[ Date: February 21, 2018 06:49 am ]
There is no better way to see the magnificence of the West Coast of Ireland than a boat trip, whether it be through the Islands of Clew Bay or through the only Fjord in Ireland. Here are a few operators who can take you on one of those magical trips.
VISIT ONE OF THE ISLANDS ON THE WEST COAST
Clare Island –
Why not drive out to Roonagh Pier and take a ferry out to Clare Island to visit the alleged resting place of the great 16th Century pirate Grace O’Malley or just take a stroll around the island or bring a picnic and relax on the beach. Find out more at www.clareisland.info
Ferries to Clare Island:
Clare Island Ferry Company – Phone: 098 23737 http://www.clareislandferry.com/
O’Malley Ferries – Phone: 098 25045 OR 086 8870814 www.omalleyferries.com
Achill Island –
There is no need to take a boat trip if you want to visit the picturesque Achill Island just hop in the car and drive as there has been a bridge connecting Achill to the mainland for over 150 years. Once there soak in the beautiful countryside and the breathtaking beaches. Find out more about Achill at www.achilltourism.com
Clew Bay Cruises – Discount for this cruise is available at reception
This cruise lasts just over 90 minutes through the Islands of Clew Bay (365 – one for every day of the year). Enjoy live on board commentary and hot drinks and snacks in this all weather enclosed vessel that has an indoor lounge and toilets on board. You will see:
The Inisgort Lighthouse
Dornish Island – which was once owned by John Lennon
Wildlife such as seals, otters, dolphins and a wide variety of sea birds
Contact them on: 087 6066146
Or visit their website at http://www.clewbaycruises.com/
Killary Cruises – Discounted tickets available at reception
Join this 90 minute cruise of the spectacular Killary – Ireland’s only fjord. During the 90 minute tour you can listen to a history of the area, enjoy a light lunch or an Irish Coffee in the cafe/bar, or simply go out on deck and watch the mountains, the sea and the sky. If you are lucky, a pod of dolphins may come to join you for a time!
The ship is pushchair and wheelchair accessible and its unique design ensures no sea-sickness (money back guarantee!). The tour is very enjoyable for young and old alike.
The 90 minute tour with commentary runs several times per day and the occasional evening cruises with live music are truly unforgettable.
Contact them on: 091 566736
Or visit their website at http://killarycruises.com/
Corrib Cruises depart from Ashford Castle in Cong which is about an hour from The Harbour Mill. The cruises they offer cater to anyone with an interest in not just the scenery but the culture and history of the West Coast.
This cruise departs Ashford Castle Pier, Cong, daily at 2.45pm, boarding is at 2.30pm. Passengers who are not staying at Ashford Castle Hotel and do not want to pay to enter the grounds of Ashford Castle can catch this same cruise at Lisloughery Pier, Cong which is a public pier at 3.00pm, boarding at 2.45pm.
The cruise lasts 2 hours, included is a stop at Inchagoill Island, the boat arrives at Inchagoill at approx. 3.30pm for a 40 minute visit. While on the island passengers are taken on a guided tour of St. Patrick’s 5th Century Monastic site. Historic points of interest include:
St Patrick’s Church (5th Century)
The stone of Lugna (470AD: Gravestone of St. Patricks navigator)
The Church of the Saints (Built in 1180AD by the Augustinian Monks of Cong)
The burial tomb of Muirgeas O’Nioc (Archbishop of Tuam in 1128AD)
This cruise operates through June, July, August and September
Each morning you can join a cruise from Ashford Castle in the company of local historian and boat captain Patrick Luskin. He will take you on a fascinating journey through time; he has a vast knowledge of the area. The cruise lasts approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes.
This cruise operates out of Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo every day of the year except Christmas day, St Stephen’s day and New Years day.
Contact them on: 091 557798
Or visit their website at http://www.corribcruises.com/