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An Excursion To Inishbofin -- The island of Inishbofin is a small emerald-green gem that lies 11km (6 3/4 miles) off the northwest coast of Connemara and offers seclusion and spectacular beauty, provided the skies are clear enough to deliver the unforgettable views of and from its shores. Once the domain of monks, then the lair of pirate queen Grace O'Malley, later Cromwell's infamous priest prison, and currently home to 180 year-round residents, Inishbofin is well worth a day's expedition or even a 2-day stay for those looking for peace and quiet.

Numerous ferries to the island operate from the port of Cleggan (13km/8 miles northwest of Clifden off N59) daily April through October. Inishbofin Island Discovery, Cloonamore, Inishbofin Island, County Galway (tel. 095/45819 or 095/44878; www.inishbofinislanddiscovery.com), sails between the island and Cleggan on the mainland, several times a day. Tickets cost €20, €15 students, €10 children 12 and older, €10 children 5 to 11, and €5 children age 3 to 5. Note: Reservations are essential.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.