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Inishbofin is the closest Island to Connemara and with its 15km² and ~160 habitants a beautiful little place to visit for the day.

The ferry in the morning leaves at 11:30 from Cleggan and takes only 30 minutes. Now in December the last and only ferry back is at 16:00 (last in summer one hour later), which gives you 4 hours to explore the Island.

Everyone recommended me to hire a bike and it definitely makes sence: You can choose between 3 different loop tracks on the island which all would take between 1,5 and 3 hours walking, but with a bike you will be able to see almost all of them and it is way more fun.

An old church and a graveyard towards the east, sand beaches, loads of pastures, blowholes, stag rocks in the north, a light house, old ruins

– Just enough highlights to squish into a short winters daytrip, but spending a couple of nights here would be fantastic to actually explore all of the corners.

It is a cold but very beautiful and sunny day and I can see the Island being a popular but still a bit secret spot to visit in summer – going horse riding, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving, fishing or having a picnic at the beach. Whereas in winter it feels like it is only the locals and you, which is great – every single car that passes me waves hello.

For me, the sunshine and the cycling made the experience perfect, I wish I had more than a few hours to enjoy the feeling and the nice little roads on Inishbofin.

– Luka

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Welcome to Mike's Connemara Blog. Here you will find valuable information to make the most of your time in Connemara. Mike is a well traveled Connemara native who for the past 15 years has taken pride in helping people find the best Connemara has to offer. Walks, Hikes, The best tourist attractions, secret picnic spots, events, festivals, bars,  restaurants and accommodation are just some of the categories he covers. It's all impartial advice but bear in mind Mike also runs The Connemara National Park Lodge and Restaurant 🙂  
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