Headed South … Very South

Niall MacAllister has headed as far south as possible and it isn’t to find warmer weather.

He has teamed up with Damian Foxall and Lucy hunt on board Ocean Tramp, exploring Antartica, as part of Quixote Expeditions.

Reports are in that it is as incredible as he had dreamed it wood be x 100 or more. The crisp snow, icebergs, seals, penguins and blue skies are incredible.

Last Course of 2019

Competent Crew or Day Skipper training 2-6 September.
Live aboard the boat for 5 days, 4 nights.

Explore Bantry Bay and learn the ropes.

€800 pp in own cabin or bring a friend and share €500 each.

Emails us on westcorksailing@gmail.com for advise, details or to book.

Ellen Hutchins Festival Wildlife Kayak Tour

Tues 20th August 10am-12pm €15pp

Join local marine expert Niall MacAllister of Wild Atlantic Wildlife, for a Kayak around Adrigole Harbour.

As you paddle the harbour Niall will explain biology and ecology of the seals, seaweeds & other marine life in Adrigole Harbour.

We are limited to 28 spaces in a combination of single kayaks, double kayaks and canoes.
Wetsuits of all sizes are available for €3 or it may be warm enough to paddle in toggs or shorts.
Bring old shoe or wetshoes / boots.
Buoyancy aids provided.

Advance booking required.
All ages welcome. Must be able to swim.
Spaces limited.
Text Niall directly to book your place on 083 1156672.

Beautiful Adrigole Harbour, your sheltered waters

Dog Friendly Day

Friday 21st June 2019


The OFFICIAL Dog Friendly Ireland Day 2019 with Dogs Trust

We open our doors to welcome all paddlers and their doggies.

Book directly with Niall on 083 1156672

White Tailed Sea Eagles

We kept our small white fluffy dog in while this magnificent bird of pray circled Adrigole Harbour last spring.

Apologies for the poor camera work and windiness.

Starting Afresh

West Cork Sailing Centre it taking a new “tack” (sorry!) in 2016. We are based in the most incredible unspoilt place for sailing in Ireland. Where you could venture out in to Bantry Bay on a sunny afternoon and not meet any other boats, but meet a sea of birds, dolphins, whales and wildlife.

We want to share that sea with you. Come sailing, pop down for a stroll on the beach, sit on the pier, rent a kayak. Whatever floats your boat. Join us for this new adventure. An adventure in to the beautiful world around us.



While out on a cetacean survey with Jessy of Adrigole, during summer 2015, I was lucky enough to discover two new previously unidentified Irish Humpback Whales. HP34 and HP35. The South and South West Coast of Ireland is becoming a hot spot for these magnificent creatures with new animals being recorded almost weekly.

A Humpback can be clearly identified by the markings on their tales and pectoral fins and every “Humpy” registered gets a number, so that is 35 unique Irish sightings registered up to June 2015. (a lot more have since been added to the register and were hoping for a bumper year in 2016)

If you ever see dolphins or whales while out headland walking or sailing, always report them to IWDG with as much info as you can record. Take a few pics if you can.