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Mayo Islands Area
Place count in area: 96, OSI/LPS Maps: 22, 23, 24, 30, 31, 37, 38, CBE, CBW, MSW 
Highest place:
Inishturk, 189.3m

Places in area Mayo Islands:
An Teach Beag 84mAn tOighean 78mAnnagh Island (2) 23mAnnagh Island (1) 14mBallybeg 5mBartragh Island 26mBills Rocks 5mBlack Rock (3) 71mCaher Island 5mCalf Island (2) 25mCarraig na Faola 45mCarrickawilt 9mCarrickmoylenacurhoga 10mCarricknaglamph 16mCarricknaweelion 20mCarrigee 11mClynish 42mCollan Beg 25mCollan More 46mCone Island South 15mCrovinish 23mDerrinish 21mDorinish Beg 15mDorinish More 25mDún Briste 50mDuvillaun Beg 14mDuvillaun Mór 60mEagle Island 55mErris Head Island 55mFinnaun Island 5mFreaghillan East 13mFreaghillan West 19mFrehil Island 17mGaghta Island 8mGovern island 10mHeath Island 5mHorse Island (2) 25mIllanambraher 25mIllanataggart 28mIllanballa 5mIllancroagh 8mIllanmaw 15mIllannaconney 13mInishaghoo 14mInishbee 29mInishbiggle 34mInishbollog 18mInishcannon 25mInishcarrick 21mInishcooa 27mInishcoragh 24mInishcorky 14mInishcuill 26mInishdaff 31mInishdalla 5mInishdasky 31mInishdaugh 23mInishdeashbeg 15mInishdeashmore 19mInishdegil Beg 12mInishdegil More 32mInishdoonver 26mInisheeny 22mInisherkin 30mInishfesh 26mInishgallon 45mInishglora 22mInishgort (1) 29mInishgowla 28mInishgowla South 21mInishilra 18mInishimmel 15mInishkea North 24mInishkea South 72mInishkee 26mInishlaghan 5mInishlaughil 43mInishleague 27mInishlyre 26mInishmolt 16mInishnacross 36mInishoo 29mInishquirk 44mInishraher 33mInishturk (1) 189.3mInishturkbeg 51mIsland More 42mKid Island 86mLeamareha 7mMoynish More 37mNo Name Island 8mPig Island (1) 55mRoeillaun (1) 30mRusheen Island 9mShanvallybeg 20mStags of Broadhaven South 94m

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Inishturk (1) Hill Inis Toirc (1) A name in Irish
(Ir. Inis Toirc [logainm.ie], 'island of the boar') Mayo County, in Binnion, Irish Islands Lists, Mudrock, sandstone, tuff Bedrock

Reachable "On Foot " Y
Height: 189.3m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L60575 75196
Place visited by 33 members. Recently by: DavidWalsh, Onzy, shaygo, tphase, Sloane, chalky, skhg, wicklore, simon3, osullivanm, Bernieor, madfrankie, mcrtchly, jackill, Peter Walker
Island visited by 33 members.
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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 1408th highest in Ireland.

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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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