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Inishturk near Clifden County Galway Ireland
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Inishturk   ~   Clifden

Inishturk (Inis Toirc in Irish, meaning Wild Boar Island) is an inhabited island off the coast. It has a permanent population of about seventy people. There are two main settlements, both on the more sheltered eastern end of the island. There regular ferries from Cleegan and Roonagh pier.
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Inishturk near Clifden County Galway Ireland
Some inhabitants are descended from evacuees from Inishark to the southwest. A social club is situated on the hill that separates the two settlements. The British built a Martello tower on the western coast during the Napoleonic Wars. Inishturk has the highest per capita donation rate towards the RNLI in the whole of Ireland.

Inishturk is a small attractive island, 5km x 2.5km, and located 9 miles (14.5km) off the west coast of Mayo between the Islands of Inishbofin and Clare Island.

It has a lovely harbour, a fine beach and many interesting archaeological sites. Inishturk is a paradise for the outdoor enthusiast - it is a painter's paradise; ornithology enthusiasts will be enthralled by the number of bird sancturies on the island; the cliff flora of Inishturk is of international importance; it is ideal for deep sea diving; boat trips to the neighbouring Islands; Celtic and early christian fortified habitations are to be found and a fulachta fiada has been located on the island.
Located on the east side of the island are 'Tranaun' and 'Curraun' - sandy beaches which boast one of the clearest blue waters in Europe. Completely sheltered by coves, they are ideal for young and old alike. The rugged landscape will delight the walker who can ramble around the Island at one's leisure and explore the many small country lanes that span the Island.
The waters off the west coast of Galway / Mayo offer excellent bait for fishing enthusiasts. Boat trips can be arranged locally. There is a boat service from Cleggan and Roonagh Quay to Inishturk Island.

Island Folklore
Tradition has it that the Dun at Portdoon was built by pirates who harboured their galleys in the creek below, screened by the rocks from the observation of those sailing past. The pirate crew were the last Danes in Ireland who knew how to make bier lochlannach, a priceless drink made from the heather-bloom. The fort was surprised and taken by the Irish who slaughtered the inmates except for one old Dane and his son, offering to spare the captives if they told the secret of the bier, or as others said, the hiding place of their vast treasures, the plunder of many years. The old pirate, fearing the boy might be tempted of tortured into betrayal offered to tell if his son was put to death first, so none of his kin might see his treachery. This done, the pirate captain tore himself from his captors, and ran to the deep chasm of Portdoon. He sprang over the cliff carrying his secret to Odin.

Travel To Inishturk

Travel from either Cleggan, County Galway, or Roonagh Pier, County Mayo.

"Caher Star" and "Lady Marilyn" will bring you safely to Inishturk where you can enjoy it's dramatic landscapes.
Contact Helen or John  ~  Tel : +353 (0)98 45541


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