Join local fisherman Ciaran Oliver, one of the last surviving fishing families of Claddagh, on a trip around Galway Bay. Live the history of Galway’s maritime past and the traditional wooden sailboats, the Galway Hooker.
A visit to Galway would not be complete without spending time with a Galway Hooker – the traditional fishing boats synonymous with Galway since the 1800’s, includes a motorboat trip around Claddagh and Galway Bay.
Walk with Ciaran around Galway city’s most photographed sights – Spanish Arch, Long Walk & Port of Galway. Hear how it is steeped in history with tales of fishing in days gone by & visit the Galway Hooker workshop.
Create your own custom boat trip on Galway Bay. Gather your family or friends & have a picnic on the river under the buzz of Galway City or travel out to Salthill & enjoy a guided tour of the sights & landmarks on your route.
The Oliver family are from generations of fishermen, from a time when they sailed Galway Hookers around Galway Bay to fish for a living.
Our family home is in Claddagh, on the water’s edge. We still tie up our boats at the same quay as our grandfathers and their fathers before them.
Galway Bay Boat Tours is unique – we offer a personal connection to Galway Bay, the history behind Claddagh and the Galway Hooker.
This makes your tour an unforgettable experience.