Cook, Catch & Eat: Lobster Safari With Evening Meal

In collaboration with Rouge Restaurant, Galway Bay Tours offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a lobster safari, followed by a beautiful meal in one of Galway's most popular restaurants.

A Once in a Life-Time Experience

 Rouge Restaurant, Galway City. 

Rouge Restaurant, Galway City. 


Enjoy an exhilarating 2 hr. Harbour Tour of Galway Bay, with an additional ‘Catch, Cook & Eat Package’. 

This tour views the historic fishing village where the famous Claddagh ring originated. 

Starting at the end of Long Walk, which is only 5 mins walk from city centre, you will sail gently from the mouth of River Corrib towards Galway Bay, where you will see the rolling hills of Clare and the unique, beguiling limestone landscape of the Burren, one of Ireland’s designated UNESCO sites.

You will also enjoy a unique Lobster Safari, with the option of having your catch delivered & cooked at Rouge.  If a member of your party does not like lobster, meal alternatives are available: Click on Rouge Menu: 

 Region of Gastronomy, 2018

Region of Gastronomy, 2018

Being on the ocean can be a transformative experience!

To celebrate the West’s prestigious 2018 Region of Gastronomy award, we have developed our Cook, Catch & Eat package in honour of Galway’s long history of fishing and ocean culture, as well as our historical connection to the fisherman of Brittany in France. 

Galway has been twinned with Lorient, in Brittany since 1975.


Rouge, in Galway City.  Ireland

Maritime history.

This boat tour offers you the opportunity to discover the regions boat-building & maritime history, including the tragedy now known as the Cleggan Disaster, as well as experience the exhilaration of being able to catch your own lobster and have it cooked by one of Rouge’s talented chefs, for an evening meal in style, (music every wednesday night). 

Create memories that will last forever!

Galway’s fresh, wild lobsters are nothing short of one of Ireland’s specialities. 

Children thrive on the excitement of the Wild Atlantic.

Adults fall in love with our stories & everyone loves great seafood!

Give it a try!

Catch, Cook & Eat: Lobster Safari on Galway Bay

€59 for 2 hr Tour / Lobster Safari & Set Dinner With Your Lobster or Meal of Choice

(Steak & Vegetarian Options Available).

  Unfortunately, this tour books out extremely quickly, so early booking is essential! 

For weekend bookings we require 3 weeks notice.  Weekdays a few days in advance (but still no guarantees). 

Due to the high level of interest we recommend booking well in advance of your trip. 

 Lobster Safari on Galway Bay

Lobster Safari on Galway Bay

Fishing is in the veins of many traditional Galwegian families, and ocean life continues to inspire great seafood cuisine & lifestyles. 

 Traditional Galway Hooker Sailing Boats. 

Traditional Galway Hooker Sailing Boats. 

From medieval to modern times, Galway has enjoyed a special relationship with Brittany. 

Not only do we share the same sea-fauna and flora of our magical Wild Atlantic Ocean & two of the oldest living languages in Europe, Brezhoneg and Gaeilge, but much of our maritime history involves escapades of a cross-cultural seafaring nature with our Breton cousins.   

For example, St Brendan the Navigator, who is said to have died at his sister’s monastery in Annaghdown, Galway, ventured to far off villages in Brittany, and many Breton merchants throughout the ages have visited Galway for trade.

Importantly, a love of seafood has connected Brittany & Galway for centuries:

In the late 1920s and early 1930s a shellfish merchant from Brittany, Marcel Samzun, established Ireland’s only tidal lobster pond in Cleggan, Co. Galway.   

Marcel Samzun eventually relocated to a small creek behind Aughrusbeg pier on the mainland.  The ponds formed an incredibly successful base for the collection, storage and shipping of lobsters, crawfish, winkles and other shellfish to France.

In 1949, Yann Fouere, a Breton political refugee who was granted asylum by the De Valera Government, joined Mr. Samzun.  Changing his name by deed poll to Sean Mauger, he took over Cleggan Lobster Fisheries in 1955, thus consolidating a long seafood connection between the regions of Galway & Brittany.   

This lovely story shows how Galway’s gastronomy is as much about shared cultural encounters, as well a fresh, nutritious produce.  

In addition, Cleggan holds a special memory in the hearts of many fisher families, as it is the site of the Cleggan Disaster where 45 fishermen died due to a violent storm in 1927; a fate that the Ciaran Oliver’s grandfather & cousin’s were fortunate enough to escape.