Inch Wildfowl 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 Carpark

Tready Hide

Farland Carpark

Farland Bank Hide

Bank End

Fowlers

McGraths

Tooban Hide

Grianan Farm

 Pump House Car Park

 

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.

 

 Tready Hide

 

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.

 

 

 Farland Carpark

 

When the Reclamation project

was started about 1850, three

embankments were created, The

Tready embankment, The Farland

embankment and The Inch

embankment.

 

 

 

 Farland Bank Hide

 

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.

 

 

 McGrath's

 

This area is known locally as

McGrath's, 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.

 

 

 

 Bank End

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 Fowlers

 

The Fowler family took up

residence here around the time

the embankments were built in

the mid 1800’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 Tooban Hide

 

As you have walked back from the

Island of Inch towards Tooban, you

have enjoyed walking along the old

Buncrana to Derry Railway Line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Grianan Farm

 

Grianan Farm was created from

the mud and salt marsh of Lough

Swilly over 160 years ago.