Inishbofin Island - Westquarter Loop

County Galway
2 reviews
Grade Moderate
Length 8.1 km
Am 2 hours
Format Loop
Ascent 80 m
Dogs Allowed Under effective control
Waymarking Purple arrow on white background
Start Point
Inishbofin Pier
Finish Point
Inishbofin Pier
Nearest Town to Start Inishbofin
Lat. and Long. 53.61325, -10.21187

On minor roads, laneways, bog roads and grassy roads following Inishbofin's rugged coastline, this loop passes Loch Bofin, a stone beach, sea blowhole caves, high cliffs and the ruins of Dún Mór promontory fort. Enjoy the spectacular coastal views towards Inishark and the Galway mainland.

Maps and other information

Please keep dogs under supervision

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 37

steve from Galway

What started out as a pretty bleak and gloomy day ended in glorious sunshine that made our hike around Inishbofin something very special.

There is an atmosphere on the small west coast islands, as you gaze westwards to the curved horizon in the far far distance, that awakens the spirit and soothes the soul. As long as it's not howling with wind and lashing with rain that is, which it probably does a lot.

We only had 4 hours on the island before the ferry back but that was long enough to do the Middle as well as the Westquarter walks.

It would have been nice to spend the night and also explore the Eastern Quarter and the fort on Port Island, and also a trip out to Inishark. All of which can be done at the Walking Festival which takes place soon - 22nd-24th April. Hurry on!

A great pleasure of the walks was to be able to take the dogs (on leads). Even with sheep about there were none of the usual No Dogs signs. Refreshing.

Photos and story of the trip on the blog;

patrick from Dublin

Beautiful. When you finnish the walk get bicycle and cycle round the island. P.S. shame about all the scrap cars everywhere.

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