The Bottom Line
- Leisurely cruise on Ireland's only fjord in a modern catamaran.
- Stunning views of the landscape.
- Dolphin encounters possible.
- Catering not very efficient for larger crowds.
- Explore Ireland's only fjord from the comfort of a modern catamaran.
- Round trip provides stunning views and (with luck) opportunity to see wild dolphins.
- Food and drink available on board - but a wait may be required.
Guide Review - Killary Cruises
Unless you are in a hurry and just passing through, you should really take some time out to enjoy the trip down Killary Harbor to the Atlantic. Passing stunning mountainsides with steep slopes, small villages all nearly inaccessible by road and huge salmon farms you will get a completely fresh picture of this area. Certainly a better picture than from the shore.
The boat trip ends at the Atlantic, small islands are dotting the water here. And with a little bit of luck you will see dolphins in the area. This cannot, however, be guaranteed - the trips are not advertised as "dolphin watching". What you are certain to find is a rugged, yet peaceful, largely unspoilt landscape. You may even spot a small youth hostel right next to the water on the southern shore - this once was the home of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.
What I had to be a bit philosophical about when taking the trip was the catering. I enjoyed the food, but the time it took to arrive was certainly too long. The facilities seem to be very stretched when the boat is filled with crowds willing to order - it might be a good idea to bring your own snack or defer lunch to after the trip.