Monday 11 December 2017

Inishboffin: Way to go

MAP: OS of Ireland 1:50,000 Discovery 37 GPS: satmap.com

TRAVEL: Bus (michaelnee coaches.com; citylink.ie): Galway-Cleggan.

Road: Cleggan is signed from N59 between Letterfrack and Clifden.

Ferries: Island Discovery (095 45819/45894; inishbofin islanddiscovery.com); King Ferries (095 44649) from Cleggan to Inishbofin.

WALKING IN IRELAND: For walking tour operators, local walks and walking festivals throughout Ireland, see discoverireland.ie/walking.

WALK DIRECTIONS: From the pier, turn right along the island road. Bear left uphill by the church and follow this lower road out to pass St Colman's Abbey.

At East End Bay, a 'pier' sign points you back along the upper road. Keep along it past the school to descend to the coast road; left to the pier.

LENGTH: Four miles (6.5km) -- allow two hours.

GRADE: Easy.

CONDITIONS: Tarmac roads all the way. Buggy-friendly throughout.

DON'T MISS: Fantastic views all round, especially south east to 12 Bens; St Colman's Abbey; corncrakes -- keep your ears peeled.

REFRESHMENTS/ACCOMMODATION: Doonmore Hotel (095 45814/04; doonmore hotel.com); Day's Hotel (095 45809; dayshotel.ie); Dolphin Hotel & Restaurant (095 45991; dolphinhotel.ie); Galley B&B and Restaurant (095 45894); Lapwing House (095 45996).

GUIDE BOOKS/LEAFLETS: Map-guide widely available on Inishbofin.

OPERATOR: Connemara Safari Walking Holidays (Gerry McCloskey). Tel: 095 21071 or Freephone 1850 777 200; walkingconnemara.com.

INFORMATION:

See inishbofin.com.

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