Gobbins Sea Safari
Scenic tour with stunning photographic opportunities and a unique perspective of the Gobbins Cliff Path
Setting sail from Carrickfergus Harbour gives you the opportunity to see Carrickfergus Castle from the sea, probably the best way to view and photograph any coastal castle.
Next we sail onwards to the idyllic Victorian seaside village of Whitehead. Similarly, it is best viewed and photographed from the sea due to it’s colourful array of houses facing seawards. Whitehead is known as the “Town With No Streets”, as all roads and thoroughfares are named without the use of the word “street”. It is a Victorian railway village and has a well kept conservation area.
History enthusiasts will love seeing the picturesque Blackhead Lighthouse. Constructed in 1901 during the glory days of Belfast’s shipping, this lighthouse guided all ships in and out of Belfast Lough, including the ill-fated Titanic.
Gobbins Cliff Path Walk
Truly a spectacular sight, the Gobbins is renowned for its Victorian Cliff Path Walk. Including tunnels and suspension bridges which were recently rebuilt, it is an engineering spectacle. Because we are not restricted by how far we can go, we get a full view of all the caves, the bridges and beyond the current walk-way.
Declared an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) due to the colonies of breeding seabirds, unusual geological features and wide range of marine plant life, the Gobbins is one of Northern Ireland’s best kept secrets.
Home to Northern Ireland’s only mainland colony of Puffins, a popular bird with a colourful beak during breeding season. Puffins are strong flyers and expert divers, able to dive up to sixty meters deep.
Guillemots, Razorbills, Cormorants, Kittiwakes and Shags have also made this amazing location their home. We regularly see an abundance of Lions Mane jellyfish here during the summer months and curious seals are always ready to peep out of the water to say hello.
With its mysterious black caves, an array of wildlife, and interesting features, the Gobbins trip has something for everyone.
- Tour minimum time: 2-3hrs
- Private Charter: £240 for up to 6 passengers (£40 per extra person)
- Maximum Passengers: 10 per trip
- Pre-booking essential
- Weather dependent
- Great for: Family day out, sight-seeing, photographers, historians, film producers, wildlife enthusiasts, ornithologists
“The best way to see The Gobbins Cliff Path – from the sea side! Tim, a BIG thank you for an incredible, amazing & SUPER GREAT day out! The seal at the end of our day was just the perfect finish!”
“Unbelievable way to experience the water and the stunning coastline! Tim was a legend, great craic from start to finish and accommodating for all passengers! The trips are a rush but the views are something else. 5 star barely cuts it!”
“Amazing tour, had an awesome time, very safe and we had the chance to see beautiful places, unforgettable tour, if you’re in Ireland and want to have a cruise go with Abhainn cruises, highly recommendable.”
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