04 October 2017

Whale Watching at Inchydoney: another reason to love autumn in Ireland!

Whale and dolphin watching West Cork Ireland

We’re big fans of autumn round these parts. Autumn beauty, autumn fashion, it’s all good. But turns out there’s another big reason to love autumn in Ireland: whale watching season begins!

No, really. Autumn and winter are the best times to catch a peek at these wonderful animals in the wild. Around the south west of Ireland, you can get up close and personal with everything from minke whales and humpbacks to small, shy harbour porpoises and playful dolphins.

Mr Fluff and I were recently treated to a trip with Whale Watch West Cork, who run two catamarans from Baltimore Harbour. The tours, captained by Nic or Brendan, last for four hours at €50 a head, and are worth every penny. The guys are very knowledgeable and their on-board commentary significantly adds to the experience.

Whale Watching package Inchydoney Hotel Cork

While we didn’t spot any larger animals, we were surrounded at one stage by a pod of about forty magnificent dolphins who leaped and swam alongside us, taking turns to surf the bow waves of the boat. It was a magical and memorable moment, and one I never knew could be experienced right here in Ireland. And that’s before I’ve even mentioned the spectacular views around the West Cork coastline.

Inchydoney Beach West Cork

Our base for the trip was the fabulous Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa, a firm favourite with himself and myself for its incredible food, location and service. There’s something really special about this hotel. Every bedroom faces onto one of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches, and you wake up and fall asleep to the soothing sound of the waves.

Inchydoney Island Spa West Cork

To celebrate their sponsorship of Wild West Cork, the hotel has created a really lovely whale watching package, which we were lucky enough to partake in. From €240 per person, the package includes two nights’ bed and breakfast, a half day of whale watching, a five course dinner in the Gulfstream restaurant and access to the (indoor) seawater pool and island spa (read more about that here). For a memorable staycation this autumn or winter, we couldn’t recommend it more.

Fluff and Fripperies was a guest of the hotel.

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