Scenic Shannon River Cruise

Quick Details

  • Available on selected dates only
  • Two-hour cruise
  • Includes exiting marina through Locke gates, cruise through the islands and across the Shannon towards Carrig Island, and artillery battery
  • Onboard audio tour about Scattery and the Shannon Estuary

Scenic Shannon River Cruise Itinerary

  • Tea/coffee/snacks available on the ferry (onboard catering available for group bookings)
  • Onboard toilet facilities available
  • Shannon car Ferries  from Tarbert to Killimer or Killimer to Tarbert offers a 10% discount when booking on line for your Shannon car Ferries ticket.

Our Scenic Shannon River Eco Cruise is ideal for visitors with limited time and those wishing to enjoy views of Scattery and the Shannon Estuary from the comfort of the ferry. This tour last approximately two hours. The estuary has much to offer, including a variety of birds and wildlife. You may even get lucky and spot a dolphin as we travel!

Your tour begins at Kilrush Marina. Enjoy the experience of the Marina’s Locke gates as we exit into the sheltered waters of the Shannon Estuary. After departing the gates, we first cruise past the smaller of our two islands, Hog Island, then onto Scattery Island, where you can enjoy an audio tour on the history of this significant little island.

We then cruise along the shoreline of the island from the northern to the southern end, past the old cottages where you can also see the island’s famous round tower. At the southern end, we pause to show you the Napoleonic artillery battery and lighthouse. Then we cruise across the Shannon Estuary to Carrig Island, where you can see the second of the six Napoleonic artillery batteries located within the Shannon Estuary.

We continue to cruise the Kerry coast and cross back again to the Clare side by Moneypoint, then return to Kilrush via the picturesque village of Cappa.