9 May 2008

Upcoming Kayaking & Hill Walking in Killarney

Half Day Kayak Trips from Ross Castle across the deep glaciated Lough Leane each day.
€50 pp
All Equipment & Instruction Provided
Weekends & Evenings Also Available
Times: 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm
Prebooking Essential

Evening Kayak Trips on Wednesdays from 6pm to 9pm. These evening paddles across tranquil waters will begin at different locations on the Lakes of Killarney each week, to give you a unique taste of kayaking... Suitable for beginners and experienced paddlers.
€50 pp per evening or €150 pp for 4 evenings
All Equipment & Instruction Provided
Beginning Wed 4th June

Climb Carrauntoohil, Ireland's highest mountain. Climb through ice-carved corries to enjoy breathtaking views from the lofty cloud-strewn summit. Scheduled trips on Mondays each week.
€75 pp

Collection from Killarney can be arranged
Beginning Mon 2nd June

Other guided hikes and hill walks also available. Click here for more details.

Kayak Trip across the Lakes of Killarney in Kerry

I recently spent a morning kayaking with Nathan Kingerlee of www.outdoorsireland.com on the Lakes of Killarney. For me the morning said summer is finally here, its time to get out and enjoy what’s on our doorstep, it was such an amazing trip.

I am relatively new to the world of kayaking, and found the lakes to be ideal for my experience although with more skill I could see that there was so much more that could have been explored.
Firstly we paddled around by Ross Castle, it felt surreal to be gliding along with this spectacular ruin beside you, a slice of history within metres! There was a real buzz to this side of the lake. It felt so exciting to be in the hub of all this activity, other groups were out paddling on kayaks of every colour, a group were training on sliders for their rowing club. A great place for the people watcher in you!

After a while we paddled down a little river bringing us into another lake at the other side of the castle. It was like stepping into an entirely different world. We had the lake completely to ourselves. The views of the surrounding countryside were stunning! We paddled through Lough Leane to the various rocks and islands that protruded from the water. On closer inspection these islands held limestone caves and in one case to the delight of the rest of the group we found a small narrow limestone tunnel that we took turns kayaking through!

Of course it was not all about work, one of the highlights was our pit stop. We pulled up by one of the bigger islands on the lake and tying all our kayaks together we climbed onto the rock surface dragging our bag of goodies. It was like having our own private island in the middle of paradise. It was a well deserved feast, what is it about the outdoors that makes food taste a hundred times better?!

Time just seemed to fly by, I can’t wait to get out again. I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer's day...