Dursey Boat Trips

Embrace the wild beauty of the Beara Peninsula in County Cork for an unforgettable and unique adventure on board a sea safari boat trip. In the easy company of passionate local guides, begin at Garnish Pier just 22 kilometres west of Ireland’s largest whitefish port, Castletownbere.

From this moment, scene after scene unfolds like a picture book as you journey onward through the experience of a lifetime past islands, inlets and coves toward Bull, Cow and Calf Rocks that have been shaped by the sea with distinctive natural arches. Feel your heart soar within the raw splendour of this natural landscape while spotting bird and wildlife from gannets and dolphins to whales and seals.

Learn histories, stories and folklore from Gaelic Chieftains and Vikings to courageous lighthouse keepers and how the Bull Rock was once considered the path to the underworld. View Dursey Island, home to Ireland’s only cable car, where so many of its inhabitants departed due to the Great Famine.

The tunnel passing through the Bull Rock

Key Highlights on Dursey Boat Trip sea safari includes:

  • Scenery spectacular views of the rugged coastline taking in Dursey Cable Car, Dursey Island, Cow, Calf and Bull Rocks views of The Skelligs.
  • History see for yourself how life was like as a lighthouse keeper and hear about the great storm of 1881.
  • Live Commentary your guides, passionate in what they do, will pass on their wealth of local knowledge. 
  • Bird life & Wildlife whales, dolphins, basking sharks, seals and otters and a dazzling array of sea birds can be spotted foraging in these rich feeding grounds.
  • Gannet Colony the Bull Rock is home to one of the largest Gannet colonies in Ireland.
  • Photo opportunities wonderful backdrop for striking photos – memorable experiences sunset tours
Dursey Boat Trips
Cow rock as seen from the Bull Rock

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Total Duration 1 hour and 30 Minutes

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We hope you can join us for an unforgettable experience.

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We have two new boats for 2021, Dursey Navigator and Dursey Voyager, both equipped with the latest in navigation, communication and safety features.

Dursey Boat Trips
Paul and Jason

We will leave from the scenic Garnish Pier, once the centre of a thriving mackerel industry with 100 fishermen plying their trade from traditional fishing boats.  (Please note that Garnish Pier is situated 22 kilometres west of Castletownbere and NOT the pier for Garish Island at Glengarriff.)

Bull Rock
Bull Rock
Bull Rock Tunnel

With the Skelligs visible in the distance, we pass the dramatic island of Dursey, home of Ireland’s only cable car and learn of its long history including its use as a Viking slave base, the misfortunes of its Gaelic Chieftains and the mass slaughter of the islanders who were thrown into the sea by rampaging  English soldiers in 1602.

Cow Rock

As we steam out towards the Bull Rock watch out for a wide range of whales, dolphins, basking sharks, seals and otters and a dazzling array of seabirds which forage in these rich feeding grounds.

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Bull Rock Tunnel

The dramatic and wave battered Bull and Cow Rocks with their distinctive natural  arches, one of which we will travel through if weather permits,  are absolutely unique. Once considered the path to the underworld the Bull Rock (Tigh Doinn) is home to a colony of noisy gannets and your guides will give information into  the lives and the strength and courage of the men who manned its isolated lighthouse from 1889 to 1991.

The Boat and the Calf Rock


On the Calf Rock, third rock of the trio, view the remains of an older lighthouse, which was destroyed by a great storm in 1881 and relive the dramatic rescue of its crew cowering in its broken base.



Returning to port, there is a chance to see the southern side of Dursey Island, steeped in history and still actively farmed, and to recall the destruction wrought by The Great Famine and subsequently by mass emigration.

Please Note: 

This trip is not recommended for travellers with back problems, heart problems or other serious medical conditions.  Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.

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