Location:    Kilrush Creek Marina


                     County Clare

About Dolphin Discovery

        The West Clare Peninsula in County

Clare guards the northern shore of the

Shannon Estuary.  It is here where Ireland’s

only resident group of bottlenose dolphins

reside.  Over one hundred dolphins have

been identified using the estuary at different times.  Calves are born each year and they

are usually encountered on the cruises.

        The Dolphin Discovery Cruise takes about two hours, passing the islands of

Hog and Scattery.  Dolphins are successfully

located on over 98% of the trips.

        All skippers operating the Dolphin

Discovery Cruises are locals and they carry

a Certificate of Competency as Master from

Ireland’s Department of Transport Marine

Survey Office.  Dolphin Discovery is the

longest-established marine tourism operator

on the Shannon Estuary in County Clare.

They have operated safely for over thirty years.

    A new “Dolphin Discovery” ship was

specially built in 2007.  It is 18 meters in

length with a beam of 6.5 meters.  She can carry up to eighty passengers and three crew. It is the only dolphin-watching vessel

on the Shannon built to the exacting

standards of the EU Passenger Ship Rules

98/18 EC.  It ensures safety and comfort.

There is inside cushioned seating and male/female and wheelchair wc’s and a bar/shop.on board.  The ship is a catamaran which means it has two hulls that provides

an extremely stable platform for viewing

and picture-taking.

Dolphins are curious, playful, unpredictable

animals, whose charming antics are bound to amaze and delight.  They are inquisitive

animals that frequently approach boats and bowride.

Phone:        (+) 353 65 9051327

Fax:            (+) 353  65 9051327

Website:      www.discoverdolphins.ie

Contact:     Geraldine Cahill

                     Scattery Island Ferries, Ltd.

                     Cappa Upper

                     Kilrush, County Clare


Email:          info@discoverdolphins.ie

Prices 2008 Season:

adult                22 euros

children           10 euros

school tours      9 euros

groups of

20 or more       10% discount

Prior booking is advisable at least one

day prior to your intended trip

Bookings for school, corporate, and

group tours are taken from January

Sailing Times:

April        subject to demand, call for details

May         subject to demand, call for details

June         2 sailings, morning and afternoon

July          3 sailings, 1 morning, 2 afternoon

August     3 sailings, 1 morning, 2 afternoon

Sept.        subject to demand, call for details

Oct.         subject to demand, call for details

During peak  season, demand for the trips

is very high and the booking line may be busy.  Please be patient and your call will

be answered.

Typical sailing times during this period

are 11:15 a.m., 2:15 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.

All sailings are weather-permitting and

subject to minimum numbers.

Sailing times may change at short notice

to facilitate extra sailings or because of

tidal conditions.  Sailing times will be

confirmed at time of booking.


-Failte Ireland

-National Parks and Wildlife Service

  Accredited Operator

-Dolphin Gateway Committee Member

-SDWF Committee Member

-Mid West Tourism Learning

Network Member

Dolphin Discovery is dedicated to the

protection of the Shannon Dolphins and

their habitat and works closely with Dr.

Simon Berrow, Project Manager for the

Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation,

to ensure that the trips are carried out in a

dolphin-friendly manner.

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