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Ireland - Whale and Dolphin Watching


Jul 16th, 2012, 05:02 AM
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Ireland - Whale and Dolphin Watching

We are planning a trip to Ireland in August and would like to book a whale and dolphin watching trip. Any suggestions on where to go from? specific operators to use? I am familiar with Fungie, the Dingle Dolphin and I have decided to pass on that excursion because we hope to see both whales and pairs/pods of dolphins, not just a single dolphin. We have children ages 8 and 11. We will have our own car and our current route takes us mostly along the outside parts of the country, first along the north coast (Giant's Causeway area, over to and down the west coast, then the southern areas and finally up the east coast. So, we could do it in any part of the country. We are hoping to devote 1/2 a day (or less) to this activity. Time and quality are more important than budget. Whale Watch West Cork looks good to me, if you have used them, could you give me your feedback?

Also, a more general question pertaining to the whole of our trip. I have read that driving in Ireland is slow-going. If I use maps.google.com, will it give me pretty accurate drive times? If you have any experience comparing Google Maps drive times to actual drive times, how much time should I add to the times that Google gives me? 10%? 25%? 100%? more?

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Jul 16th, 2012, 05:11 AM
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add 30% to google
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Jul 16th, 2012, 05:51 AM
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Starting with Google maps. The Times are generated buy the speed restrictions on the roads used. They take no account of any delays, road junctions, or roads where the speed limit is the maximum allowed not something to be attempted as a "dare".

Add 15% to M and N roads and 20% to R (50% to L)roads.

Dolphins and Whales, Sites you probably have



Take a trip to Scattery Island from Kilrush in Clare


The Loop head peninsular in Clare is a better option than Moher and is the location of the last 2 links.

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Jul 23rd, 2012, 05:14 AM
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Thanks for the advice. Have decided to go to Kilrush to do the dolphin watching and not worry about seeing whales. It seems it is better in Sept and Oct for whale watching - from Clare at least.

We will also be in Galway and would like to go to a beach if it's a nice day and/or take the kids fishing. Any suggestions of best beaches in/near Kilrush or Galway. Can you rent fishing gear in one of these locations?
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