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Kayaking in West Cork

Discover West Cork on a Kayak

We are delighted to have co-operated with our colleagues at Atlantic SeaKayaking to create a number of Kayaking options to suit all ages and levels of competency. From half days to full days, dawn kayaks and midnight kayaks, there really is something for everyone.
Moonlight Kayaking (2.5 hours)
One of our most magical and  popular kayaking experiences, a moonlight paddle starts one hour before darkness. This gives your eyes and brain a chance to adjust, and a little time to get used to the kayak. You'll be surprised how easy it is to navigate your way around. There is always something to make you gasp on the moonlight kayak trip, whether it be the silhouette of the seabirds on the bank, the red sunset, the whole panoply of stars overhead, the moonlight reflected on the water, or, at certain times of year, the astonishing bio-luminescence. This is a light  emitted by marine life, which, from the paddler’s point of view, causes the water to light up around your paddle in 1,000 tiny lights. The trip takes place in the safety of either Castlehaven  Harbour or Lough Hyne. We encourage our paddlers to slip silently into the night and take advantage of the increased awareness of sound, which is a special element of paddling in the darkness. More Information

Dawn Chorus Kayak (2 hours)
Between March and the beginning of July, in the twilight before sun rise, beautiful bird songs fill the air.. Before the sun rises, birds cannot search for food as it is too dark. Instead they defend and mark out their territory, and attract female mates as it is the males who generally sing their unique bird songs. In parts of Ireland with a bit of careful listening you can pick out many different bird songs from a whole chorus. We are lucky in West Cork to have one such magical place. It is a sheltered inlet surrounded on both sides by woods and has a natural echo so the sounds are magnified. There is nothing more beautiful than to drift unobtrusively in a kayak and listen to the birds world wakening up with the dawn. More information
Seaweed Foraging Experience
A really unique, eco friendly and educational experience.
If you are a beginner we quickly teach you the basics required to manage a kayak.
Using the kayaks we gain access to areas where sea weeds grow in abundance. We learn to identify then, how to SUSTAINABLY harvest them and during lunch time on some remote area we cook up some of the seaweeds we have found. What a TRULY natural organic food source we are surrounded by. This is a day of fun adventure and discovery.