Inishbofin

Bastioned Fort

Cromwell's Fort stands on a rocky headland on the eastern side of the entrance to Bofin Harbour. This rather imposing structure was built by Cromwell's Forces, using local stone with granite quoins, in c.1656. It is a 32 metre long Bastioned Fort, often described as star-shaped, but is roughly rectangular with a variety of bastions at the N, S, E and West corners. It is believed locally that the fort was built on the site of a previous fortification, known as 'Bosco's Castle' It was also used as a detention centre for catholic clergy before transportation to the West Indies.

Please allow yourself a few hours if you wish to visit the ruined fort. It is a rugged trek around the harbour to the fort. We only visited the island on a day trip and after visiting St Colman's monastery we had a boat hired to take us to the nearby Inishshark; by the time we got back to inishbofin it was time to catch the last boat back to the mainland. After having a taste of what the island has to offer I can't wait for a return visit.

Situated: Take the ferry from Cleggan Pier in Galway. The trip takes about 40 minutes. You will see the fort on your right as you enter the harbour.

Discovery Map 37: L 5332 6458. Last visit May 2017.

Longitude: 10° 12' 59" W

Latitude: 53° 36' 38" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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