Situated 9km from the mainland, the tranquil island of Inishbofin measures just under 6km long by 4km wide, and its highest point is a mere 86m above sea level. You can walk or cycle its narrow, deserted lanes, green pastures and sandy beaches, with farm animals and seals for company.
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.