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Inishturk - Lough Coolaknick Loop
Inishturk Island, Co. Mayo
Free to visit
Revel in a 5km island loop off the County Mayo coast and leave the real world behind. With rugged mountain landscapes and enveloping Atlantic seascapes, this Inishturk trail is an absolute pleasure.

After a short ferry trip from Roonagh Pier, the lovely Lough Coolaknick Loop starts at Inishturk Island Pier.

Taking two hours to complete, this easy trail circles Inishturk’s Cairn Hill following surfaced roadways, sandy tracks and hillsides. The aggregate ascent over the route is just 100m.

Ideally placed to embrace awe-inspiring panoramas of West Mayo and Connemara’s abundance of islands and mountains, idyllic Inishturk sits nine miles off the coast.

The loop leads walkers to the remote and tranquil Lough Coolaknick, while the lagoon of Portadoon is only a short off-trail detour accessed by a steep channel through cliffs to the sea.

This inviting island is known for the hospitality of its 60 inhabitants. Need a cup of tea after your loop? Inishturk Community Club, Restaurant & Shop is the place to drop in. Or off the island, a few minutes’ drive from Roonagh Pier you’ll find yet more welcoming spots.

Trail details

Walking Trail
Inishturk Loops
Dogs allowed:
    Time:2 hours
    Nearest town start:Louisburgh
    Nearest town finish:Louisburgh
    Start point:Inishturk Island pier
    Finish point:Inishturk Island pier
    Waymarking:Green arrow on yellow background
Why we like it
  • A small but beautiful island, just 5km x 2.5km, Inishturk sits between the two other stunning islands - Inishbofin and Clare.
  • The name Lough Coolaknick comes from the Irish translation of ‘the lake at the back of the mountain’.
Contact details
Co. Mayo, Ireland
Leave no trace
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be considerate of others
  • Respect farm animals and wildlife
  • Travel and camp responsibly
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Protect nature from fire
More to discover at this venue
Coastal escapesInishturk

Inishturk Island rises boldly from the Atlantic Ocean, off the scenic coast of County Mayo. See the soaring sea cliffs to the north west and steep hills to the north, on which stands the ruins of the old signal tower.

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