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Inis Bó Finne - Inishbofin Island

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Inishbofin Island, Offshore nr Magheroarty, Donegal,

The sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and hidden caves of Inis Bó Finne or Inishbofin Island, 3km off the coast of Donegal, is a haven for a myriad of bird life. Take a walk along the Islands shores to spot Arctic terns, peregrine falcons or corncrakes.

Inishbofin Island, or Inish Bó Finne in Irish, is located 3km from Machaire Rabhartaigh (Magheroarty) on the County Donegal coast.

Covering 300 acres, it is a small island of two halves connected by a narrow, sandy col. The Island is a sanctuary for bird life such as the endangered corncrake, migratory Arctic terns, peregrine falcons, barnacle geese and choughs; and makes a spectacular retreat for those watching them.

A small cluster of village houses sit on the south east of the Island that were last home to a permanent island community in the 1970s.

Nowadays, only a few hardy souls spend all year on the island. From March to October, however, many of the former inhabitants return to fish for lobster, crab and Atlantic salmon, or to gather shellfish and pick edible seaweeds such as cairrigin (carrageen) and creathnach (dulse) from the rocks.

Inishbofin is renowned for its water sports with surfing, kayaking and rock fishing growing in reputation annually. For many though the awesome views from the Island are enough of an inspiration to visit. The sweeping vistas take in mountains, including the unique white face of An tEaragail Mountain (Mount Errigal), and seascapes from Cnoc Fola(Bloody Foreland) to distant Toraigh (Tory Island), to the tip of Horn Head.

Ferries sail seasonally from Magheroarty.