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The South West & West Coasts of Ireland are incredibly special places. Rich in history and wild in spirit and coastline. There are many off shore islands to explore with stunning scenery, caves, cliffs, small harbours and ancient history and even the occasional Irish Pub. This stunning part of Ireland will more than likely capture a piece of your soul. The West Coast is exposed to the wild Atlantic Ocean and its dramatic swells. Paddling in these conditions or taking advantage of the calmer inshore waters which provide a sanctuary in stronger winds with beautiful bays and beaches. Always on the look-out for wildlife encounters, we have seen Orca, Minke whales, porpoises, dolphins, sun fish and an abundance of birdlife along this coastline. We can never guarantee any sightings of course! There is an abundance of wild camping on the islands and if we are lucky we’ll find some drift wood for a memorable camp fire. We aim to provide you with an Unforgettable Experience. There will be plenty of opportunities to improve and practice your navigation skills, on and off the water. We will try to circumnavigate some islands we cross to and try and have time to explore the islands by foot as well.
This expedition is expected to be a wild camping journey and will allow for at least 5 days of paddling, as a general guide Sunday will be paddle day one. We will be self-contained, camping from our kayaks for the week. Although there may be the occasional option for eating out, you should bring sufficient provisions with you for 6 nights, bearing in mind living outdoors and spending full days on the water can increase your appetite. It is always a good idea to have a plentiful supply of snacks, so you don’t go hungry!
The weather will dictate our final location and destinations and bad weather options of day trips may be an alternative option.
Nigel Dennis & Eila Wilkinson, Tidal Waters, The Old Chandlery, Newry Beach Road, Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, LL65 1YD Tel: +44(0)1407765550 Email: [email protected]
Dates & timings. This trip is expected to depart early on Saturday morning. You may choose to book accommodation for the evening before / night when we arrive back – let us know if you do and we can provide details. We aim to be check in for the morning ferry on Saturday 16th July at 08:00. Our return sailing will arrive into Holyhead at midnight on Saturday 23rd.
What equipment do I need?
You will need to be self-contained for the expedition and we will provide a kit list at the time of booking confirmation. There are some items we may be able to provide for you. We highly recommend you bring kit that you have tried and tested before. You will reap the benefits to arriving on this expedition with the confidence that your equipment works well and you know how to use it.
What’s included? Leaders and Expedition Guides will be Eila Wilkinson / Nigel Dennis. Occasionally we have need to bring in recommended sponsored SKUK paddlers.
Transportation by ferry and road from Holyhead to the West coast of Ireland and back. Cost also includes the hire of a composite Sea kayaking UK kayak if required. If you wish to bring your own kayak, please let us know at time of booking, restrictions may apply. We can supply som other kit -ask at time of booking!
What’s not included? Cost does not include accommodation/ camping or any food/ beverages that will be extra. Occasionally there may be an option to book into a B&B due to adverse weather conditions. Most of our camping will be wild camping. We will provide details of these possible costs at time of booking. Most wild camping is free some times, with nominal costs at times