Magical Inishbofin Island On The Connemara Coast From Galway Including Lunch

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 12 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Galway Coach Station, Fairgreen Rd, Galway, H91 C2VX, Ireland
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Come and discover Inishbofin or (Inis Bo Finne-Island of the White Cow in Irish), which lies seven miles (11 km) off Galways north-west coast. The island is five by three miles (4.8 km) long and the main activities on the island today are tourism, farming and fishing. There are five villages: West Quarter, Fawnmore, Middle Quarter, Cloonamore and Knock.
Inishbofin has lots ofinteresting things to see and do, such as manyspecies of birds, historical sites, white beaches, swimming, hill walks and shore angling. Itis also a centre for traditional Irish music and song with its own Ceil band.
With this tour you take a bus trip from Galway city to Cleggan harbour, then a ferry trip over to the island to experience the unique life of this magical island. Enjoy a delicious light lunch of local foods and craft beer, with a walk around the island before departing by ferry then bus back to Galway city.

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Departing central Galway city at 8.30am, hop on the public bus (transport cost included in this package) to Cleggan, County Galway. Traveling through Connemara through Oughterard village, pass the famous Quiet man bridge through Connemara's capital Clifden and on to the fishing village of Cleggan to catch the ferry fromthe pier at the harbour.

Arrive in Cleggan and explore the village before making your way to the ferry. Depart Cleggan by ferry to discover the island time capsule that is Inishbofin.The island was inhabited as far back as 8000-4000 B.C. The first documented history of the island dates from early Christian times. Sailing into the harbour you will see Cromwells 16th Century Barracks, which was used as a prison for catholic priests from all over the country after the English Statute of 1585 declared them guilty of high treason.

At midday you will arrive on Inishbofin. Explore this fascinating island and have lunch at a local restaurant/pub. For lunch it's recommended you have the dressed crab sandwich and a local craft beer, all containing local ingredients. Other tasty options are also available.Several safe sandy beaches strewn with shells and with crystal clear water make stand up paddling, swimming and snorkeling a joy. The islands waters make for spectacular diving.Inishbofin is a breeding area for many species of birds. For the adventurous there are hill walks and excellent shore angling. Inishbofin is a centre for traditional Irish music and song with its own Ceil band.

Depart from Inishbofin Island by ferry. This is the last ferry of the day so please make sure to arrive 15 minutes before departure!

Approximately 45 minutes later you arrive in Cleggan and depart for return journey to Galway city by public bus. Ten minutes from Clifden you will pass Ballynahinch Castle, one of Granuailes (famous pirate queen) on an island in Ballynahinch Lough. On the remaining journey you will travel through the wilds of Connemara and pass by the Maamturk and Twelve Ben mountain ranges.

You will arrive back in Galway city centre at approx. 8pm to finish off the day.


Return public bus transportation from Galway city

Light lunch


Alcoholic Beverages


Transportation to/from attractions

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Not wheelchair accessible

IMPORTANT: A voucher and bus ticket will be supplied after booking with departure times, departure point, directions and details. Please print out and bring with you to validate

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 28-Oct-2019

    Great Island! Bus fr Galway to Cleggan toooo lonnnggg. Ferries are on time don't mess up. Walked around island west side. Watch for the bogs. Beautiful scenery and Landscape.

  • 05-Aug-2019

    I thought that there is more ruins on the island, and there is only two -one is small old church and the second are the ruins on which you have to go 1 hour and only when there is no tide, or go with a kayak. Definitely not what I expected, mostly stony roads so really hard to drive by bike. I thought that there are normal roads so I will be able to go through whole island, unfortunately not possible. I would recommend it for someone who likes walking and looking at nature, like lakes and cliffs, and beaches. The crab sandwich was delightful, and people on the island very friendly, and of you like to be alone then go there because Its not crowded. Personnel operate 10/10

  • 19-Dec-2017

    Magical it was! Enjoyed our trip to this North Atlantic island. The bus from Galway passed through Connemara and brought us to the pier to catch a ferry. The ferry ride was about 30 - 40 minutes. The island is small and walkable if you can do some up and down on its hills. Lunch was great!