What's nearby

What's nearby
Colin Barnes of Cork Whale Watch is a well established whale watching operator in Ireland and has been enthralling whale watchers in West Cork since 2001. Colin has been monitoring whales along the Cork coast in a career spanning over 40 years.

Skipper Colin Barnes has years of experience fishing and mapping the seabed off West Cork. He specialises in close encounters with whales and dolphins in these waters. Fin, humpback and minke whales are encountered along with common dolphins, bottlenose and risso dolphins, seals and a variety of sea birds.

Cork Whale Watch trips depart from Reen Pier which is 4km from Union Hall village, West Cork. The whale watching vessel, the Holly Jo, is licenced and insured for 12 passengers, has a spacious deck with ample outside seating, an enclosed cabin with upholstered seating and a small galley for making tea and coffee. Advance booking is essential in peak season. Trips are suitable for all ages and no sea going experience is required. All voyages are subject to reasonable weather conditions.

Tips from locals

Watch out for the famous one lane Poulgorm Bridge, used as the set location for War Of The Buttons on the road between Glandore and Union Hall.

Family friendly
Free car parking
Pre-booking essential
mapGet directions on Google Maps
Contact details
Reen Pier, Keelbeg, The League, Unionhall, Co. Cork, Ireland
Mail Icon SVG
Mail Icon SVGTravel inspiration to your inbox?

Subscribe now to receive destination inspiration, travel tips, upcoming events and all the best things to do around Ireland!

Sign me up
Newsletter signup