A private residential island with its own private jetty surrounded by the quiet waters of the Erne Estuary is for sale in County Donegal.

Inis Saimer, a discreet island retreat in the town of Ballyshannon on the Wild Atlantic Way was built in the mid 1800's, 

Inis Saimer boasts a generously proportioned open plan living space

Inis Saimer boasts a generously proportioned open plan living space

It boasts a generously proportioned open plan living space, comprising a kitchen and family dining and sitting areas.

All windows overlook the waters surrounding the island, with its own tranquil atmosphere offering a high quality of life.

The house has a very large attic with development potential. The house is connected to the national electricity grid and also has an outbuilding for storage, with both single and double doors.

An aerial view of the island of Inis Saimer

An aerial view of the island of Inis Saimer

Just one minute by boat from Ballyshannon’s Mall Quay, a generous balcony/deck connects to the eastern gable and overlooks the Erne River, the Mall Quay, and the town of Ballyshannon.

Inis Saimer’s location and its island status have a fascinating and eventful history. Myth has it, that a Scythian chief named Parthalon settled on the island with his followers around 2700 BC and were the first people to set foot in Ireland.

Historical records indicate that Inis Saimer was used as a protected stronghold by Irish chieftains such as the O’Cannons, O’Mulderrys, and the O’Donnells.

Inis Saimer was also once owned by the Speaker of the first Irish House of Parliament

Inis Saimer was also once owned by the Speaker of the first Irish House of Parliament

As part of the Plantation of Ulster, the island was taken by the British Crown and given to protestant planters and Trinity College Dublin.

Inis Saimer was also once owned by the Speaker of the first Irish House of Parliament, and then the richest man in Ireland, Thomas Conolly. 

More information on the property can be found here. The price of the property will be made available on application.

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