For a taste of island life, take a boat trip to the ‘Island of the White Cow’ (8km long by 3km wide, population 200.) Located 10km west of Cleggan (30 minutes by ferry), Inishbofin features all the best that Connemara has to offer; a rich history, stunning Atlantic coast scenery, spectacular walks and ‘Green Coast’ awardwinning beaches with crystal clear waters – making it a paradise for water-based activities.
The island’s visitors are given an extraordinary chance to come in contact with some of Connemara’s best preserved heritage; Bronze Age landscapes, Cromwell’s 17th century star-shaped fort, ancient burial grounds and a ruined 13th century church standing on the grounds of the original 7th century monastery founded by St. Colman. The three walks, the Middlequarter Loop, Westquarter Loop and Cloonamore Loop (see links to maps below) afford panoramic views of the Connemara mountains and the island’s cliffs, sea stacks and seal colonies. Inishbofin is a breeding area for many species of birds and is one of the rare places in Ireland where the threatened Corncrake can still be heard calling across the island.
The island is also famous for its musical heritage and it continues to be a haven for music lovers with sessions held regularly during the summer months, starting with the very popular Inishbofin Arts Festival in May. This is the perfect place to explore and unwind. Visitors are guaranteed a warm welcome with three hotels, a hostel and campsite, B&Bs and cottages available for rent.
Tickets for day trips to Inishbofin can be bought on the ferry itself. Please visit Inishbofin Island Discovery’s website to view the ferry timetables: inishbofinislanddiscovery.com
For further information visit www.inishbofin.com
Inishbofin Island Community Centre – Tel: 095-45895