Donegal Bay Waterbus

Donegal Bay Waterbus

The Donegal Bay Waterbus is a purpose built, luxury passenger boat, capable of comfortably taking 165 passengers; seated on lower and open top decks on a sight seeing cruise of the many points of historical and natural significance around the Bay.

t: +353 74 9723666


Donegal Live 2012 featuring a trip on Donegal Bay Waterbus

Fully equipped with state-of-the-art navigational and safety systems, ladies and gents, wheelchair accessible, toilets and of course full bar facilities, where you can partake of a selection of wines, spirits, beers, as you sit on top-deck in the Donegal sunshine, or on the comfortable cushioned seats below, sailing around Donegal Bay, letting life’s worries pass you by, and enjoying the odd sing-song.

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To get the full benefit of a visit to Donegal Town, a trip in the waterbus is a “must”. The 80 min cruise explores the history, environment and wildlife of this unique estuary, which is renowned for its vistas of mountains and sea. The boat is weatherproof, comfortable and completely safe. From the helm there is a lively commentary on the sights of special interest, which include:

  • Burial place of the great Gaelic Chieftain Red Hugh O’Donnell
  • The Old Abbey, where the Annals of the Four Masters were compiled
  • The Hassans, the embarkation point of emigrants to Canada and North-America during Famine years
  • The old booking office of the White Star Line who ran the ships
  • The Coastguard Station
  • Murvagh Golf course – spectacular par 73, championship Golf Course
  • Oyster and mussel farms run by local farmers
    Wild life in view includes; cormorants, cranes, ducks, swans, and oyster catchers
  • A natural seal colony of approx. 200 seals can be seen
  • The island of St. Ernans and its famine causeway


Donegal Bay Waterbus on Google Street View


There is a detailed commentary on the history of the bay and on the wildlife of the surrounding area throughout the duration of the outward trip. On the return leg we have live entertainment comprising of music, song and craic! to give you an unforgettable experience aboard the Donegal Bay Waterbus.

Sailing times are usually morning, afternoon or evening, but are dependant upon weather and the tides. Tickets can be obtained from the ticket office which is the white cottage-like building on Quay St. beside Dom’s Pier 1. Tickets should be purchased no later than thirty minutes prior to advertised sailing times as boarding commences fifteen minutes before sailing time and the boat departs punctually.

The Waterbus also caters for parties, wedding anniversaries, day-after-wedding parties, corporate events, educational groups, bus tours and all other types of parties.


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