Blasket Islands Eco Marine Tour, Kerry
The Eco Marine Tour are specialists for whale watching, dolphin and bird watching trips on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry.
The tour regularly encounters porpoises, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and minke whales. Orcas (killer whales) can occasionally be observed in passage, and humpback and fin whales show up in these waters in the late summer and autumn months. You can also come up close to the world’s second largest fish, the giant basking shark, as you travel below the breathtaking cliffs at Slea Head Drive and the towering Cathedral Rocks of Inis na Bro.
The Great Blasket Island and its smaller neighbour Beginish are also home to a colony of about 700 inquisitive grey seals who often come close to the boat!
Cork Whale Watch
When it comes to unique wildlife encounters there are few things as breath-taking and humbling as coming face to face with the world’s largest creatures.
You’ll find some of the best whale watching opportunities in the North Atlantic aboard the Holly Jo with Cork Whale Watch. West Cork, on the Irish south coast attracts minke whales, fin whales, and humpback whales to feed in its rich waters every year.
While trips are suitable for families with young children, they are a minimum of 4 hours duration and as some children get easily bored remember that turning back to port is not an option. There are no nappy changing facilities on board. Cork Whale Watch advise therefore that trips may not be suitable for children under 5 years of age, especially outside of spring/summer months.
Ferry from Kerry to Clare
Catch the ferry from Killimer in Kerry to Tarbert in Clare. It is a 20 minute journey across the estuary linking the iconic tourist destinations of the Kingdom of Kerry to the Banner County of Clare. Ferries leave every hour during winter months with extra half hour ferries during the summer.
You will enjoy views of the majestic Shannon Estuary and if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the dolphins, which in the summer, can sometimes swim so near the ferry, as if just to entertain you. The captain will announce if he spots dolphins so keep an ear out and your eyes peeled!