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Inishbofin Island

Seaguls in Inishbofin Bert K

Inishbofin (Inis Bó Finne in Irish, meaning Island of the White Cow) is an island lying about 8 kilometers (5 miles) off the coast of Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. It is about 5.5 km (3½ mi) long and 3 km (2 mi) wide, and has around 200 inhabitants.

Ruined house Bert K

Inishbofin is also home to Dún Gráinne, the remains of a fort used by the legendary Grace O'Malley, Ireland's pirate queen, as well as the ruins of a Celtic fort dating to 1000 B.C. Inishbofin is believed to have been continuously inhabited for up to 10,000 years. The current population of approximately 200 is down from a historical high of over 1000 in the 1840's.

Graveyard Bert K

An aspect of the island is that it has no trees or forests whatsoever. Any wood was cut down and used as heating fuel. Because of the salt-enriched air, trees were never able to re-establish themselves. Instead, a popular fuel on the island is peat turf. Cut from peat bogs, the turf is dried and makes a pleasant-smelling fire.

To get to Inishbofin, you must depart from the pier in Cleggan, located northwest of Clifden, Co. Galway. There is a daily ferry to Inishbofin all year round. There are three sailings per day to and from Inishbofin during the summer and two sailings daily during the winter.