Welcome to Inishbofin

Its history is more tumultuous: St Colman exiled himself to Inishbofin in AD 665, after he fell out with the Church over its adoption of a new calendar. He set up a monastery northeast of the harbour, where the more recent ruins of a small 14th-century church still stand. Grace O'Malley, the famous pirate queen, used Inishbofin as a base in the 16th century, and Cromwell's forces captured the island in 1652, using it to jail priests and clerics.

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$1207.95 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Private Connemara and Inishturk Island Wildlife cruise

Arrive in the village of Cleggan at 10:15am to meet your skipper and local guide for the day on Cleggan pier. You will then leave Cleggan Harbour, sailing west down Cleggan Bay and passing Cleggan Farm to your right owned by the Twinings (of the tea fame) family and Rossadillisk the home to 16 local fishermen who perished in the 1927 Cleggan Disaster.Cruise and fish en route to the island of Inishturk; the west side of Inishturk is a bird watcher's dream (April to end of July) as on the water you will encounter flocks of Shearwaters, Petrels, Guillemots and Puffin. Visiting the Twin Sister’s Bay where there is a very large Puffin colony together with towering 500ft vertical cliffs. On the rock walls are also nesting Kittiwakes and Fulmars plus Razor Bills and Guillemots. Some additional sights to be seen include the vertical high cliffs and sea stacks, Castles on Clare and Inishbofin.Land on Inishturk, for those who want join the skipper on a guided scenic walk to the cliffs and some bird watching. For those who don't wish to walk, enjoy exploring the island, beaches and enjoy a pub lunch close to the harbour.At 6pm you will return to Cleggan pier where your tour will finish.

$1712.60 Cultural & Theme Tours

Explorer Series 8-Day Guided Croagh Patrick & Islands Walk

• Day 1: You arrive to the capital of Mayo – Castlebar town.  Here, your Guide will meet you at 16.00 hours, introduce you to your other group members & whisk you away to the western reaches of this glorious region to reach Achill Island.  This is your base for your next 2 nights and your Guide will brief you on the coming days of your holiday & ensure you are properly prepared for each day.  You will then walk to a nearby restaurant to enjoy your first dinner together & experience island  • Day 2: Achill Island - Leaving your accommodation, you reach a magnificent lake hidden in the mountains in an idyllic setting which supplies most of the island with its water. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 14kms.  • Day 3: Mulranny to Westport - Leaving this beautiful island, you then continue south east to reach the town of Mulranny. Before leaving Achill, your Guide will take you to see the beautiful Keem Beach – voted Ireland’s best beach! Walk Details – Distance: Up to 16kms. • Day 4: Clare Island - Your day starts today with a glorious drive around the shores of Clew Bay to then reach a small harbour on the western tip of these shores.  From here, you take a small ferry across to the magnificent Clare Island. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 16kms.  • Day 5: Croagh Patrick - Today is your day for experiencing a pilgrimage as you hike the iconic mass of Croagh Patrick.  No trip to Mayo is complete without a journey to the “Reek” and as it dominates the landscape, so it features in so much conversation around the locality. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 14kms.   • Day 6: Kilary Harbour - Today, you travel south through a wild & untouched region of mountain and bogland to reach the village of Leenane at the eastern end of Ireland’s only fjord – Killary Harbour. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 10kms.  • Day 7: Inishbofin Island - Your final day takes you by ferry from Cleggan Pier to the beautiful island of Inishbofin – awash with history, tradition & wonderful people. This is a day of discovery as you enjoy a circular walk around this historical island. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 16kms with some “cut off points” for those wanting shorter distances.  • Day 8: Departure - After your final and substantial Irish Breakfast, you will take the ferry back to the mainland & transfer by minivan to reach the bus & train station in Galway. From Galway, you can then avail of the excellent bus/train service to all major airports, cities & ferry ports in Ireland. Your estimated arrival time to Galway is approx. 11.00am.

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