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
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Cow rock as seen from the Bull Rock

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Total Duration 1 hour and 30 Minutes

For info, you can contact us: 0868989999

We hope you can join us for an unforgettable experience.

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Dursey Boat Trips Covid 19 Latest news

Due to Covid-19 we are currently closed for business

IMPORTANT Covid-19 INFORMATION

Individuals need to take personal responsibility to avoid the spread of Covid 19 virus. Please do not take our boat trip if you or any of your family members feel unwell.

Hand sanitiser will be available at the pier on arrival and prior to boarding.

Social Distancing must be adhered to both onboard and on the pier to protect our staff and other groups in the event of two trips departing at the same time. Please adhere to 2 metres social distance (as per HSE guidelines).

Customers are asked to maintain a good respiratory hygiene. Bins will be provided on the pier for used tissues etc and will be disposed of correctly (as per HSE guidelines).

Life jackets are supplied as standard to all customers and these, along with the boat, will be sanitised before and after each boat trip (as per HSE guidelines).

What to wear?

** All customers are required to wear warm, waterproof clothing as these are not provided. It will be cool once we depart the pier and there will be spray from the sea. Please apply sun cream protection if necessary. **

Payment and Cancellations Terms:

Price per boat (maximum 12 people) is €600 paid online or payment can be taken before boarding.

A refund/voucher or rescheduling will be executed if the trip needs to be cancelled for any of the following reasons – government guidelines changes, safety issues, weather reports or any unforeseen circumstances.

Duration of Trip is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Minimum age is 6 years old sitting between two adults.

Dursey Boat Trips reserve the right to cancel any trip due to government Covid 19 guidelines not adhered to, government guidelines changes, safety issues, weather reports or any unforeseen circumstances.

We will endeavor to cancel trips by 9pm the evening before scheduled trips.  However, in the event of unexpected change in sea conditions, trips could be cancelled with 2 hour notice.  

*** If you require a booking and availability looks full then please contact us on 086 8989999 in the event that we may have any cancellations. ***

 

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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.

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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.

Bull Rock
Bull Rock

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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