County Cork Water activities

Our most recommended County Cork Water activities

County Cork: Whale & Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

1. County Cork: Whale & Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

Enjoy seascapes and the rugged Irish coastline as you cruise through the water spotting marine animals on this adventurous boat excursion. Catch sight of sunfish and even basking sharks with the help of a local skipper. Set off from the North Pier of Baltimore and head out to see offshore islands and marine wildlife. Walk around the deck for a panoramic experience. Sit to watch the wildlife in comfort and shield yourself from the wind when it's cooler. Learn about the wildlife from your expert guide.

Killarney: Guided Boat Tour to Innisfallen Island

2. Killarney: Guided Boat Tour to Innisfallen Island

Boats depart from Reen Pier (near Ross Castle) in our red and black traditional boats. Enjoy a 10 minute boat ride out to Innisfallen island, you will then explore the island for 30-45 mins. Your guide will educate you about the history of the Island and the wildlife that inhabit the island. The boat will then travel back to Reen Pier. Innisfallen is home to the ruins of Innisfallen Abbey, one of the most impressive archaeological remains dating from the early Christian period found in the Killarney National Park. The monastery was founded in 640 by Saint Finan the Leper and was occupied for approximately 950 years. Over a period of about 300 of these, the monks wrote the Annals of Innisfallen, which chronicle the early history of Ireland as it was known to the monks. The island is also home to a heard of Sika Deer, explore the 21 acre island and if your lucky you might spot these beautiful animals.

Lakes of Killarney: Boat Cruise

3. Lakes of Killarney: Boat Cruise

Discover the lakes of Killarney on this scenic cruise. Enjoy a voyage to Lough Léin with panoramic views of the lakes, islands, and castles of Killarney National Park. Relax as you watch the sights pass by from your modern, heated, glass-covered boat, guided by your local captain and guide. Depart from 15th-century Ross Castle, as you make your way past some of Killarney's most famous landmarks. Drift past the ruins of St. Finian’s 6th-century monastery on Innisfallen Island. Continue to the foot of the MacGillycuddy Reeks to view Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil. Pass Ross Island as your captain points out the flora of the area, including the ancient oak and yew forests and learn about the unique ecosystem of the area.

Killarney: Combination Jaunting Car & Lake Cruise Tour

4. Killarney: Combination Jaunting Car & Lake Cruise Tour

Experience the most beautiful part of Ireland in the most memorable way. See the Killarney National Parklands and the famous Lakes of Killarney on a jaunting car, combined with a lake cruise and live commentary. Jump aboard a traditional jaunting car and ramble through the Killarney National Park and Ross Castle with the local jarvey. Discover the history and folklore of the area and bump into the odd leprechaun if you're lucky. Continue through Killarney’s deer park and admire the majestic Irish red deer and Sika deer graze before arriving at the wonderfully restored 15th century Ross Castle. Take a cruise on Killarney’s largest and most picturesque lake, Lough Léin in the comfort of a covered, heated, and modern vessel. Drift through the islands and take in the natural beauty of your surroundings. With live commentary from your captain, hear about the heritage of local attractions, including O’Sullivan’s Cascade and the monastic ruins of Innisfallen Island, Bricin Bridge, and the copper mines.  

Baltimore Harbor: Sunset Cruise to Fastnet Rock Lighthouse

5. Baltimore Harbor: Sunset Cruise to Fastnet Rock Lighthouse

Embark on a cruise to the Fastnet Rock lighthouse from Baltimore Harbor. Pass by Sherkin island and circumnavigate the Fastnet Rock. Look for local marine life as you venture into the open ocean aboard the Wave Chieftain, a fully licensed vessel.  Meet at Baltimore pier for a short safety briefing prior to your departure. Venture out of the harbor and snap pictures of the white-painted Baltimore Beacon. Journey along the southwest coast passing Sherkin island and the remains of the Franciscan Friary of Sherkin Abbey.  Sail by Gascanane Sound and Cape Clear as you keep a lookout for whales, dolphins, seals, and aquatic birds. Go around Fastnet Lighthouse and get pictures from every angle. Return to your starting point at Baltimore pier. 

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What people are saying about County Cork

Amazing tour. BOB was awesome. He gave a great tour to the island by boat and maneuvered well. Was very accommodating when the dock was fully immersed in the water. Even though it was not a guided tour Bob gave us a few insights and was informative. Highly recommend.

Great outing Jerry our Captain went the extra mile to give us the best chances of spotting wildlife. Tranquil experience out in the open sea in Safe hands.

Beautiful scenery and knowledge guides. Not too long for those that want to do other activities or do explore the park on their own.

The crew were knowledgeable and friendly and provided interesting information.

Fabulous trip on the Wave Chieftan to see whales and dolphins