Ballygally to Larne - 9kms With the tide and wind assistance yesterday we could easily have made it to Larne then. However our ferry booking was made for today and we didn't fancy our chances of finding a scenic campsite close to the ferry terminal. The 9 kilometer paddle was the easiest bit of the … Continue reading 11/6 Day 52 – The End!
Dunaff Pier to Inishowen Head - 53kms At Dunaff Pier we were fortunate to have been camping on flat freshly mowed grass. When we arrived last night things didn't look particularly promising by the pier so we walked up a track where we met a man outside his solitary, attractive cottage. We asked if he … Continue reading 08/6 Day 49 – The BIG One: Malin Head
Teelin to Inishkeel - 51kms Our longest time off the water so far - 3 days. Although it's very frustrating not being able to make progress it is probably these times of forced rest that we'll look back on as the essence of the trip. Desi, Paddy Byrne, Jack and the rest of the musical … Continue reading 04/6 Day 45 – Calm and dry to windy and wet
Kilcommon to Ballycastle - 44kms That's now four, two day weather breaks we've taken during this trip. Yet again we have been fortunate in our choice of stopover places. Betty at Kilcommon Lodge Holiday Hostel couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful. Washing, showers, breakfast and evening meals all catered for. All we had to … Continue reading 28/5 Day 38 – Kid, Stags and a Pig
Inishkeeragh to Clare Island - 54kms After the sunshine of the last few days the monochrome world we woke up to today was quite a shock. Our kayaks and paddling gear were the only things adding colour to an otherwise dreach morning. The rain had been coming down steadily most of the night and it … Continue reading 23/5 Day 33 – 50 shades of grey
Kilbaha to Doonbeg - 45 kms After our retreat from Loop Head a couple of days ago we spent yesterday morning weighing up the pros and cons of trying again. The weather was pretty much the same and it was always going to be a hard slog. However, the main event of yesterday was that … Continue reading 20/5 Day 30 – A little slice of home
Beginish to Brandon - 64kms Begin at the Beginish, go on to... Beginish, at Brandon stop. This was the basic gist of the advice offered to us by Mick O'Meara to David over the phone last night. I can just about imagine Mick as the King of Hearts but David as Alice is pushing things … Continue reading 16/5 Day 26 – King of Hearts
Galley Cove to Dursey Island - 38km The tides for going round Mizen Head favoured a later start so we'd agreed a lie in and planned to be on the water at 10. I awoke early as usual. The sun was getting up and the winds were light so it didn't make sense to stay … Continue reading 11/5 Day 21 – By Hook or by Crook
Kinsale to Dunworly Bay - 34km As Rob said, our stay at the Kinsale Outdoor Centre courtesy of Jon and Karen and the rest of the staff there was hugely welcome. As we set down to sleep at night listening to the rain outside we very happy that we weren't camping. I was also hugely … Continue reading 8/5 Day 18 – Horses for Courses
No paddling expected for a couple of days. We'll spend the time catching up on things from the comfort of an AirBnB in Portmagee: sleep, blog, food, guinness, etc...