Self-Drive Boat Tours
A Fun Outdoor Activity in West Cork
Join us for a 1hr boat tour in your self-drive boat on Bantry Bay and experience part of the Wild Atlantic Way from a totally different perspective. You will enjoy the breath-taking scenery and natural birdlife or wildlife that we encounter as we navigate around the bay – it’s not uncommon to spot dolphin and seals on our boat trips!
You will self-drive your easy to use boat in a follow-the-leader style tour and explore the majestic Wild Atlantic Way from the water, a truly unique experience.
Let everyone take turns at being the 'Captain' for the day and steer the boat, a firm favourite with children as a parent sits right beside them at the wheel.
All boat trips are led by a qualified guide in a separate safety boat, so you never have to worry about going in the wrong direction. We will navigate you around the bay, showing you points of interest, giving a brief history about the area while you soak up the atmosphere of beautiful Bantry Bay and the stunning scenery all around you.
Additional Tour Information
Our self-drive boat tour is 1hrs in duration and it departs from The Railway Pier, just a short walk from Bantry town centre.
All guests will be supplied with a lifejacket and given a full safety briefing on the use of the self-drive boat before we depart from the pontoon.
The boats are easy to use and drive, no experience is necessary. Each boat has a key switch, a steering wheel and they have a safety pull-cord which is worn by the ‘Captain’ at all times. The maximum speed is 15km/h, which is like going for a run, so there’s minimum risk of going too fast and getting out of control. Your guide will be near you at all times.
A maximum of 4 adults per boat or 2 adults with 3 children. If you have additional children on your trip, give us a call to discuss your requirements. If you are travelling as part of a large group, talk to us about organising a private departure.
Of course all boat tours are weather/sea conditions permitting but it will be confirmed to all guests on the morning of the expected day of departure. Please ensure you submit your travelling contact details when booking.
BOOK YOUR ACTIVITY
Self-Drive Boat Tours
Great fun exploring the inner harbour of Bantry Bay in our self-drive boats following your guide. Take turns at being captain for the day!
€65 per boat
Explore wider Bantry Bay and out around Whiddy Island. Watch out for widlife, maybe spot dolphins and learn about local history. Min. age 10yrs.
€50 per person
Kayak at Sunset Tour
A magical experience and a must-do when in West Cork. We will hopefully see wildlife and possibly see the wonder of bioluminescence on our trips.
€45 per person
Single or Double Kayaks available for hire by the hour. If you would like to hire for longer, simply select the additional hours needed at booking.
€15 per person
Guided Kayak Tours
Join one of our Kayak Tours with one of our experienced guides. Day and Sunset Kayak Tours are available or arrange a Private Guided Kayak Tour.
€40 per person
Kayak to Whiddy Island
Hire a kayak for time in Bantry Bay and end your trip on Whiddy Island where we will collect your kayak and you can get the ferry back to Bantry.
€25 per person