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Welcome to Dolphin Discovery

About the Area
About the Area
From Breath taking scenery and bustling villages, County Clare has it all. The Cliffs of Moher are among the most iconic sights in Ireland.

Scattery Island

Dolphin Discovery, scattery Island, Co. Clare
Lying at the mouth of the River Shannon, Scattery Island or Inis Cathaigh is one of west Clare’s best kept secrets.

Dolphin Discovery


On the western seaboard of Ireland there are places where the distinction between land and sea is blurred. The west Clare peninsula in County Clare, guarding the northern shore of the Shannon estuary is one such place. The Shannon estuary is home to Ireland’s only resident group of bottlenose dolphins. Over 100 dolphins have been identified using the estuary at different times; calves are born each year and are usually encountered in the groups we observe..

The Cruise

Your cruise will depart from the Kilrush marina on board our vessel “Dolphin Discovery”, going out through the lock gates, the only lock on the lower Shannon and onto the estuary to observe these exuberant creatures in their natural habitat. The trip takes about 2 hours, while we do our very best to find dolphins, however, please bear in mind they are wild animals and although we have a very high success rate of encountering dolphins (over 98%) it is not guaranteed on every trip.

New Dolphin Discovery Boat

Where better to spend some time with these magnificent creatures than in the beautiful West of Ireland, so why not join us on board “Dolphin Discovery” for an unforgettable encounter with the Shannon Dolphins.

Dolphin Discovery

See photo's taken on our cruise

Failte Ireland
National Parks and Wildlife Service Accredited Operator
Dolphin Gateway Committee Member
SDWF Committee Member

Clare Live The Life
Dolphin Gateway
Committee Member
Dolphin Discovery, Kilrush, Co. Clare, Ireland.
Tel: +353 65 9051327