Iniskea (Inishkea) South Island, Co. Mayo - Day Trip

Iniskea South Island Guided Visit

June 26, 2021 @ 10:00 – 17:00
An Fód Dubh
Blacksod Pier (An Fód Dubh)
Belmullet (Béal an Mhuirthead)
Co. Mayo.

Iniskea South Island Guided Day Visit

Location : Blacksod Pier (An Fód Dubh), The Mullet peninsula, northwest Mayo.
Level : Easy
Duration : approx. 7 hours (pier to pier).
Iniskea south island guided visit
Description :
This beautiful little island lies 4 km west of The Mullet peninsula, beyond Belmullet (Béal an Mhuirthead). Abandoned since the 1930s, this tranquil spot is now home to seabirds and grey seals, ruined houses, wildflowers and the remains of its once thriving whaling station.
The 30 minute boat ride out is a pleasure in itself, as we look out for dolphins and more. Walking on the island is taking a step back in time, as we recount how the islanders once lived and what caused them to abandon their homes. A trip to Iniskea is a truly fascinating, peaceful and memorable day out, filled with stories of the past.
Please allow around 90 minutes to get to Blacksod pier (signposted An Fód Dubh) from Castlebar, Westport or Ballina. You will drive through Bangor Erris and then Belmullet (Béal an Mhuirthead). The boat, which has a capacity of 12 passengers, leaves at 10.00 and typically returns to the pier around 17.00.

Iniskea South Island – Prices, Reservation & Special Conditions (please read carefully)

Please note :

This day trip to Iniskea can be booked by pre-payment only, by using the PayPal system below. Payment is not accepted on the day of travel. Cancellations subsequent to payment having been made will not be entertained and will forfeit 100% of the payment. In the case of the trip being cancelled by Tourism Pure Walking Holidays however, either due to the boat captain’s decision regarding weather conditions or due to insufficient bookings, you will of course be refunded 100% of the charge incurred.

Date :
€ 50
Younger Person of 13 to 18 years
Date :
€ 30

Having hit the “Add to Cart” button, please proceed to your “Shopping Cart” on the right-hand side, to indicate number of walkers and to complete your booking. Please provide your mobile phone number during the booking process, so you can be updated with the weather forecast and if the trip is going ahead, prior to the date.

This walk is not suitable for under 13 year olds!

Enjoy this video introducing you to The Mullet Peninsula of Northwest Mayo.


29 Responses to Iniskea South Island Guided Visit

  • Marie said on January 5, 2018 at 12:06:

    Is lunch provided??

    • Barry Murphy said on January 5, 2018 at 13:36:

      I’m afraid not, Marie. Along with sun cream, hat, rain gear and water, you should also bring along a packed lunch. Regards, Barry.

  • Leslie O Hora said on January 6, 2018 at 20:24:

    Looks like a great trip

  • Mary murphy said on January 8, 2018 at 10:57:

    If you are 63 on a invalidity pension is it 50 euro I have a free travel pass but I do alot of walking
    What distance are you planning

    • Barry Murphy said on January 26, 2018 at 12:27:

      Hi Mary, I’m afraid that is the price, yes. Total walking is very little, as the island is really quite small. You’d be talking about maybe 4km. However, some of the terrain can be a little rough and there is one slope down the side of a modest hill.

  • Joe said on January 31, 2018 at 16:18:

    Would we be allowed bring a small dog or is it best to leave him at home? Thanks

    • Barry Murphy said on January 31, 2018 at 18:14:

      Hi Joe, I’m afraid the dog will need to stay at home, yes. The island has sheep grazing, so dogs are not permitted, sorry.

  • kevin murphy said on February 13, 2018 at 02:00:

    Do you offer trips to North Iniskea as well?

    • Barry Murphy said on February 19, 2018 at 11:58:

      Hi Kevin, I’ve emailed you a response!

  • Anne Mullarkey said on February 18, 2018 at 00:33:

    What grade of walk is this considered and are walking boots necessary

    • Barry Murphy said on February 19, 2018 at 11:59:

      Hi Anne, I’ve emailed you a reply, but no, you don’t need hiking boots – it’s an easy stroll around this beautiful place.

  • Áine Ní Dhomhnaill said on April 11, 2018 at 15:00:

    Hi, Do you offer trips to Inishkea north?

    • Barry Murphy said on April 20, 2018 at 17:06:

      Hi Áine,
      I’ve replied via email, thank you, Barry.

  • Damian McDonagh said on May 27, 2018 at 09:56:

    Hi Barry,
    Three questions: Do you still have places available for the 5 August trip? And I’m also asking do you do trips to Inishkea North? Finally, as regards cancellation, are we notified the night before as I would be driving from Galway?
    Kind regards,
    Damian McDonagh

    • Barry Murphy said on May 28, 2018 at 10:12:

      Thanks Damian, I’ve responded by text, but for everybody’s information, yes I do occasional trips to the North Island and send out notification either the day or two days prior to island trips, with info on weather and whether the trip can go ahead. All the best, Barry

  • Nuala McCarthy said on May 27, 2018 at 15:40:

    Would like to see it myself and walk it.

    • Barry Murphy said on May 28, 2018 at 10:08:

      Hi Nuala, it’s a gorgeous spot, you’d love it! Regards, Barry

  • Derek Murray said on June 24, 2018 at 18:56:

    Hi, would love to camp here for a night, is this something that can be arranged? How much does trip cost?

    • Barry Murphy said on June 25, 2018 at 10:22:

      Hi Derek,
      Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately, as the island is abandoned, there is no ferry service. When I bring guests out, I have to arrange the boat and therefore must bring everybody back to the mainland with me.

  • Cathy Watkins said on April 3, 2019 at 23:41:

    Is there any chance that you will have a trip earlier in the month? My mother, daughter and I will be in country June 15-24. Looks like such a lovely opportunity.

    • Barry Murphy said on April 8, 2019 at 10:14:

      Answered via email, thanks Cathy.

  • Emmet O'Mahony said on May 13, 2019 at 22:34:

    Hi, I was wondering if there is any way to get out to the island to camp for two nights. We were thinking of kayaking but would rather an easier mode of transport out and save the kayaking for a circumnavigation.


    • Barry Murphy said on May 24, 2019 at 14:08:

      Replied via email, Emmet, all the best.

  • Padraig McHugh said on June 20, 2019 at 12:05:

    Are any trips to Inishkea planned for the August Bank holiday or the week just after ? Was on trip there with you about 3 years ago and just loved it . Would go again in a heartbeat ! Regards Padraig

  • joan lenihan said on July 24, 2020 at 12:20:

    Hi are you running trips to innisikea island in august 2020 thanks joan

    • Barry Murphy said on July 25, 2020 at 10:40:

      Hi Joan,
      I have a trip to Iniskea North Island on Sunday next, August 2nd, with just 2 spaces left. You can see the link to book on the homepage. Best regards, Barry.

  • Emma Culleton said on July 28, 2020 at 12:04:

    Hi Barry,

    We are a group of 6 adults staying in Doohoma in mid August. We’d love to see Inishkea are you doing a trip on the 13th or 14th


    • Barry Murphy said on July 28, 2020 at 12:14:

      Hi Emma,
      Thanks for your enquiry. I’m afraid not, as I’m away all that week. Enjoy your time in Mayo, regards, Barry.

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