Islands for Sale in Ireland

Last update: August 3, 2022

Ireland islands for sale
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80 islands inhabit the waters in and around Ireland, which itself is one of the largest islands in Europe. Only a quarter of those island – 20 – are currently populated.

The waters off the southwestern coast of Cork in particular are noted for their generous offering of islands. Islands can be found off all Irish coastlines, though. Large, internal lake systems mean that inland islands are common too.

The majority of islands on the Irish market are sold as freehold – meaning purchase grants full ownership of the land. Leasehold properties, the alternative, are rare. When a property is sold as leasehold, the buyer is granted the right to occupy the property for as long as the lease is valid – contract renewals are possible.

Ireland boasts a temperate climate – moderate wind patterns and proximity to the Gulf Stream help to keep the island relatively mild. Irish summers are hot, though often not unbearable. Winters are cold, but rarely extreme. Unpredictability is perhaps the climate’s defining characteristic.

Of the 8 Irish islands that feature below, the cheapest declared price tag sits at €140,000. Alternatively, the most expensive property requires a €1,250,000 investment. The spectrum of costs is mirrored by the spectrum of sizes. Acreages range from ~2.5 acres, to ~79 acres.


8 Private Islands for Sale in Ireland

Ireland Private Islands in Numbers (Of Known)
Private islands for sale: 8
Average island size: ~ 177,850 SQM (~44 acres)
Average island price: ~ €741,000 (~$755,000)
Average island square meter price: ~ €3.72 ($3.79)
Last updated: August, 2022

1. Ardoilean (High Island) (€1.25M / $1.27M)


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  • Location: West coast of Barnanrusheen, south of Inishbofin, North Atlantic Ocean
  • Size: ~79 acres, ~31.9 hectares
  • Description: ~4km from shore, ~5.5km from Barnanrusheen, Western Ireland
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

Ardoilean Island’s placement on the market stands as a truly unique investment opportunity. The island, also known as High Island, is a piece of land steeped in history. Archaeological artefacts, each that adds to the island’s prestige, inundate the ~79-acre plot. Church remnants on the island correlate with early Iron Age settlements, whilst the foundation of a monastery found on the island’s southwestern edge dates back to the 7th-century. Other examples of historical relics are the remains of an old water mill, a granite globe, and a long disused copper mine shaft.

Beyond its historical reputation, Ardoilean endures as an island of immense natural value – serving as a haven for a vast array of birdlife. Fulmars, petrels, shearwaters, gulls, and oyster catchers can all be seen on the island. Barnacle geese also come to visit the island during the winter.

Two freshwater lakes are the only other features of note on the island – the rest of the land is covered by low grassland.

Purchase of Ardoilean does not include the resident monastery – due to its historical value. But regardless, the opportunity to own the surrounding island – one of such historical significance – is nothing short of rare.

Ardoilean Island is listed for sale here.

2. Shore Island (€903,000 / $920,000)


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  • Location: Near Cloonakilla and Kildysart, County Clare, North Atlantic Ocean
  • Size: ~30 acres, ~12.1 hectares
  • Description: ~300m from shore, ~2.3km from Ballynacally Pier, Western Ireland
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

What currently exists as agricultural land also presents itself as an intriguing opportunity for growth and development to potential investors.

Shore Island, a ~30-acre island found within the Shannon Estuary, currently finds purpose as year-round grazing land for cattle. But a number of ruins that remain on the island have the potential to help garner planning permission for new, inhabitable residences. A pipe supplying fresh water to the island has already been constructed, too.

If residences were to be built, Shore Island would serve as both a private and unique place to live – deep, tidal waters surround the island, making it only accessible by boat.

Shore’s vicinity to various towns and transport links add to it’s value – once on land, it takes 40-minutes by car to reach Shannon Airport.

Shore Island is listed for sale here.

3. Mannion Island (€275,000 / $280,000)


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  • Location: Between Brahalish East, Mulroe, and Blairs Cove, North Atlantic Ocean
  • Size: ~4 acres, ~1.6 hectares
  • Description: ~200m from shore, ~2km from Durrus Pier, Southeast Ireland
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

Mannion Island can be found in the Dunmanus Bay, a natural estuary on the southwestern tip of County Cork, Ireland. The island finds its purpose as agricultural land – more than half of the ~4-acres are defined as fertile land.

It’s important to note that Mannion is being sold ‘as is’. The island has no building permit availability, nor does it feature a pre-existing house. Hence why Mannion markets itself as a purely agricultural investment.

The island has a number of other valuable features: a natural spring that provides fresh water, and a sheltered cove on the east of the island which grants year-round access.

Mannion Island is listed for sale here.

4. Cungmore Point (Peninsula) (€100,000 / $103,000)


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  • Location: Lough Cullin, west of Foxford , County Mayo
  • Size: ~2.5 acres, ~1 hectares
  • Description: ~4.5km from Foxford, ~15km from Ballina, County Mayo, northwestern Ireland
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

Commanding a ~2.5-acre plot on the banks of Lough Cullin, Cungmore Point presents a fresh opportunity for those seeking solitude and serenity within Irish borders. Though admittedly not an island by conventional definition, the peninsula still offers all the boons of waterfront real estate – and, during the winter months when water levels rise, the land parcel becomes near-completely isolated from the mainland.

Current ownership touts the peninsula as a ‘young man’s dream’ – with some diligent tidying and pursuit of building permissions from the relevant authorities, Cungmore Point would present a wealth of opportunity.

Nonetheless, the need for future development is far from essential. As is, the land harbours a variety of wildlife and habitats – from a mix of endemic trees and a pair of white longhaired goats that frequent the land, to rocky outcrops and waterside sands.

Whilst very much a rural retreat, Cungmore Point does also remain within convenient proximity to amenities – the small town of Foxford is just a 10-minute drive away.

In service of an expedited sale, Cungmore Point’s current owner has also expressed interest in a part-exchange for the land or bilateral sale – particular assets of consideration are motorhomes, caravans, amenity land in the south of the United Kingdom, or a land parcel in the south of the Republic of Ireland.

This is a wonderful deal wanting to be completed at the earliest opportunity – conditions permitting.

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5. Middle Calf Island (€750,000 / $764,000)


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  • Location: Near Schull and Baltimore, North Atlantic Ocean
  • Size: ~64 acres, ~25.9 hectares
  • Description: ~5km from Cunnamore Pier, ~3.3km from Cape Clear Island, ~85km from Cork, Southwest Ireland
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

Nestled between its sibling islands – West Calf and East Calf – Middle Calf Island offers prime location in the middle of County Cork’s Roaring Water Bay.

Of similar size to its western neighbour, which also finds itself on the market, Middle Calf has a history of human habitation and agricultural usage. Once home to numerous families and a school, the island now only supports a herd of grazing Kerry Bog ponies – though numerous ruins endure as reminders of the land’s heritage.

Paperwork did exist to support the reconstruction of dwellings on the island, but has come to expire – new investors would be encouraged to renew any development paperwork.

Of the island’s natural bounty: a number of small lakes proliferate the ~64-acre landscape, as well as several beaches.

Middle Calf Island is listed for sale here.

6. West Calf Island (Price Upon Request)


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  • Location: Near Schull and Baltimore, North Atlantic Ocean
  • Size: ~62 acres, ~25 hectares
  • Description: ~5km from Colla Pier, ~3km from Cape Clear Island, Southwest Ireland
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold
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West Calf Island is, as the name suggests, the westernmost of the Calf Islands – a trio of isles that sit at the very heart of Roaring Water Bay, County Cork.

Roaring Water Bay is an area of particular natural bounty. The waters around West Calf Island are noted for their excellent fishing potential – wrasse, sea bass, pollack, mackerel, and even lobster can be found in abundance. The County Cork coastlines are some of the finest in the entire country, too.

West Calf has both agricultural and residential potential. A number of derelict farmhouses exist on the island, and under the County Cork development plan, these buildings are able to be redeveloped. Guidelines suggest that an expansion which benefits the Cork community will be looked upon favourably.

Between its location, and its potential for development, West Calf Island presents itself as an exciting opportunity.

West Calf Island is listed for sale here.

7. Inis Saimer Island (Price Upon Request)


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  • Location: South of Abbey, North of Milltown, River Erne
  • Size: N/A
  • Description: ~100m from shore, ~500m from Ballyshannon, Northern Ireland
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold
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Inis Saimer is currently a residential island on the River Erne – an area noted for its serene atmosphere and high quality of life. The town of Ballyshannon, which sits within eyeshot of the island, offers nearby access to shops and restaurants.

Purchase of the island includes the established residence. The spacious home boasts open-plan living and already benefits from national grid connection. Three bedroom spaces provide generous living capacity.

The island benefits from a private jetty – The Mall Pier (Ballyshannon’s quay) sits just 100m upriver.

Inis Saimer is an investment primed for immediate enjoyment. It’s time on the Irish island market will, no doubt, be short lived.

Inis Saimer Island is listed for sale here.

8. Carr Island (>€216,000 / >$220,000)


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  • Location: West of Enniskillen Airport, east of Lough Erne Golf Resort, River Erne
  • Size: ~26.8 acres, ~10.8 hectares
  • Description: ~1.5km from shore, ~2km from Devenish Island, ~3km from Silverhill, Southwest Northern Ireland
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

Carr Island is a ~26.8-acre plot of land in the River Erne. Lower Lough Erne, an area popular for water sports, is just a short boat ride to the north.

Carr Island excels as a plot of private land upon which to relax and enjoy nature. A mixture of trees are all that currently inhabit the island, namely oak, ash, and birch. The surrounding waters are noted for their bounty of freshwater fish – perfect for angling.

It is important to note that Carr Island finds itself on the market as an agricultural investment opportunity. But, there is real potential for future property development. Existing historical census information suggests that the island was once home to a number of families. This implication would actually come to support a claim for potential planning permission.

Carr Island is listed for sale here.

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