Water Sports is one of the best hobbies for creatives
Unfolds the wonders of nature, the power of the ocean and its imprint on the coast of Ireland, and a network of stunning trails running on and alongside Ireland’s most idyllic lakes, canals and rivers. Taking you into the heart of her most unspoilt landscapes on the Blueway’s – by canoe, bike or on foot. As you meander through inspiring, picturesque vistas, soak in the charming rural atmosphere and explore life at a different pace.
THE ONLY GOOD SUIT IS A WETSUIT.
1 | KITESURFING IN WEXFORD
Hooked Kitesurfing offer kitesurfing, powerkite and stand up paddleboarding lessons on some of the best beaches in the South East of Ireland. Learn to kitesurf with Hooked Kitesurfing, based at their centre on Duncannon beach in County Wexford. Qualified IKO instructors will help you experience the thrill of flying a large controllable kite, then learn to use it to propel yourself across the water and into the air if you choose.
The majority of kitesurfing lessons take place in the shallow flat water of Duncannon beach, County Wexford overlooking the Hook Head peninsula. Constant winds combined with flat shallow water make this an ideal beach to learn on. All equipment is supplied for your kitesurfing lesson. Also on offer are childrens power kite lessons. Lasting one hour in duration, using small power kites called foil or ram air. This is a great way to learn kite controlling skills before taking up kitesurfing, mountain boarding or kite buggying. Suitable for ages eight and above.
2 | SELF DRIVE CRUISING ON THE SHANNON
You don’t need a special captain’s hat or a license as your hire company explains the rules of the water for your self-drive cruiser, how to moor and navigate the canal locks. And while the scenery is the main attraction, the comfort of the cruiser comes a close second with everything you need for dining alfresco and getting a good night’s sleep. With boats to suit two to 12 people, cruising the Shannon is a unique way to spend time with family and friends.
To really enjoy the gorgeous views and relax with the flow, seasoned cruisers recommend two to four hours cruising a day. Cruising season kicks off in mid-March to the end of October. All you need to do is decide which marina to cast off from and which leisurely route to take, as you journey at your own pace through the serene and scenic network of lakes and rivers on the Shannon-Erne Blueway.
3 | FISHING IN KILDARE
Love Fishing Ireland offer tailor made fishing excursions in breathtaking locations for both wild brown trout and pike. All of our fishing takes place within 40 minutes drive of Dublin city centre. Love Fishing Ireland have a small team of experienced guides available for tailor made fishing excursions for both wild brown trout and pike. While the standard days guiding on the River Liffey or Rye Water will appeal to many, for the more adventurous we offer guided trips by Canadian canoe along what are considered to be the best fishing beats of the River Liffey.
Anglers perhaps experiencing the not so pleasurable experience of their first Guinness style hang over, may be tempted by the more leisurely option of guided fishing from a traditional Irish ‘Sheelin’ fishing boat for either brown trout or pike on the beautiful Rye Lake. All of our fishing takes place within 40 minutes drive of Dublin city centre and is based on stretches of water where the sight of buses and trucks on city streets is replaced by the far more pleasant riverside traffic of Kingfishers and Otters and where the sound of a beeping horn is substituted by the Mewing of a passing Buzzard.
Love Fishing Ireland can also have experience of catering for larger groups of up to 16 anglers with a maximum of 4 anglers per ghillie. Open every day from 9am -9pm. For a full listing on rates and for further information on the fishing that is available please see our website
4 | SURFING IN SLIGO
Sligo is a mecca for surfers. From the continuous Atlantic waves making landfall year round to the autumn and winter storms bringing the huge swell making it the place to be for the Big Wave surfers. But even if you are a novice surfer, there are plenty of options to find that perfect surfing spot. Need some help, there are plenty of surf schools around who would love to take you out to discover the Wild Atlantic Way.
Surf on Sligo’s epic coastline with Sligo Surf Experience in Strandhill, lead by a legendary local surfer. Get out into the water with a group or one on one lesson for beginners and novices. Learn how to surf in the spectacular scenery of Sligo with Sligo Surf Experience. Catch your first every wave under the guidance of expert surf coaches. Choose from surfing or bodyboarding and paddle out into the Atlantic Ocean and experience one of the most exhilarating and rewarding outdoor activities.
Join a group lesson with your friends and family and have a great time learning a new sport together. Book a one on one lesson with a coach to improve as much as possible during your stay in Sligo. Surf camps run throughout the summer and are perfect for kids aged 8 and up. Have some great family-friendly fun with Sligo Surf Experience.
5 |KAYAK WITH SEALS IN CORK
Rent a kayak, canoe or rowing boat and paddle in the sheltered waters of Adrigole Harbour. Surrounded by mountains and on the edge of Bantry Bay, along the Wild Atlantic Way, the harbour is home to a colony of about 30 to 40 harbour seals. Come alone or with friends or family. No experience is needed as the boats are very stable and easy to paddle. Personal flotation devices are provided along with supervision as you paddle. Rent a wet suit if you wish. Enjoy a paddle and get to watch the wildlife up close.