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So - SW Ireland - for a week. Where would you go, why, and when? I'm thinking Roaring Water Bay, and possible the like of Bantry Bay, Kerry. Mike

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Hi Mike,

You won't go wrong with Roaring Whitewater Bay. It caters for all level of paddling. Sheltered paddling in around the islands (Sherkin etc) and also if the weather is really good you could try the Fastnet and out the back of Cape Clear Island. There are hostels on both Sherkin and Clear Island if you don't fancy camping but want to do some sort of offshore stuff. You should check out the book 'Oileain' (means Island in Gaeilge) which is the definitive guide to Irish coastal paddling. It is available to view online http://www.oileain.org/

According to Kiwi weather guru Ken Ring we are going to have a fantastic summer over here and cites "April 16 to April 25, May 12 to May 19 and June 17 to 25 as optimum times for booking a week in the sun in Ireland." Check it out here http://www.independent.ie/weather/weath ... 40259.html

Have a good trip!

Steve

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Another vote for Roaringwater Bay and for Oileain. There is plenty to see in Roaringwater Bay and Oileain will tell you all you need to know. You've got options there if the weather isn't kind which helps.

If you are a little further to the east don't miss a trip around the Old Head of Kinsale. If the conditions are right you can get into the tunnels that connect the east and west bays. It's a fantastic paddle and has wildlife, rock formations, caves and tunnels all in a short distance.

In Kerry the Blaskets would make a challenging trip. You could base yourself on the main island and do other trips from there. I've only been out on the 'ferry'. It was years ago and the first time I realised the sea could be hilly. A week might be pushing it for a weather window though. A day paddle around the end of the Dingle peninsula would be fantastic.

I don't think there is a specific good time to visit. The seasons blur into a warmish wet mix. Ignore Ken Ring in favour of WindGuru and the latest hourly observations from Met.ie. Dear old Ken thinks that, 'Dolphins beam sonar signals to the Moon'.

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Hi Mike, all of the above AND County Clare.....about 20 of us from the East coast Kayaking club stayed in Querrin earlier last year and paddled around Loop Head,launching from Kilbaha, in fairness we were very lucky to get around it on such a calm day, it can be a bit of a challenge, the cliffs are amazing and we got to go between them and Grainne and Diarmuids rock, very rare.....also the Bridges of Ross are in the area, all in all a fine spot to paddle. It is also possible to cross the Shannon Estuary, from Clare over to County Kerry and go around to Ballybunion, but it is a fair paddle....anyway enjoy the trip, there is much to see all over.
http://www.loopheadclare.com/tourism%7C ... -page.html

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Indeed, West Cork it has to be - don't forget Loch Hyne (sea lake) and if you are up for a spot of surfing , Garryvoe (Kinsale), Ownahincha (Clonakilty) and Barleycove. For a challenge, there is always the Fastnet, and round the Mizen. Dunmanus Bay (the north side of the Mizen), is isolated, spectacular and brooding, and well worth the 5 mile detour! Glengarriff is worth a visit too... For some inspiration:

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Errrr, no mention of the Skelligs so far? Should be high on any sea kayakers 'to do' list

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All good - thanks all - keep em coming.

As it happens, the family home was on Dunmanus Bay (near Durrus) so it too is sort of in the plan, as is Bantry and Glengarrif - where abouts were those pics taken Ceegee please?

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Hi Mike, in answer see below. You have a PM too

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Just offshore Loch Hyne, N51.48361 W9.28408

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Furze Island, Dunmanus Bay, N51.56570 W9.65286

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Garinish Island, Glengarrif N51.73996 W9.54134

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Toor pier, Dunmanus, N51.49706 W9.80196
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Hi Mike,

There is lots of "easy" paddling, including some "challenging but safe" routes.

I particularly recommend the North side of the Mizen, from Doneen to Durrus yellow route (and the crossing over to Akhista - the Tin Pub serves a good pint and the gardens are at the water's edge. About 300m west of the pier - all corrugated iron).

From Toormore to Schull, round Castle Point and Goat island, the west end of Long Island is impressive when swell is running, up to Copper Point and into Schull (blue route, shuttle needed) - great fish & chips at the fish plant on Schull pier, the "yachties" gather for a pint in Newmans on Pier Road.

Schull to Baltimore - 10 miles each way, I've done there and back no problem, green route as it is a very long shuttle via Skibbereen (40 miles each way). Take in the offshore side of Castle Island (beware boomers around Amelia rock if swell is running, go via and land on the Carthy's, lots of seals but take care with nesting birds on the main island.

The Calves and Heir island, either via Schull or Baltimore (red route) - great wild camping on East Skeam, and the Calves, and the Carthy's if forecast is good.

Or indeed any combination of the above (round Cape Clear and Mizen are a bit more of a challenge). Tide ranges are around 4m springs and flows rarely exceed 2kt, except in the Ilen river mouth and between Sherkin/Cape - Gascannane sound.

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