Visiting Kilrush

Dolphin, Bird and Seal Watching in Kilrush, Ireland

Dolphin watching in Kilrush is one of the most wonderful experiences Ireland has to offer. Situated in the West Clare Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean, Kilrush is the ideal place to catch a glimpse of the dolphins. If you take any of the two-hour dolphin watching boat trips from Carrigaholt or Kilrush, you will have the perfect opportunity to see the bottlenose dolphins interacting with each other in their natural habitat. This dolphin specie can only be seen in Ireland and they are the largest groups of dolphins accessible in Europe. Normally you have this kind of trips on days from April to October, however, if you are visiting Kilrush in the off season, you can ask for a boat trip on demand. The ships used to organize these daily trips are usually equipped with an underwater microphone that will let you hear the sounds the dolphins make when the weather conditions allow it. At the same time, you will have a qualified marine biologist guide tour on board that will answer all your questions regarding these magnificent mammals. Besides the dolphins, the Shannon Estuary is also the home of a variety of seabird species such as the cormorants, fulmars, peregrines, guillemots and ravens. If you are sailing into the estuary after a storm, you will have a high chance of also seeing the shy grey seals.

Getting to Kilrush

Kilrush is in County Clare. You can reach it on a fairly quick and easy drive along the N67 from Ennis if you are driving from inland, or from Liscanoor or Kilkee, if you are approaching Kilrush from further up the west coast.

Moving on from Kilrush

If you visit Kilrush during a driving tour of Ireland, there are several places you could drive to next. Once you have had time to sample a bit of dolphin watching, you may well be in love with this particular stretch of coastline, and want to see more. IN which case, simply take the N67 towards Kilkee and see where it takes you. For sure, you will see more spectacular coastline, as well as some lovely villages along the way. Or if you are heading inland, Ennis is an easy hop from Kilrush, and then east on to either Shannon and Limerick, or head north to Galway.

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