Inishowen Map an grianan hotel donegal derryThe Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal, is a fantastic source of natural rugged landscape and home to a large array of wildlife.  Located in the North East of County Donegal and includes Ireland's most northerly point, Malin Head. There is a good variety of habitats in this relatively small area which means many different species of Animals Birds and Plants can be found.    
The habitats range from the rich farmland in the south of the peninsula to mountain and bog land in the centre and north . Inishowen is bounded on the west by Lough Swilly with Lough Foyle to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the north, and this long coastline ranges from mudflats at the inner reaches of the loughs, through sandy beaches in the middle reaches to rugged rock and cliff on the Atlantic coast.

Inch Lake & Inch Wildfowl Reserve, Burt is a man made freshwater lake formed when dykes and embankments were constructed to drain the flat marshland between Inch Island and Bridgend.  Only five minutes from the Hotel.  Blanket Nook is another area of freshwater formed in the same way to the southwest of Inch near the village of Newtowncunningham. 

Inch Lake Inishowen donegal derry These two lakes and the surrounding land support a large population of water birds. The most visible of these are swans. Mute, Whooper and Bewick's can be seen.

The Mute Swan is the common swan that can be found in city parks but the other two species are winter visitors from Iceland (Whooper) and Siberia (Bewick's) but for some years past a few Whoopers have been staying throughout the summer.

Whoopers at Inch lake inishowen donegal derrySix species of wild geese are present in winter and they are White Front, Greylag ,Barnacle, Brent, Pink Footed, which breed in the arctic, mainly Greenland and Iceland and Canada Geese which are not visitors from Canada but naturalised birds originally escapees from parkland. 

Great Crested Grebes are usually easily seen from the lakeside road into Inch, as for Little Grebe, Tufted Duck and Coot. On the top of the bank on the other side of the road many different waders can be seen feeding on the mudflats at low tide. Among them are Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit and Redshank. There are two places near the lake where Herons nest in trees in groups (known as rookeries). There is a small islet in the lake where is a colony of nesting Common Tern, Arctic Tern and Sandwich Tern which depart for the coast of Africa in the Autumn.

Inch lake walk inishowen donegal derry an grianan hotelSome of the smaller birds present around the lake are Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler and Reed Bunting. The Kingfisher is sometimes seen at the lock gates at Blanket Nook and at the small streams that run into Inch Lake. Among the animals found here are Otters which venture into the salt water as well as the Lake

Our Hotel is located only 5 minutes walk from The Inch Wildfowl Reserve therefore allowing us to act as the perfect spot to rest your head after a long day out in the Inishowen Country Air.  To avail of our latest special offers please click here or if you are seeking a more tailored package or Group etc. then please contact Ron on  

Photos courtesy of Inishowen Wild life Club 

2014 saw a fantastic new Project come to life - Inch & Foyle Wildlife  

This Project funded by the European Union through INTERREG IVA Programme is to deliver two world-class Visitor & outdoor recreation attractions at Inch and the East Coast of Lough Foyle near Limavady. 
Inch Foyle
Click image above to download the Inch & Foyle Project Brochure

We are located just 5 minutes away by car so act as the perfect location to enjoy the Inch site but also the Limavady site also.  The inch site offers a stunning 8km walkway of stunning wildlife and photo opportunities suitable for walking, running, cycling and simply little trips out.  For more information on the Project please Visit:
Grey Goose Swans
You never know what you might see!