May 22, 2015 all-day
Co. Galway

Inishbofin Walking Festival. Be In Step With Nature.

Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th May

The Inishbofin Island Walking Festival gives visitors an opportunity to walk amid stunning Atlantic coastal scenery, crystal clear waters and award winning beaches surrounded by rich natural, built and cultural heritage. Walkers succumb to Inishbofin’s charm and stunning scenery, not to mention the warm and friendly welcome from the locals. Some come for the day, but most stay overnight, getting their walks in before the first chords of the evening sessions ring out and the stories and singing begin in Inishbofin’s hotels, bars and restaurants, where great locally sourced food is served and enjoyed. Inishbofin boasts a variety of splendid walks, including three Looped Walks, as well as green roads, bog roads and laneways! There are beautiful Green Coast beaches, clear waters ideal for swimming, snorkelling and diving, and a diverse range of birds, wildlife, flora and fauna. Traditional music is an integral part of Inishbofin’s culture. Musicians and artists regularly visit for the famous sessions, which are very special, as music is the heartbeat of Inishbofin. If you like a tune, you’ll love Inishbofin.

The Island itself has been visited through the ages; diverse historical sites are to be found around the island including several Bronze Age settlements. Many of its monastic sites are associated with Saint Colman, and ancient chapels and holy wells contain the memories of an early Christian settlement. Then there is the star-shaped Cromwell’s Barracks which dominates the entrance to the harbour. You will also see Dún Gráinne, which is said to have been the site of the O’Malley Castle, occupied by Grace O’Malley. Other Coastal Promontory Forts thought to be from The Iron Age are common on the Island, the most dramatic been Dún Mór in West Quarter.

The Inishbofin Island Walking Festival is a unique opportunity to enjoy a weekend of walking in this stunning location with local experts on hand to guide and help walkers discover the very best that the Island has to offer. The Walking Festival itinerary includes: walks with author and wildlife photographer Anthony McGeehan and local historian Tommy Burke who has a vast knowledge of Bofin and Connemara. There is also a chance to take a boat trip to Inishark and have a guided tour of the uninhabited island with Tommy. This time of year is also a great time to hear the elusive Corncrake calling – if you’re very lucky you might even catch a sight of one!

Registration is on Friday evening at the Inishbofin Community Centre – Weekend Walking Pass €35 for more information contact csptourism@inishbofin.com or call 095 45895