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- Directions: Situated 8.8 km off the coast of Connemara. The nearest port on the mainland is Cleggan Village, 11km north of Clifden.
- Access: Ferry services operate year - round to the islands from Cleggan. Crossing takes 30 minutes Inishbofin Island Discovery Ltd Daily, year-round. 100 passengers Tel: +353(0)95 45819 Tel. +353(0)95 45894 <a href="http://www.inishbofinislanddiscovery.com" target="_blank">www.inishbofinIslanddiscovery.com</a> <br> Inishbofin Island Ferry Daily mid June to mid Sept. Capacity: 99 passengers Tel: +353(0)95 45903 <a href="http://www.inishbofinferry.com" target="_blank">www.inishbofinferry.com</a> <br>
- Highlights: Inishbofin Arts Festival, island market; seals; rare flora; beaches; heritage museum, archaeological remains, iron age coastal premontory forts,
- Population: Over 200.
- Size: Approx 5.8 km long & 3.5 km wide.
- Activities: Take advantage of Inishbofin's "Green Coast Award" beaches: swimming, diving, birdwatching, windsurfing, angling, not to mention Loop Walks and cycling. <b>"Bofin Trad"</b> - every Tuesday night during July and August, Doonmore Hotel. Leo Hallissey's Summer School. <b>Farmer's Market </b> on the east side of the island: every Wednesday morning from 9.30-12.00. <b>Inishbofin Arts Festival</b>; takes place on the second weekend in May every year. Events include live music performances, story-telling, guided archaeological walks, set dancing evenings, drama performances and workshops and book readings. Contact: Simon Murray at email@example.com. <b>Inishbofin Half Marathon</b>: Third weekend in May annually. <b>Inishbofin Community Centre</b> provides internet access, sports hall, library, community services, tourist information, children’s playground etc and is open all year around.
- When to visit: Best time is April to Sept, but busiest time is July and August.
- Did you know?: Legend has it that the White Cow that gives the island it's name can be seen early in the morning once every seven years, but it is also reputed that the Cow appears before a disaster happens on the Island!
- Accommodation: Hotels, holiday home, hostel and camping site. Café, restaurants, shop, crafts, pubs, community centre. Bike-hire, mini-bus for pick up or tours.
Inishbofin Island -GalwayInishbofin island Galway - Ireland West
Inishbofin Island, 11km of the Galway coast, is renowned for its white sandy beaches, rare flora and fauna and magnificent scenery. It is an inspirational haven for artists, musicians and photographers. Iron Age promontory forts dot the cliffs, early Christian and medieval monastic remains tell the tale of St Colman and St Leo, 16th Century strongholds whisper of pirates Don Bosco and Granuaile and the remains of a 17th Century barracks cry out for the Catholic clergy once imprisoned here. Today, Inishbofin has become an important centre for traditional Irish music and song, boasting its own Ceilí band and local contemporary musicians. The island plays host to many visiting musicians and artists who come to Inishbofin for its renowned music sessions. Inishbofin is a breeding area for many species of birds such as the endangered corncrake. For the adventurous there are exciting mountain walks, hill climbing and excellent shore angling. The local Heritage Museum sheds light on local history with accounts of island life in times past and information on the many archaeological sites. For those tracing ancestral roots, visitors can also access a genealogical database of the people of the island.
ContactTelephone+353 (0)95 45 895
Fax:+353 (0)95 45 884
Address: Inishbofin Community Centre, Inishbofin Island, Co Galway, Republic Of Ireland