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Inishbofin - Activites

Walking, camping, birdwatching, boating, fishing

Walking:

Take an invigorating walk around the island while being revitalised by the fresh Atlantic sea breeze. Walk on the fine, golden sands of the east beach at Tobar an Ghlasain where you can go for a refreshing swim.

Views from the island summit (An Mullach) are spectacular. In good weathers, you can see the white-faced cone of Errigal and 'table-top' Muckish mountain. See also Cnoc Fola (Bloody Foreland), the cliffs of Horn Head, Toraigh and the neighbouring islands of Inis Dumhaigh (Inisdooey) and Inis Beag (Inishbeg).

Camping:

For information, phone T: 087-627 9789

Birdwatching:

In summer, Inis Bo Finne reverberates to the call of the corncrake, a bird species that has vanished from most parts of Ireland. The island holds 10-20 calling males each summer, an important concentration of this globally endangered species. The Island Co-operative works with BirdWatch Ireland on managing the grasslands for the benefit of corncrakes (a scheme funded by the National Parks and Wildlife Service).

Peregrine falcons and choughs regularly visit the island, which is inside a candidate Special Area of Conservation. In summer, some 30-70 breeding pairs of Arctic terns are distributed between Inis Bo Finne and Inis Dumhaigh. The latter island holds colonies of cliff-nesting seabirds, including fulmars, shags and gulls, and a colony of eider ducks.

In winter, Inis Bo Finne is visited by an internationally important flock of some 400 barnacle geese, occasionally accompanied by Greenland white-fronted geese.

Watch wild animals:

Hundreds of wild rabbits run about and frolic in the fields - they are a delight to watch.

Grey seals, porpoises and otters are seen around the coast.

Botany:

Primrose bands are abundant - quite unusual for an offshore island. The grasslands support a wide variety of colourful wildflowers in summer including birdsfoot-trefoil, centaury, eyebright, harebell, pineapple mayweed, forget-me-not, knapweed, mouse-ear and curly dock.

Boat trips:

The ferry boat, the Carmel Olivia, skippered by islander Micheal O Briain and seating 12 passengers, is available for coastal cruises from March to September. See cliff-nesting seabirds, or watch whales, dolphins, basking sharks, etc.

Contact: Micheal O Briain

T: 087-627 9789 or T: 087-771 8424

Fishing:

The Carmel Olivia (seats 12) is available for sea-angling trips, hourly rate. Deep-sea rods for hire. Also, good shore-fishing: catch pollock, coley, mackerel, ballan wrasse, plaice, spotted dog, sea trout. Rods for hire.

Contact: Micheal O Briain

T: 087-627 9789

Windsurfing & sea-kayaking:

The spectacular bay and beach at nearby Machaire Rabhartaigh is popular with windsurfers and sea-kayakers.

T: 087-627 9789

Excursions:

Tour northwest Donegal, including breathtaking Glenveagh National Park and the Gaeltacht villages of An Fal Carrach and Gaoth Dobhair, for the culture and the 'craic'. A trip to the famous island of Toraigh is a pleasant way to spend a day.

Church:

Muire na nGras: Mass - Sunday 1:00pm

(June-september)