Discover Wildlife Weekend — Schedule and Booking Form

Fin whales surface off the coast of West Cork

Fin whales… regular autumn visitors to the West Cork coast.

For full details on the Discover Wildlife weekend please check this page.

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Discover Wildlife Dates

We currently have the following dates scheduled for upcoming Discover Wildlife Weekends:

Spring 2016 Weekend: 13th May -15th May
Autumn 2016 Weekend: 30th Sep – 02 Oct

Base: Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork 

Weekend fee (guiding, talks and venue): €90 per person (payable to secure your booking — see Terms and Conditions at the bottom of this page)

Accommodation Package: €139 per person (payable directly to the Celtic Ross Hotel at checkout) — 2 night’s B&B, 1 Evening Meal (group meal on Saturday night), 1 Packed Lunch, use of hotel leisure facilities (pool, gym, sauna, etc.).

Whale Watching Boat Excursion (weather permitting): €40 per person (payable directly to boat operator on the day should the trip go ahead)

Total Cost of Weekend: €269

Places are limited and are allocated on a first-come-first served basis… contact us to reserve yours now by submitting the simple booking form below.

NB. Once we receive your booking enquiry we will be in touch to finalise / confirm your booking.

Approx Schedule

NB. This is an outline schedule and weekends will typically follow this pattern — however, both wildlife and weather on the West Cork coast can be dynamic and unpredictable. We like to stay nimble with the schedule to offer you the best wildlife experience possible.

Friday c. 8pm: Registration, introductions, wildlife talk, optional night walk

Saturday: Full day field excursions, group dinner at the hotel, optional evening talk

Sunday (until c. 13:00): Guided wildlife watching before we say our goodbyes 

Little Egret

Little Egret, Rosscarbery Co. Cork

Have a question? No problem… just get in touch

You can use the form on the Contact Us page to ask us any questions you might have about the weekend that aren’t answered on the description page.

If you’d rather call and speak to someone in person you can contact us on +353 (0)86 8233709 (if there’s no answer we’re probably out looking for / at wildlife, so please leave a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can).

Terms and Conditions

For convenience (on both sides), and to avoid handling cash/cheques during the weekends, the €90 fee (including a €30 non-refundable booking deposit) is payable in advance to secure your place on the weekend.

The fee covers the guided weekend field excursions, talks and the venue… as specified on the description page… it DOES NOT include food and accommodation, or additional expenses like boat trips should the opportunity arise (we’ll give you details of how to avail of the special Discover Wildlife accommodation package at the Celtic Ross Hotel in the weekend information sheet once you’ve booked).

If you cannot attend a weekend you have booked on, for whatever reason, we offer the following cancellation options:

  1. If you inform us of a cancellation more than 2 weeks before the weekend is due to commence we can either
    1. offer you a place on an alternative weekend to the same value subject to availability.
    2. refund the balance of €60 per person.
  2. If you inform us of a cancellation less than 2 weeks before the weekend is due to commence, unfortunately we cannot offer a refund, but are happy to offer you a place on an alternative weekend or another Discover Wildlife Experience to the same value subject to availability.

Where transport is necessary we operate a car pooling system to move between wildlife watching sites on the weekend. Depending on requirements we may ask participants with their own vehicles to help out in this regard.

While we always put safety and security first during these weekends, you remain responsible for your own safety and the security of your belongings while attending the Discover Wildlife Weekend. We cannot accept liability for any mishaps, loss or damage, however caused.

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