It’s one thing to own an island, but could you imagine buying one that used to belong to one of The Beatles? Well, now you can because the stunning Dorinish Island (otherwise known as “Beatle Island”) is on the market. One of Clew Bay’s 365 islands, it was bought by John Lennon in 1967, apparently with the intention of building a secluded hideaway on an outpost that has been uninhabited since 1891. Indeed, Lennon was granted planning permission for a holiday home, but it has since lapsed.
He chose well. There are breathtaking views from almost every spot on the island, with Clare Island to the west, drumlins and Westport Quay to the east, Inishgort Lighthouse and the Nephin Mountains to the north, and the iconic cone of Croagh Patrick to the south. Dorinish is actually two small islands – Dorinish Beg and Dorinish More – which are connected by a natural stone causeway. Together, they cover an area of about 19 acres and are home only to grazing sheep, puffins, cormorants, terns, and other seabirds.
The island is about a 15-minute boat trip from the mainland and can be reached from the piers at Rosmoney, Murrisk, or Lecanvey.
Fancy owning this unique piece of Beatles memorabilia? The asking price is €300,000 with viewing by appointment only with Sherry FitzGerald Westport.
If you’d prefer a more comfortable place to stay, we have a range of quality holiday homes in Westport – and you won’t need a rock star’s budget to stay in them.