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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.

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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!

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€65 per boat

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Sea Safari

Explore wider Bantry Bay and out around Whiddy Island.  Watch out for widlife, maybe spot dolphins and learn about local history. Min. age 10yrs.

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€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.

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€45 per person


Kayak Hire

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.

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€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.

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€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.


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€25 per person

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