Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Our Week...

Red Deer On Innisfallen Island

Reflections On Lough Lein

Monks Cave

Limestone Passage, Just Wide Enough For A Kayak!

A Choice Of Tunnels...

15th Century Ross Castle In Morning Sunlight

Ancient University & Leper Hospital

Life On Dead Wood

Briar Thickets, Waiting For The Blackberries

Blackthorn In Blossom

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Full Moon & Dawn Kayaking On The Lakes Of Killarney


We have some truly magical and awe-inspiring Full Moon/Dawn Kayak Tours planned on the Lakes Of Killarney to coincide with full moon. The price is €50 per person. The three hour trip is completely beginner friendly and you will be provided with all the gear needed to keep you warm and dry!

Whether you experience a dazzling orange and gold sunrise over Ross Castle and the Kerry mountains; or a mysterious grey and misty dawn over the ancient oak woods and ruins of Innisfallen Abbey; this is a pretty special trip.

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Here is a recent Trip Advisor review on our new trip:

''Magical misty morning on the lake. Loved this 3 hour experience with Outdoors Ireland. We started out in the early still-dark morning, under the expert guidance of Nathan. Watching castle and monastery and swans emerge as the sky lightened. With the constant backdrop of dramatic mountains, there is a strong sense of medieval Ireland. And in case anyone is worried, kayaking is easy peasy! It's fun, it gives you a unique perspective from the water (which was after all how most traveling was done), Nathan relates some pleasantly creepy historic stories en route, and there are moments of real peace paddling or drifting on the lake.''

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Advent - By Patrick Kavanagh

We have tested and tasted too much, lover-
Through a chink too wide there comes in no wonder.
But here in the Advent-darkened room
Where the dry black bread and the sugarless tea
Of penance will charm back the luxury
Of a child's soul, we'll return to Doom
The knowledge we stole but could not use.

And the newness that was in every stale thing
When we looked at it as children: the spirit-shocking
Wonder in a black slanting Ulster hill
Or the prophetic astonishment in the tedious talking
Of an old fool will awake for us and bring
You and me to the yard gate to watch the whins
And the bog-holes, cart-tracks, old stables where Time begins.

O after Christmas we'll have no need to go searching
For the difference that sets an old phrase burning-
We'll hear it in the whispered argument of a churning
Or in the streets where the village boys are lurching.
And we'll hear it among decent men too
Who barrow dung in gardens under trees,
Wherever life pours ordinary plenty.
Won't we be rich, my love and I, and
God we shall not ask for reason's payment,
The why of heart-breaking strangeness in dreeping hedges
Nor analyse God's breath in common statement.
We have thrown into the dust-bin the clay-minted wages
Of pleasure, knowledge and the conscious hour-
And Christ comes with a January flower.

Patrick Kavanagh
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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Lovely Feedback From A Dawn/Sunrise Kayak Tour On Lakes Of Killarney

Magical misty morning on the lake
Loved this 3 hour experience with Outdoors Ireland. We started out in the early still-dark morning, under the expert guidance of Nathan. Watching castle and monastery and swans emerge as the sky lightened. With the constant backdrop of dramatic mountains, there is a strong sense of medieval Ireland. And in case anyone is worried, kayaking is easy peasy! It's fun, it gives you a unique perspective from the water (which was after all how most traveling was done), Nathan relates some pleasantly creepy historic stories en route, and there are moments of real peace paddling or drifting on the lake. Highly recommend. Visited April 2015

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Misty Morning Kayak Trip On Lakes Of Killarney

Dark & Then Peaceful Misty Dawn Kayak Trip Through Lough Lein - Lake Of Wisdom.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Victorian Hunting Lodge In Killarney National Park




















Kayak picnic yesterday at a fantastic 19th century hunting lodge. Once a scene of Victorian parties and debauchery; stayed at by Mary Shelly; lunched at by Queen Victoria. Destroyed in a raging fire in 1922, claiming the lives of several servants.

Pretty seriously haunted by night now. Visited only by owl, bat, squirrel and deer. Encircled by rhododendron thickets. The charred rafters and lintels stand stark reminder to that dreadful fire.

As Badger says in Wind In The Willows 'man will come and man will go; nature may be moved out, but nature will always return and will always conquer'; or something along those lines.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Bushcraft Survival Tip: Tin Can Stove

1. Simple Tin Can

2. Pierce Some Holes In Bottom & Sides

3. Taper Leading Into Fuel

4. Dry Kindling In Can, Followed By Slightly Larger Twigs

5. Fire
6. Smoke
7. Get It Burning Nicely & Get A Bed Of Red Embers

8. Cook
9. Holes In Base Of Can Allow You To Blow Into It & Fan The Embers When They Need A Boost

10. More Fire