Walk Details » Island Day Trips
Guided Island Adventures
Walk Connemara offers guided trips to the stunning islands off the spectacular coast of Connemara and Mayo. Day trips or multi-day tours can be arranged to these special islands, including inhabited (Inishbofin, Inishturk North and Clare Island) and uninhabited (Inishshark, Inishlyon, Caher, High Island, Achill Beg and the Inish Keas). These islands are rich in monastic, pre-christian, bronze age and megalithic archeological remains including churches, cross slabs, burial grounds, holy wells, field systems, fullachta fiadh, cairns, megalithic tombs, enclosures and even a clochan.
The Inishbofin, Inishturk (North) and Clare Island trips can use standard ferry services, special ferry services or charted boats.
For day trips to Inishbofin using the standard Cleggan ferry services, the guiding cost is currently €260. This is for a group of up to 20 persons and excludes your group's ferry cost (standard fare is €20/person, but we may be able to negotiate a discount for you). Larger groups can be handled with extra guides (€260 each).
For day trips to Inishturk (North) or Clare Island using the standard Roonagh ferry services, the cost is currently €280 (excluding your group's ferry cost) for a group of up to 20 (extra guides €260 each).
For exclusive trips on high-performance chartered boats we can cater for groups of up to 11 people. Current prices for guided Island day packages (including the boat) range from €500-€1000 depending on the location, the duration and the lunch. These trips provide full flexibility, circumnavitation of the island and the possibility to visit uninhabited islands (see example below).
One of our boatmen with his fast RIB (Photo courtesy of Declan Rush)
Island treks can be organised around various themes:
Monastic: Caher, High Island, Inishbofin, Inishshark, Clare Island;
Pre-Christian, Bronze Age: Inishbofin, Inishshark, Inishlyon, Clare Island
Megalithic: Clare Island;
Geology: Caher, Inishbofin, Inishshark;
Flora: Wild Stonecrop, Orchids, Heathers, Sea Pinks, Rare plants
Birds: Fulmars, Puffins, Corncrakes, Shags, Guillemots;
Fish and Sea Mammals: Seals, Dolphins, Whales, Sharks
We can also organise multi-day island trips (e.g. with five overnights it is possible to cover most of Inishbofin, Inishturk and Clare Island). Larger groups can be accommodated with additional guides. The trips are customisable.
Lunch options are many. The simplest option is an outdoor picnic on the beach or coastline. Sandwiches, soup and light meals can be had in the island pub (which on Inishturk is also the Community Centre). There is even the possibility to arrange gourmet feasts with local produce (lobster, crab, mackerel) served in an island hotel restaurant or even outdoors (Inishbofin's disused East End pier is a spectacular location).
Below are a couple of examples. Variations on these trips or other destinations are possible (e.g. Inishark full day, High Island, Caher, Clare Island, Inishkeas). Check the Scheduled Walks page for forthcoming scheduled trips which may be able to cater for individuals or smaller groups.
Caher, Inishshark and Inishbofin - Full Day
Inishturk (North) - Half Day
Inishark and Inishbofin - Full Day
Before making a trip to Inishark it is recommended to view the excellent 50min documentary film “Inis Airc, Bás Oileáin” (Inishark, Death of an Island) by Inishbofin filmmaker Kieran Concannon (2006).
View of mainland from Inishbofin East End
Sea Stacks and cliffs on Inishturk
View from Inishark towards Mayo
Abandoned village on Inishark
Cromwellian fort on Inishbofin
Wild stonecrop growing on Inishturk
Sandy beach beside Inishturk pier
Inhabitant of Inishark
Beach on Inishbofin