Looped Walk Descriptions
Inishbofin has 3 Looped Walks, all with stunning views of the Islands beautiful scenery. The Looped Walks feature on the 'Discover Ireland' website.
Inishbofin Westquarter Loop
The Westquarter loop takes in some of the most stunning Atlantic Coast scenery in Connemara offering views of the Island’s blow holes and sea arch, sea stags where the Island seal colony can be seen, the Dún More Cliffs and Iron Age promontory fort ruins, picturesque Trá Gheal beach and famine road. The track winds over grass paths, turf banks and shingle beach pebbles. The walk also affords views of Inishark Island.
Inishbofin Cloonamore Loop
The Cloonamore Loop which runs over green roads, bog roads and laneways runs along the beautiful East End Beach and St Colman’s 14th Century Chapel and Church Lough, a fertile valley which supports reed beds and other vegetation, which in turn provide cover, food and nest sites for a wide variety of birds.
Inishbofin Middlequarter Loop Official Failte Description:
This walk runs over Inishbofin’s second highest point, which on a clear day offers panoramic views of Achill Island’s mountains, Inishturk and Clare Island, the Twelve Bens, Maumturks and Croagh Patrick, the track takes in Inishbofin’s historic and varied Iron and Bronze Age landscapes with mill stones, partitions and evidence of round stone houses.
T:+353 95 45895
Bird Watching Back to Top
Inishbofin is a breeding area for many species of birds. The rarest or most threatened species breeding on the island at present are the Corncrake. The Corncrake have been nesting and breeding on Inishbofin for many years.
The island was farm machinery free up until the beginning of the eighties, which suited the nesting habits of the Corncrake. Implements used at that time would include hand driven hay machines and many farmers would have used the Scythe, which was a slow process and gave the Corncrake ample time to move into the next meadow.
Other species of bird found breeding of Inishbofin include Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Fulmers, Shags, Guillemots, Common Gulls, greater and lesser Black Backed Gulls, Manx Shearwaters, Herring Gulls and Choughs.
There are some very scenic breeding areas on the island, which can be viewed from a distance without causing distress to the breeding population.
Islands West Dive Centre Back to Top
With some of the clearest waters in Ireland, Inishbofin is an excellent place to dive. Inishbofin has it's own dive centre. John Mc Cabe, the owner and operator is from the islands and is a PADI Master scuba diver trainer and emergency first response instructor and has been a qualified PADI professional for over ten years.
Check out the Islands West website:
Inishbofin Equestrian Centre Back to Top
Inishbofin Equestrian Centre can provide a one on one lesson for beginners or refresher lessons in an outdoor arena. The trekking routes can take you through over 800 acres of the islands landscape which includes trekking on minor roads, laneways, bog roads, green roads, over open commonage, island high points, passing by the islands boglands, forts, blow holes, mill stones, Stag rocks, memorial sites, historical sites and stunning views.
T: +353 87 9501545
Sea Angling Back to Top
- All day, half day or hourly ventures
- Dive charter
- Dolphin Spotting
- Bird watching
- Whale and Seal watching
- Inter-Island tours
- Fully licensed and insured
- Cruising speed of 15knots
Relaxation / Beauty Treatments Back to Top
Why not totally unwind and opt for a relaxing treatment. Treatments available include Reflexology, Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Facials, Shiatsu Face Lift Massage, Manicure, Pedicure, Shellac manicure, Bridal make up etc.
Beauty / Massage Therapist
T: +353 95-45953 / 086-8381148
Kings Bicycle hire Back to Top
Why not discover the Island by bicycle Bikes are available for hire at the new pier or Kings Bike Hire in Lower Middle Quarter.
T: +353 95 45833
Community Market Back to Top
Inishbofin Community Market is held in the Community Centre each Monday from 2pm to 4pm.
The market is a great place to get locally produced products including breads, pastries, cakes, buns and crafts.
Fish and organic vegetables from the island are also available.
Inishbofin Creative Workshops Back to Top
Inishbofin Creative Workshops offer an opportunity to zone out of life on the mainland, to tap into your creative resources and to focus on relaxing in the present, in a beautiul serene setting on a simply stunning island.
The 1 or 2 day ‘taster’ workshops are available in:
- Pottery / Ceramics
- Hand / Screen Printing
- Glass Fusing
The workshops are timed so as to leave participants lots of free time to explore the stunning scenery that Inishbofin has to offer and to enjoy the renowned sessions in the local pub.
Bespoke workshops can be designed for small groups, hen weekends, team building days (min 3 participants required).
Inishbofin House Marine Spa Back to Top
The Marine Wellness Spa at Inishbofin House Hotel is a sanctuary for health, relaxation and wellness. It specialises in a range of relaxing treatments, which focus on leaving you feeling re-energised, rejuvenated, de-stressed in body and mind, and connected with one’s inner self.
The Marine Wellness Spa has six treatment rooms and specialises in the use of VOYA products. VOYA is an Irish company and is currently the only producer of certified organic cosmetic grade seaweed.
Many treatments are on offer, from facials and massages to holistic treatments.
T: +353 95 45809
Beautiful Beaches Back to Top
For such a small Island Inishbofin has numerous beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters. An excellent place to spend the day to unwind. Several beaches on Inishbofin have been awarded the 'green coast award'. Swimming lessons are available for both adults and children during the summer months.
Blowhole and Sea Stacks Back to Top
Inishbofin is one of the few places in Ireland where a Blowhole can be seen. In geology, a blowhole is formed as sea caves grow landwards and upwards into vertical shafts and expose themselves towards the surface
Sea stacks can be viewed at the Stags of Inishbofin. A stack is a geological landform consisting of a steep and often vertical column or columns of rock in the sea near a coast, isolated by erosion
Seal Colony Back to Top
Seal colonies can be found in two areas on and around Inishbofin Island. The first one is based on the island near the Stags Rock. This colony, while still viewable, is in serious decline over the past ten to fifteen years. It has not been well researched or documented why this is the case. The decline in fish stocks could be one reason for the decrease of the seal population in this area.
A second colony can be seen near the island of Inishgort that is situated approximately one mile West of Inishbofin Harbour. This colony can be accessed only by boat and this may be the reason that seals congregate in this area. The only visitors they receive are the fishermen setting and hauling their lobster pots.
Wild Flowers Back to Top
Many species of wild flowers can be seen on Inishbofin Island throughout the year.
For information please contact the Inishbofin Tourism Association at:
T: +353 95 45861
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