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Inishturk, Galway, Republic of Ireland
Inishturk Island rises boldly from the wild North Atlantic, off the County Mayo Coast, in wall like cliffs to the north west and steep hills to the north on which stands the ruins of the old signal tower 220m above sea level.
Inishturk, which translates as ‘Island of the Wild Boar’ is a small beautiful island located 14.5km off the west coast of Mayo, between the islands of Inishbofin and Clare.
This tranquil Island, sits atop cliffs and steep hills that drop down to the Atlantic. Inishturk is only 5km by 2.5km in size and yet it is rich in archaeological sites, such as the old Napoleonic Signal Tower.
Inhabited on and off since 4000 BC, the island's rugged pathways and trails offer hill walkers plenty of opportunities to explore. Exotic deep sea diving and boat trips to the neighbouring islands are only a chat away and can be organised by the boatmen or through the B&Bs.
On the eastern side on Inishturk are the secluded Tranaun and Curran beaches, with fantastic clear blue waters, ideal picnic and swimming spots after a hike. Watch the sun go down on what locals claim to be the best views in Europe! For the full island experience, round the day off with a pint of porter and an hour or two of set dancing in the island's lively community centre.