Kayak in Ireland

Canoeing is surely one of the most relaxing and unique ways to see a country. Because rivers don’t care for land owner rights, cost to build and ability to cut through the landscape means that you see the natural world in all its wonder.

You can experience all the extremes: the intoxicating adrenalin filled rush of white water canoeing at the top of streams; and the more sublime beauty of the mature river, punctuated only by the occasional flurry of colour as a kingfishermakes a move on a passing fish.

Another option for canoeing are the many canals that criss-cross the country. Formerly used by Irish industries as a means of transporting foods from one place to another, these canals are now a peaceful way of crossing the country, allowing you to escape the bedlum of everyday life, or even the stress of travelling by road, and instead to appreciate the wonders of the natural world as the water pushes you gently forward.

If you’re new to the world of canoes and kayaks, starting off on a river is maybe not the safest way to go. However, there are numerous canoe clubs and activity centres across the country where you can experience the freedom of the water in a safe and controlled environment. You can also experience the wet frustration of your first couple of occasions of tipping over – though this experience is essential for being able to exit your kayak safely in the event of a real emergency.

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