Inishkea

The Inishkea Islands or Inis Cé in Irish,  are located 3km off the coast of Belmullet, Co. Mayo. The Islands are believed to be named after a saint that lived on the island in the 5th century called Saint Kea. There are two main islands, Inishkea North and Inishkea South. The Islands are home to numerous monasteries and ancient structures such as a dye station, whaling station, kelp station and stone slabs dating back to the 5th century.

How long is the ferry to Inishkea?

It takes only 35 minutes to get to from Blacksod Pier to Inishkea or 45 minutes from Dugort Pier with us! We sail daily from May to September, weather dependent!

What’s included in your trip?

  • 35 minute crossing to Inishkea from Blacksod Pier.
  • 45 minute crossing to Inishkea from Dugort Pier.
  • 3-5 hours on the island depending on passenger preferences.
  • 1 hour guided tour of the Inishkea Islands available in English & Irish.
  • Walking map with sites information provided.
  • Toilet facilities available on the boat.
  • Special children’s treasure hunt (COMING SOON).
  • Hot drinks & snacks available.

Videos of the Inishkea Islands

Inishkea Trip Options

Inishkea Island Day Trip

  • Departure from Blacksod / Achill.
  • Guided tour of Inishkea.
  • Day Trips of 3+ hours.

Inishkea Catch & Cook

  • Departure from Blacksod / Achill.
  • Go fishing for 1+ hours.
  • Gear provided*
  • Guided tour of Inishkea.
  • Day Trips of 3+ hours.

Inishkea Camping Trip

  • Departure from Blacksod / Achill.
  • Guided tour of Inishkea.
  • Stay for 1+ nights.
  • Food drop-off for longer stays*

Guidelines

  • Arrive 10 minutes before trip departure.
  • Let us know when booking your trip to Inishkea if you would like services such a guided tour or fishing to insure availability.

What to bring with you

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sun cream & Sun hat
  • Extra clothing
  • Packed lunch
  • Walking shoes
  • Phone

Suggested:

  • Swimming gear
  • Disposable barbeque
  • Camera

Inishkea Island Trip Itinerary:

Your tour begins at Blacksod Pier. Enjoy the experience of Blacksod Bay as we head for Inishkea. Your sailing to the island takes you past the picturesque village of Surgeview and the Islands of Blackrock, Duvillaun Beag & Mór, Geachta and Léim ar Reithe. Laying just beyond this, Inishkea’s navigation towers and cottages come into view as we make our way to the Island.

Once on the island, you will be given the choice to embark on a guided tour of the island, with an island descendent. You will be swept away on a spellbinding walking tour of the island, where you learn about the rich history of Inishkea and get to visit the school, whaling station, nunnery, cilin, 5th century stone slabs and various monastic sites. Learn about the fascinating stories of the Naomhog, Francoise Henry, St. Kea, the Children of Lir, the dye workshop on Inishkea North and so much more! Your tour finishes with a trek up the Alt Mór, where the Inishkea navigation tower, cliffs and St. Derbhile’s holy well are located.

Once your guided tour is complete, you will have lots of time to enjoy a relaxing lunch, go for a swim or furtherly explore the island! For our little passengers, we offer a exciting treasure hunt filled with puzzles and riddles to be solved! On your return trip, you can avail a refreshing hot drink onboard!

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