Eco-tourism itinerary: Inishbofin


Inishbofin Island Eco-Tourism Experiences: Sample Three Day Itinerary

Inishbofin Island offers a range of facilities and services, including hotels, a hostel, B&Bs, restaurants and craft shops; this beautiful destination is easily accessed by ferry from Cleggan Harbour in Connemara, County Galway.  
Visitors can also take in the Signature Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point at Derrygimlagh, a short drive away, before embarking on their journey from the mainland.

Three horseriders on a beach

Day One

Morning: Island Walking Tour with Cultúr na nOileáin

Discover the history of Inishbofin in the company of native island historian and archaeologist Tommy Burke. Cultúr na nOileáin Tours provide the most environmentally friendly way of exploring the islands and proudly adhere to the Inishbofin Leave No Trace code of conduct. They also follow the minimal impact hillwalking, birdwatching and marine megafauna viewing codes, wherever they are relevant.        
Lunch: The Galley Restaurant and B&B

Afternoon: Therapeutic horse riding

Not only is Inishbofin home to the only island equestrian centre in Ireland, but it also offers accessible horse riding and therapeutic lessons for those with physical, cognitive, emotional and developmental disabilities. Riding in such a remote, stunningly beautiful environment has emotional benefits for all who participate.
Dinner:  Dolphin Hotel & Restaurant

Sheep sitting in a green field

Day Two

Morning: Self-guided walking tour and picnic

Start at the Beach Bar and follow one of three waymarked walks: you'll find coastal tracks, beaches, ancient archaeological ruins, wild, windswept bogland and small island villages — with majestic views across the Atlantic to the mainland and the Twelve Bens mountain range. Grab a picnic (served in a reusable container and made with local ingredients), maps and a booklet of the island's cultural and natural highlights at the Beach Bar. 

Afternoon: Looking after lambs

The island's largest sheep farm opens its doors during lambing season for births, feeding, mothering and looking at newborns. It is also home to Sheepdog Nirvana, a unique experience that gives visitors the opportunity to watch intrepid farmer's sheepdogs in action. 
Dinner: The Doonmore Hotel, Restaurant and Bar 


Day Three

Grey seal in the water

Morning Option A: Atlantic Archipelago sailing trip

Take a guided three-hour sailing trip on an expedition through the history and geography of this stunning Atlantic archipelago. See the seal colonies off Stag's Rock and Inishgoirt on a tranquil and eco-friendly visit to their habitats. (4 people max)

Morning Option B: Rock fishing and food experience

Run by The Beach Bar, this self-guided walking and fishing trip includes the use of equipment and maps that will lead you to one of three accessible and prolific fishing spots for pollock and mackerel. On return, the chef will fillet and cook the fish.
Lunch: Inishbofin House Hotel and Marine Spa

Afternoon: Stand up Paddle Boarding

Paddle boarding — both stand up (SUP) or kneel down — is organised by the owners of The Beach Bar. Visitors can choose between a self-guided SUP session, or they can take a guided tour around the island's coves and headlands.
Dinner: The Beach Bar