Inis Bigil, Achill Island, Co Mayo, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

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  • Created: September 16, 2015
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Mayo
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Inis Bigil (Inishbiggle) is an idyllic island between Achill Island and the Mayo Coast on The Wild Atlantic Way. Inishbiggle or Inis Bigil in Irish means 'island of the fasting'. The small population live on farming and fishing and it is the ideal place for a days walking and exploring.  The Inishbiggle loop walks begins at the pier at Bullsmouth, where the ferry from Achill Island lands, and at Gubnadoogha, where the ferry from Ballycroy lands.

Inishbiggle Island, Co Mayo, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland photo from erris-beo-explore-Carrowteigue-photo-of-the-beach-in-Ceathru-Thaidhg-01-1024x768Although Inis Bigil is located only 90 meters from Achill island, the Bullsmouth Channel between the two has one of the strongest currents in Europe. You can get a ferry either Doran’s Point at Ballycroy, on the mainland, or Bullsmouth, Dooniver, Achill Island.

Innisbiggle Island, Achill, Co Mayo, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland ActiveMe Travel Guide


Because of strong currents around the island, access can be uncertain in winter months.  Inis Bigil Festival is normally held every August and has been a popular outing for those from the mainland.

Contact: Micheal Leneghan for a ferry to the island
Tel: +353 (0)98 45513 / (0)87 1269618



1. Inis Bigil, Achill Island, Co Mayo, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

Altitude: 20 m