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Do you have a spring in your step?

Kayakers Enjoying The Beautiful Sunrise

Well, you should! The days are getting longer, the sun is shining and the flowers are sprouting!

With that, a range of activities are opening back up, kayaking being one of the big ones.

There are so many benefits to kayaking. Firstly the fact that its great fun, you take in great views and meet some really cool people! But it’s also great exercise, high energy with low impact on your joints. It is a great way to increase your cardiovascular fitness whilst strengthening your back, arms, shoulders, chest and your core!

Kayaking can be as challenging or as relaxing as you want, and you have a variety of options such as sea kayaking, lake kayaking, double kayaks or single, join a club or take a tour, there really is something for everyone.

Some of the best places to kayak in Ireland are listed below, and don’ t forget to read our top tips so that you are prepared for your excursion ­­

Best Places to Kayak in Ireland

River blackwater- Tyrone

River barrow- Co. Kilkenny

Umfin island- Donegal (for experienced kayakers)

Sandycove to Dalkey island

Lough Gill island hopping co. Sligo

Waterford’s Copper Coast

Lough Derg Blueway

Lough Hyne co.Cork

Inis Mor Co. Galway

Clew Bay Co. Mayo

Top Tips for kayakers

  • Join a kayaking club- or book a lesson, but it’s good to be taught the ropes by an expert for safety.
  • Dress for the water, not the weather- think wetsuits, boots and gloves to protect you from windchill too.
  • Bring a dry bag and dry robe, the bag will keep any belongings you need to bring with you dry, while housing your wet gear after. The Dry Robe will keep you warm and snug after your adventure.
  • Plan your trips- if renting a kayak, or you have purchased one yourself, make sure you plan your trip, tell someone where you are going, make sure your route is safe and keep your phone in a drybag to contact anyone if need arises.
  • Check the forecast and weather conditions- this is so important to avoid setting out in rough waters and getting in trouble!