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

Scattery Island

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

Dolphin Discovery

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Dolphin Discovery are the longest established marine tourism operator on the Shannon estuary, County Clare. With our experience of carrying visitors onto the estuary going back over thirty years, you know you are in safe hands sailing with us.

We only employ experienced skippers and crew, indeed the owner of the Company has over 30 years experience as a Shannon Pilot, handling the largest ships that have ever arrived at these shores. All our skippers are locals and have a wealth of knowledge of the locality and the dolphins and are eager to share it with you or answer any of your questions.

Dolphin Discovery, Kilrush, Co. Clare
Saoirse Na Sionna -First Dolphin Friendly Flag

Dolphin  Discovery was purpose built for dolphin watching on the Shannon in 2000, she holds a class VI Passenger Ship Licence from the Dept of the Marine and carries a full compliment of safety and electronic navigation equipment.  She has been designed to provide maximum safety and comfort for her passengers and her all round viewing area will make it easier for you to see, photo or video the dolphins.

The safety, comfort, and enjoyment of our passengers has always been our number one priority.

Gerald Griffin owner 'Dolphin Discovery' being presented with the first Dolphin Friendly Flag by Dr Simon Berrow and Minister Sile DeValera

Why sail with Dolphin Discovery?

  • 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.

Kilrush, Co. Clare is an ideal location to take a dolphin watching trip from, the town is situated at the edge of the estuary and as the sailings depart from the marina getting on and off boats is safe and easy, even for those with limited mobility or whose sea legs aren’t great.  The town’s position mid-way between the sites the dolphins are most frequently observed offers you a unique opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

So why not visit us in Kilrush, The Gateway to the Shannon Dolphins, where a warm welcome awaits you onboard Dolphin Discovery.
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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 Email:info@discoverdolphins.ie