Blue whale sightings off irelands south west coast via the iwdg sightings database but sightings of blue whales in irish waters are on the increase. All whale species seen in this part of ireland range over an area between cape clear and the old head of kinsale but may frequently be seen. The best time to go whale watching in ire land is spring and summer. Coronavirus ireland updates live as leo varadkar confirms. Whales world wide is the overseas whale and dolphin watching arm of whale watch west cork. Whales worldwide unique whale and dolphin encounters. Four porcupines in the north east atlantic and a dolphins barn in dublin. The boat voyager leaves baltimore harbour daily at 9. Wild ireland best season time place to watch whales in.
Since that time according to the irish whale and dolphin group, 25 species have been recorded, ranging in size from the small harbour porpoise to the giant fin whale. The autumn months off west cork are some of the best for whale watching with minke whales and common dolphins being regular sightings. At the last moment they swept under the hull and resurfaced on the port side. These oftenspotted species range in size from the small harbour porpoise to the planets second largest animal, the glorious giant fin whale. Please consult government travel advisories before. Cheap summer holidays to ireland last minute summer holidays to ireland we can take you there with westjet vacations, booking a vacation package is simple and straightforward which means you could be landing in ireland and soaking up the guinness brewery, st. Patricks cathedral and the annual wexford opera festival is only a few clicks away. Five stranded cuviers beaked whales have been reported in ireland over the last week. Whale watching trips ireland whale watching day trips. The winter schedule runs from 01 november to 31 march.
Some of the finest whale and dolphin watching encounters around the globe occur in some of the remotest and most difficult to access locations whales worldwide specialise in getting you to those difficult to get to destinations. Back in 1991, irelands biologically diverse waters were declared a whale and dolphin sanctuary, the first of its kind in europe. This shows the potential we have in ireland for a whalewatching industry. The tour is informal and casual with experienced skipper and crew and wildlife guide on board. Cheap christmas holidays to ireland last minute christmas holidays to ireland enjoy a better vacation experience with westjet vacations with westjet vacations, touching down in ireland and exploring such intriguing attractions as the guinness brewery, st. Lovely large 7 bedroom pembrokeshire manor house set in beautiful flowered grounds, contains many period features and farmhousestyle kitchen, ideal for a special family occasion or getaway with friends, this large petfriendly holiday house is situated close to the welsh coastline in the pembrokeshire coast. Irelands wild atlantic way, and in particular the rugged coastline of west cork, allows visitors the chance to experience the thrill of seeing local wildlife in a truly fabulous setting. This 5 bedroom county mayo holiday house with its fabulous seaside views and stunning interior definitely has the wow factor, with light, bright, airy and spacious rooms, this is a fabulous coastal irish holiday home for groups of up to 10 friends or family, discover some of the magic of ireland with a stay here. So whether you are over on the emerald isle for a holiday, or are enjoying a staycation this year.
Take a break from the wind and the rain with a quality cheap holiday from ireland. All our whale watching trips depart from reen pier which is 4 kilometres outside of union hall village, west cork. So whether you are over on the emerald isle for a holiday, or are enjoying a staycation this year, pencil in a whale watching tour in ireland. Nic slocum phd frgs whales worldwide have teamed up with whale watch west cork, irelands premier whale watch operator, to create an itinerary that will allow you to experience all that. It is a traditional celtic festival and a time to campaign for workers rights. There are 9 tours going to ireland, with the most popular time to go being august, which has the. Europe irish explorer 7 day ireland coach tours expat. That makes ireland one of the best whale watching destinations in europe. This 5 bedroom county mayo holiday house with its fabulous seaside views and stunning interior definitely has the wow factor, with light, bright, airy and spacious rooms, this is a fabulous coastal irish holiday home for groups of up to 10 friends or family, discover. Thanks to their epic migrations, phenomenally deep dives, great age and the virtual impossibility of keeping them in captivity there are still many mysteries surrounding these great mammals of the sea. Find your perfect 20202021 travel deal for your trip here.
It will be the highlight of your irish and west cork holiday experience. Whale watching off the coast of ireland mummypages. It has all the advantages mentioned above, plus users to your site can conveniently access it directly on your site. Wild ireland best season time place to watch whales in ireland. Patrick coyne filmed this amazing interaction with a pod of dolphins as they lit up the night. Over 20 species of whales and dolphins live in irish waters. A tour itinerary can be downloaded at the link to the left. But, nevertheless, the country has developed quite independently and has its own culture and language. Two blue whales cruise the waters 80100 nautical miles off ireland s south coast. Uk holidays family holidays in britain irish ferries. Cottages in ireland with a sea view holiday homes in. Whether you head up to the north, to the west or down south, you are sure to spot one of these fabulous mammals.
That is why ireland holidays are very different from english, although the influence of albion is still felt. The whale watching season in southwest ireland is long with a number of different species being seen from april through to december. In september 2008 ivan okelly photographed a blue whale the second confirmed irish blue whale sighting, and the first to be photographed in irish waters offshore off irelands south west. The best time to go whale watching in ireland is spring and summer. Cork whale watching is amazing and defo worth doing, colin our guide was brillant, we left the dock at 10am and arrived back at 2. Whale watching holidays for the independent traveller. Oct 08, 2005 west cork is now recognised as one of the best places in europe to go whale watching and you get the dolphins thrown in for free ian belcher sat 8 oct 2005 09.
We specialise in organising whale and dolphin holidays, taking small parties of dedicated whale and dolphin watchers to different parts of the world to experience first hand the special behaviour of whales and dolphins in their natural habitats. About whale watch west cork responsible tourism award winner whale watch west cork runs responsible whale and dolphin watching tours led by zoologist and conservationist dr nic slocum. The best whale watching in europe cetacean habitat. Patricks cathedral, the annual wexford opera festival sooner than you think. Best place in ireland to go on holidays west kerry, ireland s.
Dolphin and whale watching tour from dingle dingle town. Only three months after the irish whale and dolphin group proposal, an taoiseach. The irish air corps captured some phenomenal images last week when they encountered fin whales and two incredibly rare blue whales in irish waters near the continental shelf edge about 80100 nautical miles off ireland s south coast. So come and join us on board our fully insured and licensed owner operated boat radiance and see these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat. Get yourself a great holiday departing from cork, dublin or shannon.
There is unfortunately not much whale watching options in the likes of dublin or the east coast so your best option is to head west. Blasket princess captain whales galore best whale watching skipper in ireland the best time in ireland to watch whales, dolphins, puffins and basking shark april to september. Last week, members of the irish whale and dolphin group iwdg set sail west of kerry to deploy a soundtrap in an effort to record humpback. Whether your looking to tour the wild atlantic way, take in all the sites of irelands ancient east or book one of our many popular irish tours, including escorted coach tours or self drive tours, my holiday ireland offer the best. The territorial waters of the republic of ireland have been designated a whale and dolphin sanctuary since 1991. Frequently asked questions about whale watching in west cork.
The best place in ireland to watch whales, dolphins, puffins and basking shark west kerry blasket islands eco marine tours from ventry harbour log of whale watching tour boat m. It runs singles holidays on all the major cruise lines, including a seven night greek isles singles cruise on june 25th from venice on board the norwegian star, taking in ravenna and mykonos, from. In the 90s, the irish government banned any whale fishing activity declaring it a whale sanctua. Interesting post from iwdg this weekend re the high numbers of basking sharks. Whale watching is a dream holiday for many tourists thousands of tourists travel to british colombia on the west coast of canada annually to go whale watching. Beluga whale delphinapterus leucas this all white whale has sometimes visited from his home in the arctic. Whale watching off the coast of ireland you dont need to go to far flung locations to spot some whales, not when the coast of ireland is a bit of whale playground. The irish whale and dolphin group are holding a whale watching event on sunday, august 24th to celebrate national whale watch day. Have a weekend experience filled with whale and dolphin watching in west cork, irelands most popular whale and dolphin watch location. Whale watching in madeira is an activity which is truly unique, spectacular and fascinating. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to see dolphins or whales during your trip to sea. Frequently asked questions about whale watching in west. Baltimore west cork is a hot spot for several species of whales,dolphins,porpoise seals and shark.
Some of the worlds best whale and dolphin watching can be had from late summer right. All whale species seen in this part of ireland range over an area between cape clear and the old head of kinsale but may frequently be seen feeding in company and with common dolphins in attendance. Hotel for seven nights on a bed and breakfast basis. Such developments seemed some way off as the ferry chuged away from cape clears north harbour and another group of grinning whale watchers returned to the mainland, full. The whales and dolphins of southwest ireland tour destination. Mercury holidays provide awardwinning all inclusive holidays across 170 destinations worldwide. Jan 24, 2018 west coast of ireland adere manor bunratty castle cliffs of moher please like and subscribe. All are welcomed to enjoy one weekend of watching marine wildlife.
Irish whale and dolphin season west kerry ireland june. Holiday api services download or program with holidays. Ascobans help for cetaceans in the north and baltic seas. It comes after it was confirmed last night that fourteen more people tragically died from the coronavirus in the republic of ireland. Ireland can boast one of the least toxic terrains on the planet, at least for people. And 212 new confirmed cases of covid19 were also announced by. Out fifty yards, slowing and turning, a brief moment and then charged the boat again. Whale watching holiday to ireland whales worldwide. So come and join us on board our fully insured and licensed owner operated boat radiance and see these wonderful. This eight day holiday runs from saturday to saturday during october and november each year. Seabirds and whales an irish adventure 2020 yorkshire coast.
Dingle bay eco tours is a 4 hour boat tour of the blasket islands and dingle bay with the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, seals, basking shark in season, puffins and other marine wildlife and view the wonderful seascapes and landscapes off the west coast of ireland along the wild atlantic w. The summer schedule runs from 1 april to 30 october inclusive. Free cancellation on select hotels book your christmas island holiday today. Restrictions whale and dolphin weekend break in west cork experience has no restrictions. Dingle bay eco tours is a 4 hour boat tour of the blasket islands and dingle bay with the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, seals, basking shark in season, puffins and other marine wildlife and view the wonderful seascapes and landscapes off the west coast of ireland along the wild atlantic way. From clonakilty, leap or glandore direction, go into union hall village and drive through the main street until you reach a large church, st. In total, 25 different cetacean species have been recorded in irish waters, with large numbers of cetaceans making seasonal passages off the coastline, and a number of resident populations in coastal harbours and transitional. Back in 1991, ireland s biologically diverse waters were declared a whale and dolphin sanctuary, the first of its kind in europe. West cork is now recognised as one of the best places in europe to go whale watching and you get the dolphins. There are 9 tours going to ireland, with the most popular time to go being august, which has the most number of tour departures. Take a relaxing holiday touring the beautiful south west of ireland from a horse drawn jaunting car tour of the spectacular lakeland scenery of the killarney national park to the chance to explore the remarkable beauty and historic sights of the ring of kerry this region offers some of. The first monday of august is a public holiday in the republic of ireland. Bridgets on your left as you head away from village.
Enjoy wonderful wildlife and scenery in a beautiful part of ireland. All inclusive package holiday deals mercury holidays ireland. Restrictions whale and dolphin watching weekend has no restrictions. Whale watching trips ireland whale watching day trips ireland. Northern right whale eubalaena glacialis known as the right whale as it floated naturally after killing in the whaling days, migrates about 15 miles west of ireland in midjune scarce 10. Great lighthouses of ireland inishtearaght lighthouse 150 yrs 18702020.
Of the impressive 25 cetacean species that have been recorded in ireland, a hefty 17 have been seen along the wild atlantic way, with eight considered either common or occasional visitors. Please consult government travel advisories before booking. The tour includes two boat tripspelagics and a three night stay on the iconic and beautiful. Explore ireland and northern ireland on a week long tour filled with music, monuments and mystical locations.
When planning an ireland vacation or holiday youll find as a destination, ireland has plenty for everyone. Its primary spot, west cork is a habitat to over 12 cetacean species. The best place in ireland to watch whales, dolphins, basking. Whale watching is a dream holiday for many tourists. Britains favourite seaside holiday, create lifelong memories for the whole family. All tours depart from baltimore, harbour, west cork on board voyager daily between april and november sea conditions permitting. If you do not see any whales or dolphins, we will be unable to rebook you in. Whale watching in ireland is a growing tourism activity. Sep, 2012 the irish air corps captured some phenomenal images last week when they encountered fin whales and two incredibly rare blue whales in irish waters near the continental shelf edge about 80100 nautical miles off irelands south coast. On the surface, straight at the side of the boat from fifty yards away. Dolphin holidays whale watching in ireland irish whale. The irish whale and dolphin group are holding a whalewatching event on sunday, august 24th to celebrate national whale watch day. The irish whale and dolphin groups recently refurbished research vessel, charlie haugheys former yacht.
To limit the spread of the coronavirus, attractions may be closed or have partial closures. Booking an allinclusive holiday gives you the peace of mind that the holiday you book with us is all paid for before you leave, meaning that your spending is saved for enjoying your trip. There will be 20 landbased, guided whale watches open to the. The same result, at the last moment sweeping under the. However, if we are exposing ireland as a whalewatching hotspot, it will need careful management.747 1177 575 917 921 150 1340 1405 416 1050 120 608 933 699 617 916 928 756 561 786 703 826 402 276 515 1448 922 1378 886 1073 763 881 121 721 859 2 999 1298 1369 694 116 1475 955