Omey Island

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Omey Island
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,558 contributions
Solo
Oney Island is magnificent and was one of the highlights of my trip to Connemara. Watch the tides, you have a couple of hours either side of low tide to walk or drive across to the island.
The walk from the car park on the mainland takes about 15 minutes.
Once on Omey just enjoy the land that time forgot! It's enchanting. Stunning scenery and wonderful peace and quiet. There is one road snaking away to your left even you arrive on the beach, follow it and it leads past a curious lake in the centre of the island to a beautiful headland where people wild camp and there are lovely beaches there.
If you instead go right as you arrive you can follow the coast around to more stunning beaches.
Dont forget the tides though or you're spending the night!!!
Written July 26, 2021
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machinmad
Yaxley, UK2,121 contributions
Couples
An interesting stop on the WAW, this island is reached via a sand causeway that is only accessible twice a day at low tide. It’s funny to see the road signs buried deep in the sand, as you leave the tarmac road, showing the safe path across the sands to the island.

We walked a mile down the island’s only road to the highest point which provided spectacular views over the internal loch and out to sea.

Well worth a visit if you’re driving the Wild Atlantic Way.
Written June 11, 2022
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nick w
London, UK997 contributions
Park in the car park next to the beach on the mainland and then head out across the sand to the island (at low tide). You can also drive across if you want but a walk across the sand to the island and then a circuit of the island will take you less than a couple of hours. Make sure you have whatever provisions you might need as there are no shops/facilities on the island, just a very quiet lane and lots of unspoilt beaches, rabbits, cows, birds and the odd person.

It really is a lovely place top walk around, especially on a fine day. Just check the tide times as you don't want to get stranded, as you will be if you are still on the island at high tide.

There is a great circular walk you can do. Follow the road left when you get onto the island and then follow it all the way around to the lough. Then turn right across the fields to the highest point on the island, marked by a cairn, then continue down to an abandoned old building and then down to the beach. Then basically follow the beach/coast around to your right until you get to a stretch of sand you can walk across back to the mainland.
Written June 18, 2022
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Beanie14
Dublin, Ireland1,889 contributions
Couples
Our airb&b was nearby so we drove to Omey Island after hearing about it. Beautiful beach that you can walk or drive on. We just had a walk as we weren't sure what time the tide was due back in.
Written July 22, 2020
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igal27
Rehovot, Israel4,989 contributions
Make sure to check the tide tables to see when you'll be able to cross over on foot or by car, and by when you'll have to cross back to the mainland. We went over by car, but on the way back, the kids decided to walk/run, so we met them back at the other end -- they really enjoyed that! The island itself is very nice and peaceful, with beautiful nature and scenery. We must have spent at least a couple of hours just wandering around and taking it all in. The kids had a lot of fun running around the grass, boulders, and sand dunes. Definitely worth a visit.
Written August 18, 2020
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Sheryl1927
Jamestown, ND4 contributions
Omey Island and the self catering Omey House are an absolute delight. Wonderful days spent exploring and photographing nature. And the hosts at Omey House are the most gracious you could ever hope to meet. Will definitely be returning.
Written September 9, 2019
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GeoTravellerNZ
Roxburgh, New Zealand79 contributions
Couples
We visited at sunset - which happily coincided with low tide, allowing us to walk across to the island. it was so compelling that we went back the following morning and drove the car across; the sand is very firm and we just had a small front-wheel drive rental - no dramas and really recommended.
Written April 30, 2018
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Valery H
Dublin, Ireland20 contributions
Family
On a recent trip to the west of Ireland we left the busy streets of Clifden behind and motored on out to the Sky Road loop. This road is breath-taking, not only because of the marvellous scenery but also because of its height above sea level. One of my travel companions decided we should visit Omey Island, which is one of a few islands off the coast. To reach this island we had to drive across a beach when the tide was out. We figured we'd have enough time to explore the amazing rocks and get some photos of the sea spray caused from the waves crashing over them and still make it back before the tide came in - WRONG!! We had only been on the small island for about 25 minutes but when we reached our beach to drive to the mainland the sea was lapping against the markers and we had no choice but to wait for the next 4 hours to drive back. First piece of advice: if you're going to Omey Island bring a picnic just in case. Although two residents did offer us tea we declined and instead read our papers and books. We had wonderful walks around the island, went for a skinny dip (as we were unprepared in that department too!) and I took lots of photos. Especially interesting were the cattle grazing on the short grass between the graveyard and the beach. They were a mix of breeds, very colourful and made a great material for my photos. When the tide began to go out again, the cattle became restless. I grew up on a farm and remember the cows calling when it was time for milking and they would move towards the farmyard from the fields. Well, these cattle were going home too - except they had to wait for low tide. So there we were, heading back across to the mainland being led by a herd of cows! I always thought humans were far behind animals when it came to understanding nature ....
The island is small, has a few inhabitants but has wonderful beaches for swimming and is an absolute delight to visit. Just check out the times of the tide before you venture out - or else just enjoy the novelty of it all.
Written September 10, 2014
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COTTONEYEDDJ
County Cork, Ireland1,672 contributions
Really lovely island and really unusual in that you have to wait till the tide is out to walk or drive across to it.Some really nice beaches.Some old house.Some medieval buildings.No one has lived on this islands since the early 70's.You have 3 or 4 hours to explore the island before you have leave as you have to get back before the tide comes back in.
Written September 7, 2020
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Joe B
Ellicott City, MD14 contributions
I have visited Omey many times. My bias is that my mother was born there and lived there until she emigrated to the United States in 1955. No one lives there now. The last permanent resident passed away in 2017. It is a barren, windswept little island that is accessible at low tide. There are no shops or amenities. If you are looking for solitude in a remote location this is a great place. At night, the stargazing is fantastic. It gets so dark you dare not walk around until your eyes have adapted for at least 20 minutes. There is an old monastic site, a holy well and the ruins of several homes. There are also a couple of holiday homes. onn the west side of the island there is a small lagoon that is protected by dunes and I have seen many people camping there. There are also interesting granite cliffs on the west side.
Written October 7, 2019
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