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Mayo Islands Area
Maximum height for area: 189.3 metres,   Summits in area: 2,   Maximum prominence for area: 189.3 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 37 For all tops   Highest summit: Inishturk, 189.3m

Summits in area Mayo Islands:
Inishark Island 96.6mInishturk 189.3m
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Inishturk Hill Inis Toirc A name in Irish
(Ir. Inis Toirc [logainm.ie], 'island of the boar') Mayo County, in Binnion List, Mudrock, sandstone, tuff Bedrock

Height: 189.3m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L60575 75196 This summit has been logged as climbed by 31 members. Recently by: tphase, Sloane, chalky, skhg, wicklore, simon3, osullivanm, Bernieor, madfrankie, mcrtchly, jackill, Peter Walker, kernowclimber, Onzy, acorn
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Longitude: -10.112217, Latitude: 53.707958 , Easting: 60576, Northing: 275196 Prominence: 189.28m,   Isolation: 12.7km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 460556 775213,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Inshtr, 10 char: Inishturk
Bedrock type: Mudrock, sandstone, tuff, (Sheeffry Formation)

The highest point on Inishturk is in the townland of Mountain Common. The peak is unnamed on the OS 6 map, though the names Knockleckan and Knocknagormore appear to the west near the coast.   Inishturk is the highest hill in the Mayo Islands area and the 1404th highest in Ireland. Inishturk is the most northerly summit in the Mayo Islands area and also the most easterly.

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Picture: Inishturk. Panorama shot by John Paul Tiernan. I'm in the middle for scale.
 
A little-visited outpost
by lennyantonelli  17 Sep 2012
About 14km from Roonagh quay, Inishturk vies with Tory for the title of our most remote inhabited outpost. The last census gave the population as 53.

There were just four people on the ferry when I went over in July. Two trails are marked from the main village, a cluster of cottages around the island's beautiful, natural harbour. The trails are described on www.mayotrails.ie.

We followed the purple trail from the harbour, out of the village and up through a gate onto rough commonage. Just after the gate, you can turn right and take a quick hike up the clifftop for a precipitous view, fulmars circling in the void below.

We headed back down from the cliff and followed the purple trail onwards to wee Lough Coolaknick, then veered the trail off up to the SIgnal tower on the hill above, right beside the the island's highest point. Views from the islands off Connemara and Mayo always present a spectacular panorama of the mountains from the Bens and Maamturks in the south, and north to Clare Island, Achill and the Nephins.

Next we headed west over rough commonage to the 100m+ cliffs at the back (west side) of the island, then followed the cliffs south west — this, the island's wild and exposed side, is its highlight. It's a shame the marked trails only briefly visit it. But terrain is quite knobbly and confusing — one second I was sure I was well in from the cliff's edge, a few steps forward and I was standing on the edge of oblivion. And the cliffs cut in and out of the coast, so proceed carefully.

Once we passed the promonotory of Dromore Head we turned inland, following a stream and some small lakes up to a stone wall. We turned left here, following the wall (keeping it on our right) through the damp grassy interior of the island until it rejoined the purple trail and landed at the island's wild and rough GAA pitch. We followed the trail back to a paved boreen, but took a short detour to visit Portdoon — a beautiful natural harbour accessed only by a currach-wide channel through rocky cliffs. Legend has it Danish pirates used this cove as a base to ambush ships passing along the coast.

From here's its a straightforward road walk back to the pier — if you fancy a swim you'll pass two stunning beaches on the way, and the pub too. Our route took us a leisurely 4-5 hours.

A few final things: The lack of big hills keeps our western islands relatively dry, with showers usually passing over quite quickly, then letting loose on inland mountains. So if it's raining in the hills, consider the islands rather than turning home.

OSI Discovery Series 37 offers scant detail for little Inishturk, but there's a highly detailed map available on the island — try the boat, or the development office (same building as the pub/shop), the post office or any of the B&Bs for it.

The route mapped here almost exactly matches my own, and will show you most of the island http://www.walkingworldireland.com/Walking_World_Ireland/Inishturk.html Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1041/comment/14817/
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Picture: Trig, looking towards the Co. Mayo coastline.
Mountain Common on 2.3.2012
by FilHil  5 Apr 2012
A lovely day trip to Inishturk to ascend Mountain Common. Take the island ferry from Roonah quay (R378, west of Louisburg Co. Mayo). It is advisable to check the time table with the operator, especially when traveling off season.

There is a signposted walk called Inishturk Loop. Start on the tarmac road to the top of the village, go through the metal gate and continue on the stony track till the western edge near the cliffs. No houses around, only stunning views!

At an old stone wall make your way over the ridge, a moderate grassy slope, to the top of Mountain Common. The old signal tower (ruin) is on a rocky outcrop and a provides good marker as well as shelter from the wind.

The views to the west (the Atlantic) are quite spectacular. The photo depicts the trig, looking towards the Co. Mayo coastline, Caher island (uninhabited) in between. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1041/comment/6753/
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Picture: Pirate Queen approaching Inishturk
 
Your ferry awaits!
by paddyhillsbagger  20 Apr 2012
The road to both Inishturk and Clare Island ends at Roonagh Quay where you take the ferry to the islands to begin your climb. Phone 0868515003 A or log on www.clareislandferry.com for sailing times. My day on Inishturk was spectacular not only for the lovely climb, but the wildlife and fauna that abounds there. Choughs, Wheatears, Plovers, Puffins and cliffs filled with nesting Fulmars and Auks. The ferry trip across also revealed Gannets, Razorbills, Great Northern Divers and a solitary Manx Shearwater. The plant life was also rich, but despite taking photos, I've yet to identify many of them. A visit to the Inishturk Community Centre for refreshments and information leaflets and chats with the islanders is a must too. A truly spectacular day out! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1041/comment/6774/
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Picture: Tale of the Tongs art installation.
Art beside lake, col and hill.
by simon3  7 Jul 2014
There's just a few places where the built environment flashes into view and actually enhances the landscape. Oulart Hill of the modern megalithic tomb is one.

Another is "The Tale of the Tongs" a creation of Travis Price III in collaboration with The Catholic University of America's School of Architecture and Planning. It consists of a glass house with open ends and surrounding glass pillars each with one of the six family names of the island.

There's an article about it at http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/15847956 B/list/An-Irish-Island-Gets-a-Most-Meaningful-Installation which also includes pictures of the installation at night and some irreverent comments. Apparently the place is lit at night. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1041/comment/17538/
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Picture: The rocky coast east.
 
Summit views from island of the boar.
by simon3  7 Jul 2014
The natural views from the top are superb such as this looking east into Clew Bay. Central skyline has Croagh Patrick. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1041/comment/17540/
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Picture: Magic
Magic Island
by sandman  16 Sep 2013
Views like this make it all worth while. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1041/comment/15182/
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