat/Long: 55.0459, -7.4502

Did you know the path you have
been walking on was once part
of the railway line from Derry to
Letterkenny. Imagine the spectacle
to witness this view from the inside
of a railway carriage.

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Farland Car Park

Inch Levels, Burt, Co Donegal.
Lat/Long: 55.0428, -7.4767

When the Reclamation project
was started about 1850, three
embankments were created, The
Tready embankment, The Farland
embankment and The Inch

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Farland Bank Hide

Inch Island, Co Donegal.
Lat/Long: 55.0496, -7.4701

Now at the Island end of
the Farland Bank, you have
unsurpassed views over and
beyond the Reserve.

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Baylet, Inch Island, Co Donegal
Lat/Long: 55.0547, -7.4602

This area is known locally as
McGraths, a common local name.
This part of the island has been
a busy place for hundreds if not
thousands of years, were the old
public road arrived on the island.

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Bank End

Inch Island, Co Donegal.
Lat/Long: 55.0614, -7.4620

As you enter the wet woodland
boardwalk you are immersed into
a new habitat, listen for singing
birds both in the trees and from
the sedges at the lake edge.

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Watery Road, Inch Levels, Fahan, Co Donegal.
Lat/Long: 55.0625, -7.4538

The Fowler family took up
residence here around the time
the embankments were built in
the mid 1800’s.

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Tooban Hide

Tooban, Inch levels, Fahan, Co Donegal.
Lat/Long: 55.0577, -7.4368

As you have walked back from the
Island of Inch towards Tooban, you
have enjoyed walking along the old
Buncrana to Derry Railway Line.

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Grianan Farm

Inch Levels, Burt, Co Donegal.
Lat/Long: 55.0459, -7.4312

Grianan Farm was created from
the mud and salt marsh of Lough
Swilly over 160 years ago.

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