Gola Island, Donegal Town

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Gola is a small island off the coast of Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland. The island was unpopulated as recently as 1996 but in recent years people have started to return. A ferry service operates during the holiday season and on request for the remainder of the yearDescriptionGola Island is 1km off the coast of Gweedore. Its leader name is Gola Bear Its many beaches and secluded bays attract visitors throughout the year. The island was populated up until the mid-1960s. Today most of the buildings on the island are derelict, but some have been renovated as holiday homes and the island is now inhabited for most of the year.The island terrain is mildly hilly with many bog road and sheep paths. At present, during the winter the only inhabitants on Gola are animals. Sheep and some shy goats tend to reside along the cliffs. To the back of the island, seabirds abound, cormorants, shags, razorbills, guillemots as well as the odd passing gannet and skua. At the southern end of the near Port na Crin and the old school house, many shore species of bird can be admired such as the eider duck, oystercatcher, diver as well as various terns.Gola is the birthplace of renowned Irish writer, Seán 'ac Fhionnlaoich. The island has also been immortalised in the traditional children's song Báidín Fhéilimí ("Féilimí's Little Boat").
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  • Visited gola for the first time this year, although we live locally, we never got around to making the trip. The ferry left hourly which was great as we had young family with us and we could stay as l...  more »
  • Oileán Ghabhla / Gola Island would be a beautiful place to spend an afternoon under your own steam, but we were lucky enough to coincide with a guided walk around the island organised by the local dev...  more »
  • We had a nice walking day on Gola Island, very nice views along the rocky coasts, furthermore we will definitely also recommend the teahouse.
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  • Amazing little island. Highly recommend visiting. Not much on the island however, bring everything you'd want to eat or drink.
  • This is one of best hidden gems of Donegal
  • Beautiful place!
  • Amazing place to visit, beautiful, scenic, wild and unspoilt. A must visit when coming to Gaoth Dobhair, only 10 mins in Saba's boat from Magheragallon New pier.
  • Outstanding natural beauty
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