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Go dolphin watching with Dolphinwatch Carrigaholt

Carrigaholt, West Clare

Boat Trips
Visitor Farms / Wildlife
Cool For Kids

Dolphinwatch Carrigaholt runs boat tours around the mouth of Ireland’s greatest river, the River Shannon. 

They depart from the Castle Pier in Carrigaholt, from where they venture out into the Shannon Estuary to find its fascinating residents: bottlenose dolphins!

On board, your skipper and guide is Mary Kate Bolger, a marine biologist specialising in these dolphins. She will not only point out exciting and wonderful behaviours but also provide a deep scientific insight into their lives, anatomy, and global relevance.

After spending some time with the dolphins, you will head over to the cliffs to spot some stunning birdlife and magnificent geology, and often you see some distant cousins of the dolphins: wild goats!!

They have a small café on board, providing a hot drink which is always better at sea. Mary Kate and her crew will be available to answer any questions throughout the trip. They hope to see you on board soon!


  • Bottlenose dolphin encounters
  • Brand new purpose-built vessel
  • Unusual and rare geology
  • Stunning birdlife
  • Other species: goats, seals, sunfish

Good to know

Admission: Tour Fees Apply.

Open months: April-October (in 2022, open July to October).

Tour duration: 2.5 to 3 hours.

Suitability for younger children: Moderately suited.

Cool for kids: Not the best for toddler age, but cool for older children.

Rainy days: All outdoor.

Assistance/guide dogs: permitted.

Toilet facilities: on-site.          

Accessibility: Partially wheelchair-accessible – no wheelchair-accessible toilets.

Gift shop: Small merchandise items on board – hats, keyrings, etc. 

Dining/refreshments: Small café on-board offering tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch on board.

Groups:  Groups of up to 12 people can be accommodated.

Parking: Free car and coach parking at the entrance to the pier.

Photos: Thanks to photographer Richard Creagh for capturing these wonderful images.

Important Note: Details are subject to change. It is always advisable to check the opening dates, times and prices on their website or directly with them before visiting or booking.

About Carrigaholt


The picturesque fishing village of Carrigaholt is the largest village on the Loop Head Peninsula. Nearby coastal scenery is spectacular.