Friday, 15 August 2014

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Sea Kayaking In Kinvara Bay

Sea Kayaking In Kinvara Bay, With Jason, On A Still Misty Morning.

The only sounds were the watery rustle of the seaweed against the rocks and the high pitch of the oyster catchers...

Weekly Update @ Outdoors Ireland

Lots of kayaking and canyoning trips have been happening; two sit on top kayak training days; some rock climbing in the Gap of Dunloe and a sprinkling of forest biking tours. We're all nicely busy and the guys are doing some long shifts.

The rain is great for the veg garden, filling up the lakes and bringing up the canyoning levels; however drying wetsuits has become a more focused job. We no longer hang the gear outside for a day and take it in bone dry that evening!

Large group of French students out on an early morning kayak trip last Fri and we got to see a kingfisher, twice! Then Jason and I were sea kayaking in Galway City over the weekend; with both a stag group and a hen group. Fair play to the hens who brought along delicious champagne and amazing home-made cup cakes. Was one of the best kayak trips I've done; sipping champagne, eating cup cakes and watching the sunset over Galway!

Amazing orange full moon at the moment. Had to start work at 330am twice last week and the sight of the huge moon dipping behind Torc Mountain was spectacular. Made up for having to be up so early. Big tides at the moment in Galway and some strong flows to be watched out for.

That's all for now, Nathan

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Weekly Update At Outdoors Ireland

Brilliant bank holiday weekend! Thanks to everyone who joined us in Killarney and Galway. Well done to Mark for running the office and MJ for a 22 hour day on Monday. Jason finally got a day or two off.

Nearly have the Landrover sorted; just need to drive carefully in rain at moment as windscreen wipers not working. Seems to be a slight break in this amazing weather, which is no harm to fill our canyon gorges with water again. Drying wetsuits is a full-time job right now, especially with this soft warm drizzle.

Little sad to think the summer season will be over in a matter of weeks. Anyway we'll make the most of what's left and have just finished planning our training courses for this winter and next year.

Really delighted to have an article in the Sunday Business Post on our canyoning last weekend thanks to Roisin and Mary from Outsider Magazine.

Working to develop our biking trips and guided hikes a little different and as brilliant as possible.

Finally have a large stag group sea kayaking in Galway City this Sat so really looking forward to working outdoors for the day with Jason, plus testing my new car coffee machine.

That's all for now. Nathan

Air Corps & Canyoning

Some Beautiful Photos Of Ireland Taken By The Air Corps:

Thanks to Baz for this brilliant canyoning footage!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Photo Flavour Of Where We've Been

Sunset Kayaking On The Lakes Of Killarney, Heading From Ross Castle Towards Innisfallen Abbey

 Early Morning Reflections Beside Yew Island

Jason & Nathan Forest & Mountain Biking With Ruth Scott From 2FM

Ross Island Canal, Leading Out To Lough Lein, Waiting For Kayak Clients To Arrive

 Half-Day Killarney Lakes Kayak Trip

Descending The Steps Of Torc Waterfall On A Hike Through Part Of Killarney National Park

H Buttress - Climbing In The Gap Of Dunloe

Mountain Skills 1 Training In The Gap Of Dunloe, Overlooking Lough Lein & Killarney

Kinvara Bay Just Before A Misty Morning Sea Kayak Trip

Friday, 1 August 2014

Complimentary Dawn Hike Of Killarney National Park & Torc Woods

Complimentary Dawn Guided Hike Of Killarney National Park & Torc Woods

We are offering a complimentary guided hike of Killarney National Park and Torc Woods each Thursday at dawn.

We want to share part of this amazing environment with you, that we are lucky enough to live and work in; including the abundant wildlife, vibrant flora and local legends.

Come join us at dawn, as the grey sky brightens, the sun slowly rises, the dawn chorus echoes and the deep wood awakens. This is a relaxing hike through a hidden gem of Killarney National Park and Torc Woods, with no experience needed.

Pre Booking Required:

Price: Free Of Charge
Time: 6am - 8am
Meet: Muckross Park Hotel/Molly Darcy's Pub Car Park
Bring: Warm Clothes/Hiking Shoes/Waterproofs
Guide: Nathan

Click Here For Directions

Upgrade To A Fabulous & Delicious Gourmet Breakfast At Muckross Park Hotel Afterwards, For €16 Per Person

Sit On Top Kayak Training Dates

Two last minute Sit On Top Kayak Training Courses have come up. Each is a one-day course on the Lakes of Killarney, 10am - 4pm/5pm, completely beginner friendly.

The aim at the end of your day is to be safe, competent and self sufficient for all flat water kayaking, including bays, beaches, lakes and flat rivers. The price is €75 per person and all equipment can be provided.

Sit On Top Kayak Training Dates:
Sat 2nd Aug
Sat 9th Aug

For More Details Please Contact Nathan:
+353 (0) 86 860 45 63

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Kayaking & Canyoning (Top Things To Do In Killarney In My Opinion!)

Kayaking Out Of Monk's Cave On The Lakes Of Killarney Last Wed

  The Plunge Pool On Our New Canyoning Trip, With Mark Doing A Demo

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Weekly Update At Outdoors Ireland

Fabulous weather! Warm, dry, sunshine, mountains of grey cloud drifting above the grey Kerry mountains, good wetsuit drying and no midges. Orange skies at dawn.

Juggling vehicle/trailer logistics as one jeep is in the garage for a few days. Seems to happen every summer.

Potatoes and garlic in the veg boxes nearly ready for harvesting.

Lots of kayaking happening including our sunset trips. Also forest/mountain biking and rock climbing happening.

Entire team of guides, minus Nathan, left Kerry this morning at 5am to guide a large group of scouts on Lugnaquillia in Wicklow.

Aug Bank Holiday looking busy thankfully. This weekend can often typically be really quiet for some reason. Plenty available with more details here:

That's all for now, Nathan