Dolphin Discovery are the longest established marine tourism operator on the Shannon estuary, County Clare.

The Shannon estuary is one of the few places in Europe that is home to a resident group of bottlenose dolphins. With over 140 dolphins here in the estuary, the record of sighting dolphins is very high.

Trips depart daily from Kilrush marina onboard passenger vessel Dolphin Discovery where you’ll encounter these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Shannon estuary.

Experience the excitement of seeing dolphins leap clear out of the water or swim along with the boat, where you are sure to get some amazing shots of them.

Friendly and helpful crew are onboard to make sure you have an enjoyable trip.

An excursion not to be missed on your visit to Clare!

  • Ireland’s Premier Marine Wildlife Tourism Attraction.
  • Your safety, comfort and enjoyment is assured.
  • All skippers are locals and carry a Certificate of Competency as Master from Ireland’s Dept. of Transport Marine Survey Office
  • Closest dolphin watching departure port to all major centers, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Ennis, Limerick, Tralee & Killarney all within 1 1/2 hour drive.

Sailings operate June-September
Trip duration 2 hours approx
Timetable on
Phone 065-9051327 for reservations

Useful Information

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Tea, coffee and snacks available at the marina to take onboard. Toilet facilities onboard.

PARKING: Extensive parking at Kilrush Marina for coaches and cars

Getting There

Kilrush, 43 km from Ennis on the N68, 56 km from the Cliffs of Moher on the N67 and just 8 km from the Shannon Car Ferry at Killimer

Map Location: 52.635009, -9.494711
Contact Dolphin Discovery

Kilrush Marina, Kilrush, Co. Clare, Ireland

Eircode: V15 AD62
T: +353 (0)65 905 1327
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