The Corrib Princess sails from Woodquay in the heart of Galway City to Lough Corrib, along the famous Steamers Line, which is the lake's traditional trade route. The journey takes passengers along the majestic River Corrib and onto the lake providing visitors with unsurpassed views of the historic monuments and natural amenities that make this the most spectacular waterway in Ireland. The Corrib Princess takes you past castles and various sites of both historical interest and natural beauty. There is an abundance of wild life and the Corrib has a peace and tranquillity all of its own.
Galway Bay Sea Safaris
A regular Galway Bay Safari is from 9am to 6pm. The Maigdean Mara or the Leaca Rua will pick up your party from the pier at Spiddal, County Galway. The two boats are yours for the day, though of course skippers Kevin and Max will advise you where the best fishing is to be found.
Galway Bay Sea Angling
Featuring the fastest boat in Galway Bay, the Whitewater 11 offering many different excursions with an emphasis on blue shark and tope fishing.
Killary Harbour, Ireland's only Fjord, is a nine mile long inlet which boasts some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland. Because of its' sheltered nature it has the calmest of waters. Once on board, guides will introduce the history of the area and the fjordal landscape which is unique to this part of Ireland. Seals, otters, wild goats and many species of seabirds can be observed in their natural habitat. Of particular interest are a local school of dolphins which can often be seen from the boat, providing a lively display.. You will also be able to observe the workings of a mussel farm and a salmon farm. The sea bus will stop at the salmon farm to give passengers the opportunity to watch the fish being fed.
Tarrea Queen Tours
Explore the natural beauty and hidden treasures of Galway's coastline by partaking in an Eco-Tour on board the "Tarrea Queen". Seal and porpoise watching provide an opportunity to see these magnificent creatures in their natural environment.
As the coastline along Galway Bay is home to one of the richest marine and plant life areas this country has to offer, this purpose built vessel is ideal for hire to the Marine Industry for diving and research purposes. "Tarrea Queen" has a purpose built diving platform with an oxygen bottle storage rack and is therefore ideal for dive survey works. It is also suitable for use by diving clubs or enthusiasts who wish to charter the vessel.
Tarrea Queen is also ideal for all fishing tours. The boat is able to reach the good fishing grounds in Galway Bay fast and in comfort ensuring that most of the day is spent fishing and not travelling.
Rusheen Bay Windsurfing
Rusheen Bay Windsurfing is one of Ireland's leading windsurfing schools, located just outside
Galway City on the main scenic route to Connemara. Rusheen Bay provides an ideal, safe, learning environment for beginners and a great flat-water venue for freestyle and blasting as you progress. They use the new Irish Sailing Association ‘Go! Windsurfing' teaching syllabus and the most up to date equipment to accelerate the learning process and promise that even complete beginners can expect to be windsurfing in less than 60 minutes!
During the summer, the lake, with its cool, clear water fed from underground springs is a popular venue with locals and visitors. The Long Point with its car parks, changing and toilet facilities is an excellent and safe place for swimming. An alternative site for younger children is the shallow sandy area at Coorheen. Because of its size, the lake is an excellent stretch of water for sailboarding and canoeing.
Boats can be hired by the day and offer an ideal opportunity to explore the lake's man-made islands, the prehistoric crannogs.
Loughrea Lake is an anglers dream. Stocked by the Loughrea Angling Association, it is well supplied with trout, perch and pike. Boats are available for hire and a fishing permit is also available for a modest fee. Other rivers around Loughrea include the Duniry river, near Dalystown, which yields good trout. The Bullaun river, north of Loughrea, contains plenty of brown trout and occasionally salmon. The Kilcolgan river, which runs from Kiltulla through Craughwell and enters Galway Bay at Kilcolgan has excellent fishing. Loughrea lake is just 20 minutes drive from Raheen Woods Hotel.