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Inishturk is a small beautiful island, 5km x 2.5km, located 9 miles (14.5km) off the west coast of Mayo, between the islands of Inishbofin and
Inishturk, meaning ‘the
Geologically Inishturk dates from the Ordovician period. Two separate folds of schists and shales rise out of the
Inishturk has much to offer the outdoor enthusiast – it is a painter’s paradise; ornithology enthusiasts will be enthralled by the number of bird sanctuaries on the island cliffs. The flora of inishturk is of international importance, The Spotted Rock-Rose (Tuberaria guttata) a rare endangered plant is found here. The island is ideal for deep sea diving and boat trips to the neighbouring islands can be easily organised; Celtic and early Christian fortified habitations are to be found and many fulachta fiadh have been located on the island.
Inishturk island is serviced daily by 2 ferry companies. Details relating to times can be obtained by contacting Inishturk Island Community Development Office, Tel 098 45862
Lough Coolaknick Loop
At a Glance
Terrain Surface roads, sandy tracks
Distance/Difficulty 5km/ Easy
Ascent 100m / 150m
Duration 1 hr – 1hr30mins
Minimum Gear Trekking shoes, raingear, snacks & fluid.
At a Glance
Terrain Surface roads, sandy tracks, hillside
Distance/Difficulty 8km/ Moderate
Ascent 130m / 170m
Duration 2 hr – 2hr30mins
Minimum Gear Trekking boots, raingear, snacks & fluid.
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