The days are getting longer & the chickens are out & about so we're looking to build some wooden chicken tractors this spring, as well as restore one wind battered farm office! And Lots and Lots of painting! There is a lot of general maintenance to be done, gardening and DIY. We are also interested in people who have experience with sanding windows and then painting them.
We're Hannah and Dominic, we live on a family farm on Inch Island, Ireland. The island is only 5 miles in diametre and we are 8km from the nearest town. There is lots to do on the island from the wildfowl bird walk to swimming in the lough Swilly. We enjoy cycling, walking and most outdoor activities! Hannah makes sculpture & is a keen bee-keeper and Dominic loves digital analytics, software, writing & travelling. We also have 2 cats that live in the house with us.
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The weather isn't as bad as people think it is! You would learn about farming, Irish history - more about the local area and Donegal. You would also learn lots about farming - depending on season, painting, gardening & use farming equipment.
Kind of jobs might be:
-Painting fences - LOTS OF PAINTING :)
-Building a portable chicken run - wood work skills would come in handy!
-Lots of gardening - really need help with this!
-Paddock fencing - putting up fencing and fixing fencing
-Clearing of scrub - clearing weeded areas to prepare for new chickens & roost.
-Making small out houses to store kayaks and other equipment - might help if you have some skill in carpentry or something similar. We're also considering bringing in and converting a shipping container
You would stay with Hannah and Dominic in your own room in our cottage at the bottom of the farm. There is another spare room in the cottage which is used for paying guests. The bedroom has a bunk-bed in it (you would be the only person in the room). You would have full use of the kitchen and downstairs bathroom as well as the utilities room. We also have an extra large bell tent if you would like to sleep under the stars, just let us know which you prefer! (That might be another fun job, helping us fit a wood burning stove inside!)
Grianan of Aileach, accessed by travelling to Burnfoot and turning right (at junction to Letterkenny) at the end of this road you will see the round chapel of St Aengus and you will see the sign post for Grianan of Aileach. One of the five most aient sites mentioned on Ptolemy of Alexandria’s 2nd Century map of Ireland, believed to have been constructed around 1,500 B.C. St Patrick baptised King Eoghan (Owen) at the Fort in 442 A.D. It is an impressive stone built ring fort, located on the top of Greenan hill and with spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding hills lakes and countryside.
St Aengus Church, known locally as Burt Chapel, built in 1967 in a design replicating the Grianan of Aileach Fort, the renowned architect Liam McCormick worked on the project. The setting, the circular style and beautiful Celtic stained glass windows all contribute towards making this worthwhile place of interest to visit. In 2000 the building was voted as the Millennium building of the century.
Dunree Fort, Located 7 miles north of Buncrana, situated along the shores of the Lough Swilly commanding majestic views of the Swilly and its shorelines. A British fort that was relinquished to the Irish in 1938. The facilities include an Exhibition centre, Audio visual facilities, Cafeteria, scenic walks, unique flora and fauna, and birdlife. The Fort is open all year round and at various times they host Art exhibitions.
Fahan Graveyard, located on the main Derry to Buncrana Road, it was the site of a monastery founded by St Colmcille for his disciple St Mura, St Mura’s grave is marked with the Fahan Mura Cross, an early 7th century cross-slab, the design demonstrates a close connection with Scotland. This graveyard contains many famous remains including Horatio Nelson, a newphew of great Lord Nelson, who died in 1811, in the newer graveyard the graves of 71 sailors who lost their lives with the sinking of the Laurentic in 1917. Agnes Jones, died 1868, is also buried in the graveyard, Agnes was born in Fahan House and trained as a nurse and worked alongside Florence nightingale during the Crimean War.
O’Doherty’s Keep, Buncrana, built circa early 1600 and situated over the Crana Bridge, this location where Wolfe Tone was held Prisoner when he was brought ashore in Buncrana in 1798.
Ned’s Point Fort, just north of Buncrana Town, a Napoleonic fort manned by the British from 1812 to defend the area from invasion. The R.N.L.I. lifeboat station is situated nearby.
Tullyarvan Mill, Buncrana, once a corn mill in the 19th Century, restored over the past number of years and is now a museum dedicated to depicting the textile industry that has long been associated with the surrounding area. It houses a craft shop, exhibition area, café, an Irish School, conference venue, a hostel and regularly host concerts, music and visual arts workshops and summer schools.
Doagh Famine Village, Doagh Island, north of Buncrana, a visitor centre opened in 1997, an outdoor museum tells the story of life in this area in the 1970’s going back to the Famine in the 1840’s.
Malin Head, the most northerly point in Ireland and famous for its rugged natural beauty of mountains, bays, inlets and rocks. At Banba’s Crown there is an information point and a marked path taking you on a walk to some fantastic scenic points. Great photographic opportunities.
Coastal and Hill Walks
Swan Park, a walk around the area of the Crana river with seating and picnic areas.
Coastal walk, from Crana Bridge to Ned’s Point past Porthaw Beach to Fr.Hegarty’s Rock onto Stragill Beach – Appox 3 kilometres.
Mamore Gap, was once the sole gateway between Buncrana and Urris, at the crest of this steep road a number if holy relics are to be found, a holy well dedicated to St Eigne and locals hold an annual mass on this site August 15th in commemoration of Pagan Times.
Glenevin, Waterfall, located one mile from Clonmany, the walk up Glenevin Valley to the waterfall takes the rambler on a safe, well sign-posted route: footbridge are dotted along the track to allow you to cross the stream. The waterfall is wedge shaped and cascades fresh mountain water over blak rock from a height of 30ft.
Inishowen Marine Attractions
Inishowen has experienced higher than normal temperatures this year and has attracted Basking sharks in from the deeper off shore feeding areas off Malin Head.
Bottlenose Dolphines have been sighted in large numbers this year in the Swilly and off Culdaff Bay.
A Porposie has taken up residency in the waters off Dunree Fort and Dunagree Point (beside Stroove Beach)
Inch Wildlife Reserve
To access the reserve travel as though you are driving off of inch island, before you drive over the ‘banking’ off of the island take the last left (straight on). There is a car park 300metres down that small track road. The reserve is one of the most important wetlands of the North West of Ireland with an international ecological status. It is the permanent home of the mute swan and plays temporary host to the Whooper and Bedwick Swans. Following an investment of 65k by the Donegal Country Council woodland trails with educational and tourism interpretative construction of 8km of walkways on lines around the perimeter of the Inch Lake and upgrading to improve access to the site.
The Lough Swilly Yacht Club is sited at Fahan and has a varied programme of events throughout the season. A 350 berth Marina is sited at Fahan.
Millbay beach and the Inch Fort beach. You could travel to lisfannon beach with blue flag status, a long sandy beach of 5km, Culdaff beach, 20 miles from Buncrana has blue flag status and is popular with surfers, Stroove beach, approx. 30 miles from Buncrana has blue flag status with breathtaking walks. Buncrana itself has the Lady’s Bay and the Connaberry shore front, Porthaw, Stragill, and Linsfort and a number of other small beaches.
Festival Park, located on the shore front in Buncrana
Buncrana Town Facilities
Tourist Information Office, shops, post office, banks, Lidl, dry cleaners, hairdressers, churches, library, restaurants, cafes.
Local buse’s to Derry and Letterkenny, Taxi’s, Sea Ferry from Greencastle to Magillian
Buncrana Golf Club
North West Golf Club 18 – hole course. Located on the main Derry to Buncrana road.
Ballyliffin Glashedy links, a course built on a truly majestic scale and makes the most of a truly dramatic location. The Old Links was principally designed by mother nature and upgraded by Nick Faldo who considers it to be one of the best links courses in the world. For further details see or telephone 00353749376119
The Fennel Shed – Patchwork Quilt making, tuition packages and programmes can be arranged for individuals or any size of group. Materials, patterns etc. available to purchase and a full range of colourful quilts etc available to buy.
Moville Pottery – Full range of pottery available for purchase, tour of pottery and painting your own piece of pottery can be arranged for groups of 2 or up to 20 people. Open Mon-Fri, further details contact 0749382053
Glendowen Craft Shop and Studio – specialising in unique tweed garments and accessories. Located on the main road to Clonmany. Call 0749376265 or
Glenveagh National Park – via Letterkenny, built in 1870 by landlord John George Adair, renowned for evicting tenants in 1861. In 1975 the lands were purchased by the Irish state and in 1981 the then owner Mr Mc Ilhenny presented Glenveagh Castle and the gardens to the Irish nation. The Castle and the gardens usually open from Easter to the end of October each year. Guided tours of the Castle take place regularly each day and the gardens are available for walking and exploring. Very worthwhile with wildlife including herds of Red deer and is home to the Golden Eagle. Most of the park is mountainous and suitable for the properly prepared hikers. There are paths and guided walks are held during the summer months.
Giants Causeway, Approx 1.30 hours drive from Inch Island, considered from the 1700’s to being the 8th wonder of the world, 40,000 basalt columns with theories on it’s formation vary from natural occurrence to the giant Finn Mac Cool.
Mussenden Temple, near Castlerock in Co Derry, built in 1785, it perches dramatically on a 120ft cliff top, high above the Atlantic on the North West Coast with fantastic views of Downhill Strand, Magillian Point, Donegal, Portstewart, Portrush and Fair Head. The Temple and the surrounding views are among the most photographed scenes in Ireland. The Temple had stabilisation work completed in 1997 to prevent its erosion and loss to the sea.
Bushmills Distillery, close in proximity to the Gaints Causeway, Ireland’s oldest whiskey distrillery, legally producing Irish Malt Whiskey since 1608, local folklore would indicate its illegal production from the 1400’s. Daily guided tours of the distillery are available including a complimentary glass of the final product, tours run every 30 minutes – it’s best to check on the website what is happening as sometimes they close areas for work on the distillery.
Derry’s walls, Derry City Walking Tour – tells the history of the City of Derry, available everyday leaving from 11 Carlisle Road at 10am, 12 noon and 2pm, duration 1 hour can be shorter or longer depending on needs of the group or individual. Price £4 sterling. Further info call 04871271996 or
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