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Dolphin Watching in Co. Clare

The Mouth of Ireland’s greatest river, the Shannon, is home to Ireland’s only resident group of Bottlenose Dolphins. There are about 200 dolphins living in this EU Special Area of Conservation, and calves are born every year. The wildlife and scenery in this area is truly outstanding with a variety of nesting seabirds, spectacular cliffs and a fascinating maritime history.

Our purpose-built passenger boat, Draíocht ("Magic"), with your guide and wildlife enthusiast, Geoff Magee, at the helm, departs from Carrigaholt Castle Pier to take you on an unforgettable adventure. Our competent and friendly crew are on board to ensure your comfort and safety and to answer any questions you have on this fully guided trip.

Watching and learning about dolphins and their habitat is central to the experience, and there are always surprises, too. Every trip is different! You might meet a grey seal emerging from a cave, or spot a herd of wild goats on a hillside. Meanwhile you’ll enjoy stunning views of Loop Head and the Kerry coast.

Located in Carrigaholt, a recommended destination point on the Wild Atlantic Way,  Dolphinwatch was awarded gold by Ecotourism Ireland, and is one of the BBC Wildlife Magazine's Top Ten Attractions in Ireland.

A family business since 1992, we care about where we live, the wildlife, the environment and our passengers, who share the experience with us.

Visit our Photo Gallery

Listen to a recording of dolphin sounds made last year in the Shannon.




Friday, Sept. 19th  @ 1:00.

Sat. Sept. 20th @ 1:00 - Option on this trip of a Long Dock Seafood Picnic Box as part of our Seafood in September Festival this weekend. Please book your lunch in advance.

Call to reserve places.  

+353 (0)65 9058156

"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