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 " An Sciobol "  -  Cruit Island and Area

Cruit is an island in the area of Donegal called "The Rosses". The name "Cruit" (pronounced "Critch") is derived from the Irish "An Chruit" meaning ‘the hump or little hillock’ although it is also the old Irish word for the harp.

View of 9th hole on Cruit Golf CourseCliff - Scenery looking west to Arranmore IslandLooking from Cruit to MainlandLooking north along Cruit's west coast.Looking from mainland to Cruit IslandTra Dhearg - The Red StrandThe Shell BeachSea Pinks in JuneEnd of a perfect dayAbout 3 miles in length and 1 mile at it widest point, Cruit lies roughly north-south along the Donegal coast and is connected to the mainland by a bridge so that you can literally "drive across the Atlantic". Cruit, moreover, is a tidal island so that when the tide is out twice a day you can walk across a golden stretch of sand ("Cruit Strand") to the mainland. This rising and falling of the tide adds considerable interest as the views of the  bay between Cruit and the mainland change continuously.

A road runs the length of the island from the bridge at the south to the north end with a few branch roads leading to the houses on the island. A pier lies on the more sheltered east side providing moorings for a cluster of small boats during the summer months.

One of several islands in the Rosses, Cruit still has a small resident population which is added to by visitors keen to enjoy the beautiful beaches and wonderful walks which abound. It also has an excellent 9-hole golf course which makes every use of the natural contours of the coast to provide both a test of golf skills and spectacular views at every turn.

Cruit is also an excellent area for sea fishing with Pollack and Mackerel often plentiful, while for the nature-lover there are many beautiful wildflowers at every season and a variety of birds for the enthusiast. The terrain is excellent for walking incorporating beaches, rocky cliffs, dunes and moorland so that in every direction there is something to suit all tastes and abilities.

Be sure to sample the scenery by clicking on the hsymbols on the map above.

 The Surrounding Area

"The Rosses", from the Irish "Ros"  meaning "a headland", merits its name as it indeed comprises a heavily indented coastline with many headlands and bays.

The area stretches from the Gweebarra river in the south to the Gweedore river in the north. To the east lie the Derryveagh mountains while the Atlantic ocean bounds it to the west.

It is an area of  rugged moorland with intrusions of granite rock and containing innumerable lakes of varying sizes. Its coastline has numerous promontories and inlets with many exquisite sandy beaches while off-shore are a number of islands including Arranmore, Inishfree, Owey as well as Cruit.

Within the Rosses are several Gaeltachts, designated areas of Ireland where Gaelic is still the primary language and Irish traditions and culture form part of everyday life.

The Rosses is divided into areas (or townlands) normally surrounding a small town or village of the same name, such as Dungloe, Kincasslagh, Doochary, Lettermacaward, Loughanure  and Annagary.

Dungloe is the largest town and has a number of supermarkets as well as various other shops. There are also several of the Irish banks represented here. It is also the setting for the annual "Mary from Dungloe" festival which is held at the end of July and beginning of August while most of the other areas have their own events at various times in the summer.

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 Things to do

Here are just a few of the many activities which may be enjoyed within Cruit, the Rosses and across Donegal.




As described Cruit has its own excellent 9-hole course but there a number of others across Donegal.

Cruit Island Golf Club

Golf in Donegal

Sea angling

The coastline boasts many fine areas for shore fishing but if you wish to experience boat fishing then try "Saoire Mara" operating out of Kincasslagh or "West Donegal Sea Angling Charters" out of Burtonport.

Saoire Mara

Burtonport Sea Angling

Lake & river fishing.

The many lakes and small rivers in the Rosses provide excellent fly fishing which is controlled by "The Rosses Fishery.

The Rosses Fishery

Horse Riding

There are a variety of horse-riding facilities in Donegal including the "Innisfree Equestrian Centre", Kincasslagh.

Horse riding in Donegal


Not normally associated with this part of Donegal there is nevertheless a well-established surfing club at Dooey while slightly further afield is the more well-known one at Rossnowlagh.

Rossnowlagh Surf Club

Rock ClimbingCruit and the surrounding coast has developed a great reputation for rock and stack climbing.Unique ascent


 Places to visit


Glenveagh National ParkWell worth a visit this is located deep within the Derryveagh Mountains and contains a visitors' centre and castle with gardens and extensive woodland walks.
Dunlewey CentreThis is a great day-out, especially if you have children, although there is something of interest to everyone. During the summer there are also regular traditional music events held here.
Glebe House, GartanSet in woodland gardens this was home to the artist Derek Hill and contains much of interest including works by leading 20th century artists.
Fintown narrow-gauge railwayDonegal's only operational narrow gauge railway runs along beneath the mountains by the waters of Loch Finn. One for children of all ages.
Arranmore Island

Take a trip to Arranmore (20 mins by ferry from Burtonport) where you will find excellent areas for walking and cycling including some spectacular cliff scenery. A walk to the lighthouse is particularly recommended. 

Tory IslandFor the more ambitious take a trip to Tory Island 11 kilometres off the coast.

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