How to get to Inishbofin?

Inishbofin Island is situated 8 kilometers from the mainland, off the coast of Connemara, in the west of County Galway, Ireland. You can’t drive onto Inishbofin and the daily ferry only takes passengers. You don’t need your own car on Inishbofin, and there are several parking areas within a walking distance from the pier on the mainland.

To get to Inishbofin, you must take the passenger ferry from Cleggan pier, located northwest of Clifden. The ferry ride takes approximately 40 minutes and leaves Cleggan pier three times a day during the summer peak season and twice a day during the off peak times. Please arrive at the pier 30 minutes before the departure. Check out the ferry website for up to date timetable information or to book tickets online. The route to Cleggan takes you from Galway across Connemara on one of the most beautiful roads in Ireland (N59, the road from Galway to Clifden via Maam Cross).

This road separates Connemara into two parts, showing two quite different faces: in the south there is a flat landscape of lakes, in the north there is the dramatic landscape of mountains (The Twelve Pins).

From Clifden, the historic capital of Connemara, take the road for Cleggan and then, on to the pier. There are several car parks in Cleggan.

Inishbofin Ferry

There is a daily ferry service to Inishbofin all year round. There are three sailings daily to and from the island during the summer months and two sailings daily during the winter months.

For timetables and more information on the ferry service please check out the ferry websites. Tickets can be booked online for the ferry.
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By Car

Please see a road map of how to get to Cleggan pier from Galway. There are several car parks in Cleggan. The first being on the left as you enter the village. The cost is approx. €4.00 per day. You can drive your car to the pier to drop off any luggage, but please note that parking on the pier is prohibited.

Please note that our narrow island roads are best explored by foot or by bicycle. Bringing in visitor cars is not supported. Thank you for your understanding for the local community, other visitors and the environment.

By Public Transport

There is a daily coach service from Galway to Cleggan, through the beautiful town of Clifden. Citylink coaches leave from the bus depot on Foster Street in Galway. Check out their website for up-to-date timetables and booking. You can find the Galway-Clifden-(Cleggan)-Letterfrack timetable through this link. They also have a vehicle tracker which shows you the real-time location of the buses.

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By Sea

Inishbofin has one of the calmest and most sheltered natural harbours in Europe. The harbour is a safe and welcoming port for passing boats, and is an excellent stopover for boats/yachts travelling along the west coast. The co-ordinates of the pier at Inishbofin are:

53°36.75N 10°12.45W

Shower facilities are available at the Community Centre (unavailable for Summer 2023) and the Inishbofin Hostel.
Diesel can be purchased on the island on Tuesdays and Fridays from the old pier or if you ask on the Inishbofin Island Discovery ferry they will fill a drum for you. There are fresh water taps on both piers.