Inishbofin Things to do
Inishbofin is an Island off the coastal fishing village of Cleggan. The port of Cleggan is located of the N59 north of Clifden (approx 15 minute drive). Citylink coaches also provide transport links from Galway via Clifden to Cleggan port. Inishbofin is approximately 5 x 3 km in dimensional length. Inishboffin Island is rich in history and archaeology that stretch back 2000 years. One of the most striking archaeological monuments as you approach Inishbofin by ferry is the starshaped cromwellian military coastal fort which dates back in the medieval times. Inishbofin has Archaeological sites from the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age, right up to the 19th century. In 2009 a local student discovered a Neolithic/Bronze age stone axe on the Westside of the Island. The current population of Inishboffin is currently 160 persons although this rises to plus 100 in high summer!
Inishboffin has a number of natural wildlife such as Seagull, grey seals and puffin bird. Primrose, white daisy, heather, bog cotton and buttercup are among some of the protected flora and fauna throughout the Island. Inishboffins main industry from the past to the present was primarily fishing. Today at Inishbofin there is a growing tourist industry. During the past 30 to 20 years there have been a growing number of bars, cafes and even hotels accommodating visitors and tourists to Inishbofin. Some of the hotels and restaurants at Inishbofin include the Dolphin, Beach day bar and restaurant and Doonmore Hotel and restaurant. There is a local tourist office and museum which showcases artefacts from prehistory towards the early 20th century. The museum is run locally which opens throughout the main tourist season from late march to October.
Throughout the main tourist season Inishbofin hosts a number of festivals such as the Walking festival in April, Inishbofin Arts festival in early May and the local music festival during August and September. Inishboffin has its own musical band which hosts a number of concerts in local bars and restaurants mainly throughout from April to October. The musical band who hails from the Galway area was formed in 1989 and featured on RTE television on numerous occasions such as the RTE Late Late Show. Between April and October local guides and historians provide guided walks in Inishbofin. Tours and walks can be arranged and booked at the local tourist office or at the nearby hotels and restaurants. Access to the Island is by Celtic Queen Ferry between Cleggan port and Inishboffin. Ferry times between Cleggan and Inishboffin are twice daily (vice a versa) departing and arrival, between April and October in each calendar year. Ferry tickets can be purchased at Cleggan harbour or on-board. Journey time by ferry takes approx 25 mins.