The lure of a private island bolthole might appeal to some, but we find the whole idea a little ostentatious. That is until now. Situated off the western coast of Ireland is Inishturkbeg, a wild piece of land that trumps the naïve luxury previously associated with island retreats.
In addition to seven guesthouses with a total capacity of 21 bedrooms, which are available for rent individually or together, Inishturkbeg offers jaded cityfolk a taste of the good life. And for an actual taste of Inishturkbeg’s good life, look no further than the island’s home-produced range of smoked organic fish.
All the fish is caught locally in the surrounding waters of Clew Bay or further afield along the Atlantic West coast of Ireland, and delivered to artisan producers who fillet, cut and smoke the flesh delicately by hand, preserving its natural flavour in the process. From hand-boned, peppered, smoked wild mackerel to aromatic beechwood smoked lbercore tuna and marinated salmon gravadlax (an ancient Irish delicacy marinated with salt, sugar, dill and Irish whiskey), you’ll be hard pressed to find a favourite.