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 is one of the most exciting activities and wildlife attractions on the Wild Atlantic Way.
A Trip Advisor Review on 25 July 2015:
"This is the single best tourist activity I've done in Ireland and right up there with anything I've done amongst a lot of international travel. Do not miss it!"
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 September 2015: “Sheer bliss”
"Still reeling from the sheer beauty of Dolphinwatch. I can't think of a better way to totally unwind after a hard week in the office. Dolphins, terns, shags, seals, feral goats and jelly fish all danced before my tired urban eyes. The easy intelligent commentary by the skipper, Geoff, soothed and informed throughout the trip.
I'll definitely be back for more!"
Our trips will begin again in April/May 2016.
Our passenger ship, Draíocht ("Magic"), skippered by Geoff Magee, departs from Carrigaholt Castle Pier to take you on an extraordinary adventure. Geoff’s fascinating commentary keeps you informed throughout the trip. Our competent and friendly crew are on board to ensure your comfort, safety and enjoyment.
Watching and learning about the dolphins in their natural habitat is central to the experience, yet every trip is different in this dynamic environment. You might meet a grey seal emerging from a cave, spot a herd of wild goats on a hillside, learn about the many species of nesting seabirds, and delight in the stunning cliffs and caves of the Loop Head Peninsula and the coast of North Kerry.
Our on board hydrophone (underwater microphone) allows you to listen to dolphin sounds.
We are a family business since 1992.
Carrigaholt 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