27 September 2013

25 September 2013

Inch Beach - Misty & Mysterious

Guided hike we ran on Inch Beach last Saturday.

The day began misty and warm; then slowly the mist burnt away, the silver sun pierced the overhead greyness, and an avalanche of rolling white cloud flooded down the hills of the Iveragh Peninsula; while the Dingle Peninsula stayed wreathed in mist...

Nice relaxing three hour hike; talking about Saint Patrick and Skellig Michael, Saint Brendan and his journey to America, the 1100's Welsh/Norman Invasion at the invitation of a displaced Irish king, and the Celtic ring forts which top some of the nearby mountains.

24 September 2013

Press Release: New Outdoor Instructor & Guide School In Kerry

Change Your Career!

Adventure Company, Outdoors Ireland, are running a new Outdoor Instructor & Guide Training School this winter in Kerry, aimed at giving beginners and experienced alike, the technical skills and qualifications to guide, lead and teach outdoor adventure sports; such as kayaking and hiking. The course will also cover aspects of running your own guiding business or adventure school.

‘There is a growing industry in adventure tourism, plus a growing demand for high quality adventure providers; with a space for them to team up with accommodation providers and tour operators’ says Nathan Kingerlee; owner and manager of Outdoors Ireland; eight years in operation in Kerry and more recently opened in Galway also.

Beginning in November and running two days per week until spring, places are limited. For more details please contact www.outdoorsireland.com, info@outdoorsireland.com or +353 (0) 86 860 45 63.

Click Here for More Details
Click Here To Contact Nathan

Some Team Building/Challenge Ideas For Killarney

Just put together three nice relaxed team building/team challenge options for an equiry I received. These are some of the team building options we run, which can also work great for a hen party or stag party...

Option 1 : Climb Mangerton Mountain

Distance: 9km
Time: 5 Hrs Approx
Beginner Friendly

Option 2 : Boat, Hike & Team Challenge

Meet At Ross Castle
Motor Boat Through Lough Lein & Muckross Lake To Dinis Cottage
Hike Through Torc Woods (4km)
Team Challenge & Map Challenge In Torc Upper
Hike Through Pine Forest To Muckross Park Hotel For Drinks (3km)
Beginner Friendly

Option 3 : Team Challenge & Hike

Map Challenge Through Killarney National Park & Muckross Estate
Hike Through Pine Forest To Torc Upper (3km)
Team Challenge In Torc Woods
Beginner Friendly

Burren Rock Climbing Photos

Some sunny day rock climbing photos from a recent climbing tour we ran in the Burren, near Kinvara.

20 September 2013

Scrambling In The MacGillycuddy Reeks

Join us for one or two days of scrambling in Kerry's ice-carved MacGillycuddy Reeks this Oct. Some mountain experience is needed for these two days. Book for one or both days...

Wed 30th Oct

Hag's Tooth Ridge - Beenkeragh Ridge - Carrauntoohil
Price: €75 Per Person
Time: 9am - 5pm

Thurs 31st Oct
The Big Gun Ridge
Price: €75 Per Person
Time: 9am - 5pm

Price For Two Days: €130 Per Person
Click Here To Book Or For More Details

19 September 2013

Burren Mountain Skills Course Video

Mountain Skills 1 Course In The Burren With Outdoors Ireland. Amazing Limestone Landscape! Check out the huge herd of smelly wild mountain goats! Their hooves trip-trapping across the limestone is a pretty magical noise; reminds me of the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Some Of The Most Beautiful Abandoned Places

Some stunning and magical photos I found a link for on Facebook this morning: http://tinyurl.com/qzhdbkf

17 September 2013

White Water Kayak Training

Fri 25th & Sat 26th Oct
White Water Kayaking
Location: Killarney/Kerry
Time: 10am - 5pm
Price: €150 Per Person
Develop the awareness, techniques, rescues and communication skills to kayak on fast flowing water and white water rivers.

Click Here To Contact Us Or To Book

Sea Kayaking In Kinvara Bay & The Burren

The Autumn Leaf (Inspired By Hot Port, Damp Leaves & The Wind In The Willows)

The autumn leaves come rushing in,
Green and brown; their time is down.

A rising tide of frowning night;
A rising tide of frantic rain,
Against the silver window pane.

In the wood the trees stand bare,
Ready now for winter's care.

The squirrel's nuts, the badger's lair,
The foxes den, the hedgehogs snug,
Protected deep beneath a leafy rug.

You and I by fire flicker and candle light,
Tell stories past of summer bright;
And deep beneath those autumn leaves,
Life stills and calms, and sleeps and dreams.

13 September 2013

Team Building In Killarney

Team Building Learning Points Raised From A Short Team Building Session We Ran Recently In Killarney National Park For A Cork Based Company.

Work As A Team

Read The Instructions

Team Work & Communication

Work Together

Take Time To Plan


Successful Planning = Results

Work As A Team, Not As An Individual

Read The Brief

Open The Lungs!

Not To Shout Over Each Other, But to Listen To Each Other

Listen To Direction

Working Together Gets Results

Hiking, Climbing & Paddling In Killarney!

 Overlooking Killarney Town & MacGillycuddy Reeks

Hiking Into The Hag's Glen & Carrauntoohil, With Devil's Ladder In Background

 Sunset Over Lough Lein

Tackling 'Three In A Bed' In The Gap Of Dunloe, Where We Run Most Of Our Kerry Climbing Courses

10 September 2013

Outdoor Instructor & Guide Training Program - Oct 2014

National Governing Body Modules:
Wilderness First Aid Level 3
River Safety Rescue 1
River Safety Rescue 2

Level 2 Kayak Instructor
Level 3 Kayak Skills

Lead Rock Climbing Trainee

Mountain Leader Trainee
Mountain Skills Assessment

Outdoors Ireland Modules:
Outdoor Guiding Skills

Outdoor Instruction Skills

Outdoor Coaching Skills

Emergency Procedures (Water & Mountain)

Optional Modules:
Level 3 Canoe Skills

Product/Tour Development

Initial Online Development

Business Set Up Coaching

Business Development Coaching

To Register Your Interest/Get More Details Please Contact Nathan:
+353 (0) 86 860 45 63

Based Between Kerry & Galway; Next Program Beginning Oct 2014, This Intensive Course Is Designed & Aimed At Four Types Of People:

1. If You Are Looking To Vastly Increase & Certify Your Own Current Outdoor Skills.
2. If You Are Looking For A Career Change & Would Like A Job In The Outdoor Industry.
3. If You Are Planning To Set Up Your Own Part-Time/Full-Time Adventure Guiding Business.
4. If You Are Looking For An Add-On To An Existing Hospitality Business, Such As A Hostel/Hotel Offering Hill Walks Or Kayaking.

Course Accreditations:
Wilderness Medical Society
Canoeing Ireland
Mountaineering Ireland

Course Instructors:
Nathan Kingerlee
Jason McGloin
Tim Orr

Aebhric O Kelly
Shane McElligott

All course instructors come from a varied background of public outdoor education, private adventure tourism, extreme adventure and soft guiding; giving a depth of experience and understanding of the outdoor industry and the requirements for quality guides and instructors.

Four of the course instructors also run their own adventure guiding and training businesses, giving them an understanding of the challenges and issues with running successful businesses; adapting to change and niche markets.

Before completing an instructor assessment a number of hours are required logging experience with a qualified instructor. It can be a little difficult sometimes to log these hours; however students on our course will have the opportunity to work alongside our instructors and log some of the required hours. Students will also need to assist other adventure providers to fully log the hours.

58 Days/27 Weeks
Thurs/Fri Or Thurs/Fri/Sat Each Week
Start Date: Thurs 7th Nov
Finish Date: Fri 6th Jun
Personal Practice Time/Time Off: Sun 8th Dec - Wed 8th Jan

Full Course Price: €4206 Per Person
Course Price Without Rock Climbing Module: €3686 Per Person

Not Included:
Accommodation (Can Give Recommendations)
Food (Picnic Lunches Needed)
Some Personal Gear, Such As Hiking Boots/Back Pack/Etc

Burren In Black & White!

Burren In Black & White. Some Photos From Last Weekend's Mountain Skills 1 Course...

5 September 2013

Biking In The Burren, Near Kinvara - Galway

Photos of a Burren Guided Bike Tour, which we run from Kinvara, and heads deep into the peaceful heart of the Burren; down grassy lanes, through hazel woods and across limestone deserts!

3 September 2013

Lakes Of Killarney / Killarney National Park Full-Day Kayaking Tour This Sat 7th

This Sat 7th we are running one of our favourite kayak tours; a full-day's kayaking through the Lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park, exporing deep into the secluded inlets and secret spots; hopefully glimpsing the sea eagles in full flight!

Price: €75pp
Time: 10am - 4pm/5pm
Beginners Welcome
To Book Click Here To Contact Nathan

2 September 2013

Great Galway Sea Kayaking Feedback!

Dear Nathan, This is a letter that is a long time coming, we went out on Galway Bay together on June 25th, 2013.

It was the first day you had your Land Rover, hope it is running well and giving you access to all sorts of things.

There you are, with the wind and the waves behind you. High tide, having gone to the old light house and then to Hare Island and back.

There I am, fortunately you did not take a picture of me kissing the ground. I did take some of it home in a jar. The spot on the picture is a droplet of water on the lens.

I want to tell you that I recommend your service highly. I found you to be very professional and safety oriented. You did a very good job of evaluating my skills and my shortcomings, then you were able to lead me through a really exciting experience that took me to the top of my skills. I have not had so much fun nor challenge since I was 19; I am now 76. One of the things that makes a good teacher is the ability to make small well directed comments that enables the person to make immediate improvement and does not distract with too much information. (“Use foot pressure on the same side you are paddling.” “Keep steady paddling rather than quick strokes.” Riding the waves, “Correct with forward strokes, c strokes.”  rather than reverse strokes to keep momentum.) The other contribution was being very knowledgeable about the area and being a good historian.

Wish I lived closer I am sure I would have gone with you again.

Cordially, John