Brandon Pier to Kilbaha 44km- mouth of the Shannon Great little pier (and pub) at Brandon, Mick O' Meara slagged us off within minutes of us hitting the Quay... (the joys of WiFi and SPOT, every sly pint noted and commented upon) having suggested the very thing! A v friendly guy gave us his yard … Continue reading 17/5- Day 27 Kerry to Clare
Strong SE winds ushered us in here to Portmagee and a little phone research yielded an air bnb ideal for a lay over. For 2 days the wind has been consistently F5 gusting 7 with bright sunlight. Sharing a large purpose built house with French and German tourists, of our vintage was a pleasure. A … Continue reading 13-14/5-Days 23/24- off the water
We were pleased yesterday to get a pretty reasonable crossing to Dursey in easy conditions, apart from 2 hrs of damn headwinds, 6 1/2 hrs broke no records and our bodies are beginning to grumble after 15 consecutive days. Dursey has a great cable car across the sound,made of meccano but v effective. Sheep is … Continue reading 12/5 Day 22- Downwind seas, scenery and Skelligs
Dunworly Bay to Castletownshend 32km We're getting behind on these blogs, long days and reasonable weather compresses the camp time! So this is brief- we got on at a dreadful hour, paddled till the hands hurt even more, came ashore and put up the sopping tent and ate slept and did it all again... Done! … Continue reading 9/5 Day 19 – going head to Toe
52km Mine Head to Gyleen beach We set off early to get round Ardmore point and do the longish crossing of Youghal Bay to Drum a Doon Head. The pace was good probably because I was singing the only song I know about Youghal and the other two had every reason to crack on ahead. … Continue reading 6/5 Day 16 – intercepted by Customs
3/5 Day 13 - Carnsore to Hook Its Friday, the13th day, and a spell of settled weather and strong tides ('the sluice') have got us round the corner where the Irish sea squeezes out between Pembroke and Carnsore Having effortlessly knocked a hole in my hull in completely calm water last night, expertly patched up … Continue reading 3/5 Day 13 – Saltee crossings
A wonderful reception from my friends the Pattons, and remarkable ingenuity from Sarah and Connor in finding shore side storage, thank you so much to the Cullen family , the 3 kayaks became a garden feature giving a contemporary feel to counterpoint with the crenellated mansionette and box hedge. A testament to the power of … Continue reading 30/4 Day 10- Kilcoole Station–Battlements and battling to Bray.