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Ireland Angling Show We were delighted with the good attendance at the Ireland Angling Show Swords Exhibition show this year. Our skippers from the North West Charter Skippers Association, were there in numbers are delighted to meet old and new friends. We had plenty of enquiries for Deep Sea Angling and for sightseeing trips along the Wild […]

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Ireland Angling Show Swords

 
Boat Charters Sea Angling Whale and Dolphin Watch

Activities


Sea Angling

Whale & Dolphin Watch

Seal & Bird Watching

Sight Seeing

Dive Charters

 

  • Slieve League (Highest sea cliffs in Europe)
  • Innismurray Monastic settlement
  • Muckross head
  • Spanish armada wrecks
  • Beautiful beach of the silver strand
  • Basking Sharks
  • Sun fish
  • Anicent Historic settlements
  • Flight of the earls base - Rathmullan

 

 Sea Angling

The waters surrounding the coast of Donegal flourish with over thirty different species of fish. Cod, Ling, Pollack, Mackerel, Coalfish, Haddock, Halibut, Wrasse, Conger, Rays, Blue Shark, and the occasional Porbeagle, are just some of the many species caught.
 
We are indeed fortunate to have such a diverse range of species available to us. Some 30+ species are to be had from literally minutes of the Harbour to 30 miles out.
 
We offer angling charters for Cod, Pollack, Ling, Conger, Brill, Turbot, Blue Sharks and now even Bluefin Tuna - the first Bluefin Tuna ever taken on rod and line in Irish waters was caught aboard the MV Suzanne (Brian McGilloway’s former boat) off the coast of Donegal.

Again off the Donegal Coast a record fish a Bluefin Tuna of almost 1000Lbs has been caught by Adrian Malloy, a fellow Skipper. The average runs at around 600Lbs. There are few places in the world (only the east coast of the USA and West Coast of Ireland) where you can battle with these giants.

 

Whale & Dolphin Watch.

There are 24 species of whales and Dolphins known in these waters. We have been keeping their company on a regular basis for many years.
We encounter Minke Whale, Common Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, and Harbour Porpoise, Basking Shark, and Sunfish on a regular bases in Donegal Bay. Dolphins in the right conditions the will play around the boat. Common Dolphin and Bottlenose Dolphins are often found in large, socially active groups and are often seen, bow-riding, surfing, lob tailing and breaching. They can leap several metres out of the water. Bottlenose, like many other whales and dolphins, are social animals. They tend to live in family groups called 'schools'. these Schools can contain anything from just two or three dolphins to over fifty.

 

Seal & Bird Watching

We share the area with a large colonies of Seals that can be observed up close. The numbers consists mainly of Harbour Seals with Grey Seals often seen on the rocks and in the sea caves of west Donegal.
The area is also home to large numbers of Duck, Curlew, Oyster Catcher, Heron, Cormorant, Dunlin and Swan.
We can observe the vast Seabird colonies of Slieve League(the highest seacliffs in Europe), Rathlin O'Byrne Island, and Innismurry (7th centuary monastic settlement).
Most visible are Gannets, Guillemots, Cormorant, Great Black-Backed Gulls, Puffins and Kittywakes.

 

Sight Seeing

We offer sightseeing trips all along the spectacular coast and scenery from Inishowen Head to Malin head in the North past Fanad head lighthouse, Tory Island and on to Aran More Island around Rathlin O’Birne to Inismurray in the South.Visiting the Islands of Donegal and Sligo is a great day out and an ideal way to celebrate any occasion.

Visit the Donegal islands of Owey, Rutland, Inishfree, Gola, Arranmore,Tory, Rathlin O'Beirne Island and monastic Island of Inismurray off the Sligo coast where you can get away from the routine of everyday life and experience a place where time stands still and where an old Irish culture and way of life survives to this day.

 

You will visit the site of "The Flight of the Earls" Dunree, Fanad head lighthouse,

Sail past Sliabh Liag, the highest sea cliffs in Europe, standing almost 600 metres.

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Dive Charters

 
The clear waters of the northeast Atlantic abound in sealife and the coast of Donegal is home to a vast number of species. The Diving is varied with everything from Sea-Caves, Reefs, Bulligs, Sea Stacks, Gullies and Drop-Offs to Fast Drift-Dives over Sand, Limestone Slab, Boulder, Pebble Waves and scoured channels or relaxed low energy sites with Sea-Grass Colonies and Kelp Forest. 
Abundant with all kinds of marine life, conger eels, lobsters, crabs, crawfish and the beautifully coloured cuckoo wrasse.
The water is crystal clear and shoals of Mackerel and Pollack pass by.

It has some magnificent dive both deep and shallow. We offer a total service with deep diving (Nitrox.) on both wreck and reef.

 

 

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