Gola Island is an Irish island, located off the coast of Gweedore, in County Donegal, Ireland. Inhabited until 1960, then deserted, it is still home to a handful of inhabitants, who have returned since the early 2000s. A beautiful island, rather touristic!
The island of Gola was populated until the mid-1960s. Today, most of the buildings on the island are derelict, but some have been renovated as holiday homes and the island is now inhabited most of the year. It should be noted, however, that there is no electricity on the island, and most homes run on solar, wind, or generator power.
Accessible by shuttle bus (via the villages of Bunbeg or Derrybeg), the island has beautiful scenery, slightly undulating, and bordered by many bays and wild beaches. But Gola Island also has peat bogs, steep cliffs, and hiking trails that will seduce strollers!
The island is famous for its climbing spots, surfing, and breathtaking views of the ocean.
At the back of the island, seabirds abound, and you will come across many cormorants, little penguins, guillemots and gannets.