The Island Of Ireland

Ireland (Éire) is an island in the North Atlantic. Ireland is the second-largest island of the British Isles, the third-largest in Europe, and the twentieth-largest on Earth.

 

The coastline of Ireland is incredible with its rugged coastline and miles of beaches.  There are many small islands to explore off the coast such as the Iran islands. Along with some awesome wildlife.  You can expect to see Dolphins and paddle with anything from whales and gannets to sharks, the latter of which are harmless.  Although there have been sightings of Great White’s.  Another great aspect of this trip are the people, great craic and incredibly friendly (obviously I’m slightly bias being Irish).

 

Sea kayaking around Ireland is regarded a challenging, yet a must do adventure for any experienced sea paddler.  It is however a tricky expedition that takes careful planning and sometimes a lot of waiting around due to prevailing winds.  The exposed Atlantic coastline is known for its exposure to wind chop, swell, currents,  big surf and tricky landings.  As many know the great Irish Summer does not always pan out to be as sunny as our good humour.  With this in mind I must really focus and getting my skills up to scratch to remain safe on the trip.
 

According to the Ordnance Survey, the entire coastline of Ireland measures 3,171 kilometres. That includes every little bay & inlet. To Kayak around Ireland, one must commit to many open crossings, the longest being Donegal Bay at 50 plus kilometres. It's thought that most paddlers who complete the journey cover a distance of about 1200 to 1500 kilometres.

 

For further information on sea kayaking around Ireland and watch a great documentary from Jon Hynes and Sean Cahill that will give you a real feel of the challenge and adventure please visit:

http://www.seakayakaroundireland.com/

 

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