Inishbiggle (Inis Bigil) – traditional island life

The idyllic Inishbiggle (or Inis Bigil in Irish, which means “island of the fasting”) lies between the mainland and Achill island. It is an unspoilt and unique island, which to this day contains a traditional community where small farming and fishing are time-honoured traditions.

Wonderful for walking and exploration, life here runs at a relaxed pace, and the tranquil atmosphere and glorious scenery are loved by visitors. The Inishbiggle loop walks begin at the pier at Bullsmouth, where the ferry from Achill Island lands, and at Gubnadoogha, where the ferry from Ballycroy lands.

Inis Bigil is located just 90 meters from Achill island, , Co. Mayo. Access is by ferry from either Doran’s Point at Ballycroy, on the mainland, or Bullsmouth, Dooniver, Achill Island. Because of strong currents around the island, access can be uncertain in winter months. There is a helipad on the island for emergency access.


From Doran’s Point, Ballycroy (mainland), contact Micheal Leneghan +353 87 1269618

From Bullsmouth, Dooniver, Achill Island, contact Joe O’Malley +353 86 0612482

Inishbiggle on the map

Inishbiggle, Westport-Belmullet Municipal District, County Mayo, Connacht, Ireland