Inish Turk

Inishturk, which translates as ‘Island of the Wild Boar’ is a small beautiful island, 5km x 2.5km, located 9 miles (14.5km) off the west coast of Mayo. It rises boldly from the wild North Atlantic in wall-like cliffs to the northwest and steep hills to the north. on which stands the ruins of the old signal tower 722 ft above sea level.

This tranquil Island, sits atop cliffs and steep hills that drop down to the Atlantic. Inishturk is only 5km by 2.5km in size and yet it is rich in archaeological sites, such as the old Napoleonic Signal Tower.

Inhabited on and off since 4000 BC, the island’s rugged pathways and trails offer hill walkers plenty of opportunities to explore. Exotic deep sea diving and boat trips to the neighbouring islands are only a chat away and can be organised by the boatmen or through the B&Bs.

On the eastern side on Inishturk are the secluded Tranaun and Curran beaches, with fantastic clear blue waters, ideal picnic and swimming spots after a hike. Watch the sun go down on what locals claim to be the best views in Europe! For the full island experience, round the day off with a pint of porter and an hour or two of set dancing in the island’s lively community centre.

Places of interest on Inish Turk

Port Dun Harbour contains the remains of a 9th century Fort or Dun and has the only natural lagoon on any of the islands of Ireland. Gold was previously found here by the Norse men during their raids. Due to its narrow and concealed entrance Port Dun is only accessible by small boats and as a natural lagoon it makes for an idyllic location for swimming. This harbor is often used by local fishermen with their currachs throughout the fishing season.

Port Dun Harbour, Image by

Accommodation on Inishturk