Ireland’s greatest river opens out to the Atlantic Ocean at Carrigaholt on the Loop Head Peninsula, County Clare -
home to Europe’s largest group of bottlenose dolphins.
With approximately 200 individuals here at the Mouth of the Shannon, our encounter rate is one of the highest in the world and the best place to see dolphins in Ireland.
Dolphinwatch offers one of the most exciting activities and wildlife attractions on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Celebrating 25 years, this family business has a genuine and responsible approach to sharing this unique marine habitat:
Gold Certificate - Ecotourism Ireland
Gold Certificate - Irish Responsible Tourism Awards
Excellence Award - Trip Advisor
Named in the Top Ten Wildlife Attractions in Ireland - BBC
Ambassadors of the Wild Atlantic Way
The passenger ship, Draíocht (“Magic”) departs from the Castle Pier to bring you on an extraordinary adventure, with a live commentary and a crew of marine scientists to answer questions and ensure your comfort, safety and enjoyment. Dolphinwatch has been a committed partner in the research and protection of these wild dolphins since pioneering dolphin watching in Ireland in 1992.
Watching and learning about the dolphins in their natural habitat is central to the experience, yet every trip is different in this dynamic marine environment. On a trip with Dolphinwatch you have the opportunity to meet a variety of wildlife, learn about the many species of seabirds, and be awed by the stunning cliffs and caves at the Mouth of the Shannon.
Carrigaholt Village is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way.
"One of the best wildlife experiences in the country, led by conservationists and dolphin experts Sue and Geoff Magee.They are hugely influential in marine conservation on Loop Head, and beacons of sustainable tourism in Ireland."- The Irish Times