Inishbofin Island (Inis Bo Finne)
Inishbofin is an island about 8 kilometers off the coast of Connemara. It’s about 5.5 kilometers long and 3 kilometers wide, and has around 200 inhabitants.
Inishbofin has one of the finest deep Harbours on the West Coast.
The impressive “Cromwell’s Barracks” which you will meet upon entering the harbour on the ferry from Cleggan. These are well preserved ruins dating back to the 17th century.
With safe, sandy beaches and is an ideal spot for swimming, canoeing,diving, sailboarding or wind surfing. Clear water make swimming, snorkelling and diving a joy.
The island is a favourite spot for Rock-Climbing,Hill-Walking,Cycling and Angling.
There are many other sites of historical interest, including the remains of St.Colman’s Abbey dating from the 7th century.
A variety of bird life including the Corncrake, which is now almost extinct attracts many naturalist. There is also a varied plant life including some rare species of wild flowers and grasses.
This island has become an important centre for Traditional Irish Music with its own Celi Band.
Inishbofin can be reached by ferry from the pier in Cleggan.