June 2010

Inisbofin, or simply Bofin, is one of Ireland’s nicest islands, and that’s really saying something.

Duach beach is a lovely white strand about 35 minutes walk from the ferry pier. The water here is crystal clear and has that lovely turquoise colour. There is a gradual wade in but when you start to swim you do get out of your depth quickly. It looks great for snorkelling.

The beach itself, while sandy, is also a bit stony. There are rocks at either end for shelter and you will also get shelter in the grass and small dunes which circle the beach.

When we there it was a beautiful sunny day and there was plenty of people sitting outside the hotels and bars. But, again, we swam alone. Oh dear.


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There are regular ferries to Bofin from Cleggan and it takes about 30 minutes. From the pier you turn right and walk for about 30 minutes; after the graveyard you will come to an opening and a sandy track which leads you to the beach. It’s not wheelchair accessible and you will struggle to get a buggy down.

Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No, 37. There are also local maps of the island on sale at the shop beside the ferry pier.

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