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Inisbiggle PierAchill IslandMayoRepublic of Ireland
W: Irish Trails website
A-B. Starting from the mapboard at the slipway at Bull’s Mouth, follow the red arrow along the roadway. After 500m pass a roadway on your right and (after 100m) another on your left. Pass the Post Office on your right and (300m later) you reach a crossroads. You will be returning to this point towards the end of the loop. For now, proceed straight ahead.
B-C. The loop now joins another loop which starts and finishes at the Gubnadoogha pier on the Ballycroy side of the island - this is marked with green arrows. Continue to follow the roadway past the schoolhouse (on your left) and a roadway (on your right). After 1km you reach the island’s Church at a crossroads. The loop turns left here - but you might like to take a short trip to the beach which is 100m straight ahead.
C-D. From the church, the loop ascends gently and levels out to pass a laneway to a house (on your left) before turning left at a 3-way junction. Another 300m takes you to a T-junction where the green loop turns right toward the Gubnadoogha pier. You turn left here. [Note: if you have the time you might enjoy the trip to the Gubnadoogha pier - allow 30mins out and back to this point.]
D-A. Follow the red and green arrows along the roadway to reach a house at a left bend. Turn left and after 50m pass a sandy roadway on your left. After 200m pass a roadway on your right and descend to reach the crossroads from where you began the loop at B above. The green loop turns left here - but you turn right and make your way back to the trailhead (1km).
Trekking shoes, raingear, fluid and mobile phone
Mulranny (4km) from pier
Inisbiggle Pier, Achill Island, Co Mayo