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Kayak the most stunning of Irish lakes

kayaking

Kayak the most stunning of Irish lakes

Paused through April 30. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Center for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2.5 hours
Group size
Up to 3 people
Includes
Food, Equipment
Hosted in
English
kayaking

Kayak the most stunning of Irish lakes

kayaking

Kayak the most stunning of Irish lakes

Paused through April 30. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Center for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2.5 hours
Group size
Up to 3 people
Includes
Food, Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

We will meet you at the shores of Lough Gill, one of the most famous and beautiful lakes in Ireland. Fabled in the poetry of W.B.Yeats for the Lake Isle of Innisfree, we will prepare you for a trip that will surprise and delight you at each step along the way. After an initial chat about the trip plan, and learning a little about you, we will get you ready for the journey, giving you the equipment that you will need, and showing you the techniques required for the outing.Don't worry, you won't need to be a super athlete, just a regular level of fitness will be fine! We will then launch onto the Garavogue river, a slow moving river that is the gateway to Lough Gill (meaning the "bright" or "white" lake in Irish) and make our way to the entrance of the lake.Depending on the time of year we will pass a variety of water birds, from hooper swans to kingfisher and maybe even see a shy otter chasing after equally shy salmon. We will travel through mixed features, from alluvial forests to old sessile oak woods, all contained within an area designated as a Special Area of Conservation and make our way to one of the many remote islands that are in the lake.There we will stop for a walk around, take some time to reflect on the history and folk lore of the area and make ourselves a hot drink and some breakfast or lunch. After a break, we will head back towards our starting point.

Your host

Learn more about Gerry

Gerry

The west coast of Ireland has some of the most beautiful and intense sea kayaking in the world.I have been immersed in the ocean firstly as a surfer and more recently as a sea kayaker, for the past 30 years or so.During this time I have kayaked in all sorts of conditions, and in many locations from the very top of Donegal, right down to the south west tip of Cork. I am currently a British Canoeing qualified 4 star Sea Kayak Leader, International Sea Kayaking Guide Association trained aspirant guide, accredited Failte Ireland Coastal and Marine guide as well as having a Remote Emergency Care level 3 first aid qualification. I have taught thousands of people to surf as I am also a ISA level 2 surf coach.Most recently I spent 2019 working as a kayak guide in Norway, showing travellers around the Hardangerfjord in Southern Norway

What's included

Food
We will make a breakfast of tea/coffee, muesli and fruit, or a lunch of tea/coffee and a sandwich and fruit.
Equipment
We will provide safe ,stable, single touring kayaks as well as paddles, life jackets, wind and waterproof outerwear and dry…

Where you'll be

The Garavogue river,Lough Gill and one of the many secluded islands that make up one of Irelands most iconic lakes.

This experience is available starting May 01, 2020

To protect the health and safety of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused through April 30, 2020 due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Center for the latest updates before you book.

Guest safety

Outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 3 guests ages 16 and up can attend. Happy to be in and around the water.

What to bring

Warm clothing and a set of spare clothing.

More tips

You will need to be comfortable with being on the water. You will need to bring clothing for all conditions, It is Ireland after all. It is best if you can layer up and down to remain comfortable. We will provide you with waterproof wear, and a nylon deck to keep water out, but you will get wet.

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

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    Led by locals who love where they’re from and what they do.

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Gerry
Kayak the most stunning of Irish lakes
New experience
From $68/person
New experience
From $68/person