Inishcoo House, Inishcoo Island - Burtonport, Burtonport

7 Bedrooms :: Sleeps 17

Inishcoo House, Inishcoo Island - Burtonport

Sea ViewsFree Wi-FiTraditional PropertyCot & Highchair

Inishcoo House is a large, beautifully restored 18th century coastguard house standing alone on a magical uninhabited island just 5 minutes bovat ride from the historic fishing village of Burtonport on the mainland. The island features several glorious sandy beaches, a shipwreck, an inland lake and unlimited walking, fishing, boating and swimming possibilities.  

The house is believed to have sheltered Bonnie Prince Charlie after his escape from Scotland. It faces south on to Rutland Sound, which is a busy channel, including the ferries to and from Arranmore passing the house within metres. 

Inishcoo has 7 bedrooms and can sleep 5 couples comfortably plus one small doouble (with 4 ft bed and one small single room.. However there are several options within this large holiday home that make it possible to accommodate up to 20 + cots, particularly where children are involved (including a huge, bright children's dormitory in the roofspace). Please contact the owner who will gladly outline the options available.

A Luxury Eco-Friendly Island Retreat

The house is an eco-house, and warm and cosy all year round, with air-conditioning if needed in the summer. Inishcoo House and its garden is completely enclosed and is totally safe for wandering children. Beyond that is another 6 acres of private grounds enclosed on three sides by lovely old stone walls where older children can play unsupervised among the wild flowers and boulders (brilliant for hide and seek!).

Within the grounds stands an old stone watch hut from which coastguards have observed the bay for centuries and where our guests can do the same today in complete peace and seclusion.

In keeping with the eco friendly theme, it is necessary to conserve water on Inishcoo as much as possible.  Instead of mains water, rainwater is harvested and filtered -  a system that will no doubt become more common on the mainland as water charges apply!  FREE WI-FI is included with fast Broadband speed and there is good mobile telephone reception (although you may need to be by a window as the walls are so thick)!

NB. The owners warn that although we will do all we can in our power to restore any break in the link with broadband, we are very much in the hands of the provider, who for some reason requires four working days notice before an engineer contacts us. There is no choice of Internet provider, and we can only apologise if there is a problem while you are there.  We will hope that if the worst happens, there will be enough excitements living on the island to be able to enjoy the escape from modernity and the rat race!  

Oscar Duffy is our friendly caretaker and he is on hand throughout your holiday. He is also available to ferry guests to Burtonport or on boating trips around the islands.    Many of our guests enjoy the island so much that they only visit the mainland once or twice a week to do the shopping. There are four excellent supermarkets in nearby Dungloe, 8 minutes drive from Burtonport, with local fish and vegetable markets on various days.


Ideal Base to Explore Donegal's Wild Atlantic Way

But for those that do want to explore Donegal, some of the wildest and most beautiful scenery in Ireland awaits them. Mountain ranges, deep lakes, the tallest cliffs in Europe, mile-long sandy beaches, legendary links golf courses, old pubs (many with gaelic music): everything is here to make this holiday completely unique. The weather is often surprisingly hot and sunny (thank you the gulfstream), and ofe course it can also be fierce and wet, but it will always be an experience and usually liable to change within the next half hour!

Besides a Visitors Centre, voluntarily manned, there is an excellent, very friendly and hospitable pub/restaurant in Burtonport - The Lobster Pot - which is owned and run by Tim and Anne who will cater for your needs should you want your freezer stocked in advance with tasty dishes; or they can send over food with Oscar if given enough notice or cook and prepare fresh lobster and crab for you should you prefer not to do it yourself.

Donegal's greatest asset is undoubtedly its people: friendly, genuine, hardy and as unspoilt as the countryside. You'll remember their warmth and humour long after you've returned home and we believe you'll want to come back again and again as most of those who holiday here do. It is a magical place which can adapt to be the perfect family holiday; ideal for a seminar or team-building venue or the ultimate retreat just to recharge the batteries and escape the cares of the world. Give it a try: we think you'll be really astonished at what you find here.

Facilities & Living Space


  • 5 double/1x4ft small double/1 single bedrooms
  • 2 of the bedrooms have an interconnecting bathroom
  • 1 of the bedrooms is downstairs with a comfortable sofa bed and adjoining shower room
  • Flexibility to sleep up to 10 children There is flexibility to sleep up to 20 if you are prepared to use the huge, bright kids dormitory in the roof space. Call the owner for further details.
  • 3 bathrooms - 2 with showers, 2 downstairs toilets
  • large open plan room with panoramic coastal views
  • this new room connects the old house and the boathouse
  • room contains stylish modern kitchen, dining and living areas
  • kitchen has a large range cooker with gas hobs
  • microwave, dishwasher, 2 large fridge freezers
  • large chest freezer in the boathouse
  • bright dining area with large circular table
  • superb views from the living area
  • living area is comfortably furnished with sofas and armchairs
  • the area has a wood burning stove
  • library-games room provides a second living space
  • this room is decorated in a more traditional style
  • the room also has a wood burning stove
  • the house has TVs but deliberately no satellite dish
  • lots of classic dvd & video films available
  • games and jigsaws in the Library and 2 games tables
  • separate playroom with a double sofa bed
  • bootroom / utility room with a shower adjacent to the back door
  • washing machine and tumble dryer in the bootroom
  • bootroom also has a pulley drying rack to dry clothes
  • an old stone boathouse is attached to the modern living space
  • boatroom has a mezzanine floor with a table-tennis table
  • lawn to the front of the house securely fenced
  • surrounded by 6 acres of private grounds
  • grounds contained within high stone walls of pink granite
  • lifejackets, fishing gear and golf clubs are provided for visitors
  • FREE WI-FI with the proviso mentioned above

Living Space

Kitchen  Kitchen

Kitchen  Main Living Area

Kitchen  Library-Games Room

Bedrooms  Bedrooms




All rental charges are subject to 9% VAT

€ 9% VAT payable

Prices per night for 7 night stay


Per night for 6 nights

€ 550 per night + €10 per person per day (infants under 2 years free)

For 5 nights

€ 600 per night + €10 per person per day (infants under 2 years free)

For 4 nights

€ 650 per night + €10 per person per day (infants under 2 years free)

For 3 nights (MINIMUM STAY)

€ 700 per night + €10 per person per night (under 2 years free)

1 Nov - 31 March - deduct €100 per night from prices above


No deduction for Easter, Hallowe’en, Christmas & New Year


Booking Details

  • These rental rates apply from 1 January 2018.
  • Please note that VAT is chargeable, but the budget is holding it at 9% for another year
  • The highest & lowest weekly prices at top of page are based on 12 guests excluding VAT
  • Minimum 3 Night Stay at any time of year
  • Surcharge per person per night linked to numbers of guests to cover boat transport, cleaning, laundry, gas, electricity and water
  • 25% non-refundable deposit payable when booking (in Euros only).
  • The balance to be paid 28 days before arrival by Bank Transfer (in Euros only)

Island Transport - Included in Rental

  • Arrival and departure boat trips - as many loads as necessary, but we ask that guests synchronise arrival times in Burtonport to minimise the number of loads bearing in mind that the boat holds about 8 adults with their kit - 10 if triavelling light
  • Please try and avoid boat trips after dark
  • Any extra trips please arrange with Oscar Duffy

What's Included

  • Electricity/Heating costs FREE WI-FI ( it is beyond our control and we cannot be held responsible if wi-fi is down during your stay)
  • Laundry - bed linen and towels (beds will be made up)
  • Inishcoo Caretaker Oscar Duffy will welcome you and ferry you to the island. He will be able to instruct you on the mechanics of Inishcoo living and will be available for advice or emergencies.
  • Lots of toys and games; classic DVDs for all ages;; magnificent library.
  • There are 2 drinking water coolers/dispensers for which water will be included.
  • 3 sets of basic golf clubs at Inishcoo for use of guests
  • Lifejackets and Sea fishing rods for use of Inishcooers.
  • 2 rods for salmon or trout fishing on the River Mourne during season (1 April - end Oct). Ghillie available. 80 mins drive.
  • FREE WI-FI (With the proviso already mentioned)
  • Boat journeys to and from Inishcoo on arrival and departure.
  • Other boat journeys by arrangement with Oscar Duffy
  • Three double: sea kayaks
  • Table tennis in the boathouse on mezzanine floor
  • 2 camping tents; 2 folding beds; 2 travel cots, ;2 highchairs
  • One baby back carrier; one stroller pushchair; stair gates

What's Not Included

Available at extra cost

  • Diving or sea-fishing
  • Kayak instructor and guide who brings his own kayaks
  • A round of Golf at one of the beautiful Links courses around Donegal
  • Oscar can also arrange to have fresh lobsters, crabs, oysters and/or mussels delivered.

Availability Key

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Availability for Inishcoo Island - Burtonport

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Contact the owner

Contact: Celia (N Ireland) or Michael (Brussels)
Verified OwnerVerified Owner

property listed here since 2014
Telephone:+44 28 81658224 (N Ireland)
 +44 7899 953583 (N Ireland)
 +32 475722812 (Brussels)
Sat Nav:Latitude: 54.9836
 Longitude: -8.4601

What they say


SOME COMMENTS FROM OUR VISITORS  - following the completion of the extensive restoration project in 2013.


“Your house is utterly gorgeous.  You must be so thrilled with it.  What fun for the family to have such a nice place to holiday.”  

Heather Kinghan, Hillsborough, NI.   



“I loved my walk round the island – seeing such lovely places and flowers.  I think the fat green caterpillar we found was an Emperor Moth, but I am not totally sure.”     Polly Hughes – Seaforde, Co. Down


“We have just had the best beach day ever, anywhere in the world.   Nobody in England is going to believe how warm the water here is for swimming, and  it is so clear we have just had the most gorgeous swim!”

Ferguson Family consensus, July 2013


“What a wonderful place!  I had looked forward to coming to the island since hearing about it earlier in the year.   It was no disappointment;  you have done a wonderful job of restoring the house.”    Patricia Nash, Ramelton, Co. Donegal


Visitors for launch of house 2013.

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