Inishturk

Episode 5

 

Architect and popular television personality, Dermot Bannon, explored the island of Inishturk, nine miles off the coast of County Mayo. Mayo is the heartbeat of The Wild Atlantic Way with the longest coastline, the largest island and the highest sea cliffs in Ireland. It also boasts a rich tapestry of landscape, from lonely islands to magnificent mountain valleys. 

Dermot began his journey from Roonagh pier on the mainland where he took the ferry to Inishturk, home to fewer than 100 islanders. For the first part of Dermot’s walk, he was guided by islander Danny O’Toole. 

Inishturk has two waymarked trails – a Green route that follows a gravel track and a longer Purple route most of which is off road. 

Dermot and Danny took the purple route and explored the many sights the island has to offer including one of the island’s most interesting sights, The Spirit of Place Sculpture, designed and built by American architect Travis Price. 

After enjoying the hospitality of the local B&B, Dermot met guide Gerry McCloskey on day two of his trip and explored the southern coast of the island.  Their first stop was Portdoon pier where according to folklore this hidden cove was once a secret base for pirates. Gerry invited Dermot to go out on a boat and view the island from the sea. On the boat, Dermot got to chat to islander and fisherman Jack Heanue about life on the island. 

For anyone visiting the region, here are a number of other trails to consider:

  1. Clare Island – Knockaveena Loop
  2. Lettermaghera - Derradda loop
  3. Raheens Wood Trail
  4. Deserted Village Walk Achill Island
  5. Inishbiggle Gubnadoogha Loop

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