The beautiful unspoilt island of Inisbofin lies off the Donegal northwest coast, just three kilometres (two miles) from Magheraroarty on the mainland. It is mainly an unoccupied island, though families whose descendants have lived on the Island for many centuries often return there to spend the summer months.
Kingsley Porter had a great love of the sea. His estate at Glenveagh was idyllic except there was no sea. The archeripelio of islands off the Donegal coast includes two inhabited islands, Tory and Inishbofin. Lucy Porter greatly feared the sea but she consented to her husband building a fisherman’s hut on the smaller inhabited island, Inishbofin. Porter also purchased a boat that he christened The Swan. Islanders considered the name to be a bad omen.