KILLARY FJORD BOAT TOURS
If you are looking for a unique and memorable way to explore the stunning scenery of Connemara, you should consider taking a cruise with Killary Fjord Boat Tours. They offer a wonderful 90-minute sightseeing tour on board the Connemara Lady, a luxury catamaran boat that can accommodate up to 150 passengers. You will experience the beauty and history of Killary Harbour, one of only 3 glacial fjord’s in Ireland, which stretches 16 kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean to the village of Leenane.
Killary Fjord Boat Tours operates daily from March to October, with several departures from Nancy’s Point, a short drive from Leenane. You can book your tickets online or at the ticket office on site. The cruise is suitable for all ages and abilities, as the boat is wheelchair accessible and has a toilet and baby changing facilities on board. Pets are also welcome on the outside decks.
As you sail along the fjord, you will enjoy uninterrupted views of the mountains that rise steeply from the water’s edge, such as the Twelve Bens, the Maumturks and Mweelrea. You will also learn about the natural and social history of the area from the informative commentary provided by the friendly crew. You will see how the fjord supports various forms of aquaculture, such as mussel ropes and salmon farms, and how the land is used for sheep farming and producing Connemara lamb. You will also hear stories and legends about the local people and places, such as Big Ned Joyce, a notorious smuggler who lived on a small island in the fjord, or Diarmuid O’Duibhne, a mythical hero who was buried near the mouth of the fjord.
One of the highlights of the cruise is the chance to spot some of the wildlife that inhabits the fjord and its surroundings. You may see seals basking on the rocks, otters playing in the water, or a variety of birds such as herons, gulls and cormorants. If you are lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the dolphins that sometimes visit the fjord and swim alongside the boat.
During the cruise, you can also relax and enjoy some refreshments from the onboard café and bar. You can choose from a range of delicious dishes made with fresh local seafood, such as smoked salmon sandwiches or mussels in white wine sauce. You can also treat yourself to some desserts, such as apple pie or carrot cake, or sip a hot drink, such as tea, coffee or hot chocolate. The bar offers a selection of alcoholic beverages, including draught Guinness and local craft beers.
So, if you are looking for a relaxing way to discover the beauty of Connemara, from the sea, Killary Fjord Boat Tours is a must! Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of Ireland’s most spectacular natural wonders and learn about its rich culture and heritage.
Nancy’s Point, Leenane, Co. Galway, Ireland
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