Bartragh Island off the Mayo coastline has been sold, ending hopes of golfer Nick Faldo building a golf course on it.

The Irish Times reports that the large private island came to the market in late 2019/2020, and agent Colliers has now confirmed its sale for more than its asking price of €1.1 million.

The buyer is understood to be a family with major European interests, attracted to “its location, wide open spaces, oceanic vistas, and the substantial ruined period residence”.

According to Colliers, they aim to revitalise the island, “with a special emphasis on creating an environmentally sustainable farming enterprise and restoring the classical residence to its former glory”.

The island of about 440 acres, most of which is sand dunes, is located in Killala Bay, about 2km northeast of the village of Killala and 10km north of Ballina.

It can be accessed by tractor during periods of low tide, but at all other times a boat is required.