Monday 1 May 2017

Best Irish Adventure: Here's the activity you most want to do in 2017!

Reader Travel Awards 2017

Group Kayaking at Dalkey Islands, Dublin
Group Kayaking at Dalkey Islands, Dublin
Group Kayaking at Dalkey Island, Dublin
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

What about mountain biking, coasteering or sea-kayaking? Let the world know about your favourite Irish adventure!

Winner: Sea kayaking

Could Ireland be the next New Zealand? We think it already is.

Activity tourism is worth some €1.2 billion a year to the economy, according to Fáilte Ireland, and your answers in this category ranged from coasteering to “dodging the sheep on the road while driving”, from remote mountain bike trails to Tayto Park and a growing number of adventure centres in places as diverse as Kenmare, Carlingford and Castlecomer.

Sea-kayaking was voted your No.1 Irish adventure.

Our judges marvelled over your tales of paddling in Waterford, Dingle, Moville, the Blessington Lakes, Dalkey, the Moy estuary and more. You kayaked into caves off Achill Island, along beaches in Wexford, noting how stable sea kayaks are, and that you don’t need to be able to swim or paddle to give it a go.

And then there is Jim Kennedy’s Atlantic Sea Kayaking.

Jim’s name just kept coming up — his trips in West Cork, his stories, his way with people and his genuine grá for this burgeoning activity.

Together with his wife Maria and team, Jim has almost single-handedly brought the notion of ‘sea-kayaking’ from an exotic sport to a unique, thrilling and accessible-to-all adventure off the Irish coast.

For an extra-special outing, book a night-kayaking trip.

Paddling out beneath the stars, you may even see bioluminescent plankton flickering below the water’s surface. The trip is a “fabulous adventure made all the better by Jim’s stories,” you told us — “tranquil”, “truly unforgettable and stunning” and “a brilliant asset to West Cork” that “will stay with you forever”.

“Jim will instantly make you feel like an old friend.”

“Sea kayaking around the coast and islands and by night in Lough Hyne West Cork. The algae glows in the dark like our own 'northern lights'.”

A parting note: “Maria and Jim helped my fiancé organise our engagement during a night time kayak on Lough Hyne,” one of you tMore from our Reader Travel Awards:old us. “They went above and beyond, and the personal touches they added just made it an amazing memory.” Congratulations!

Details: 028 21058; atlanticseakayaking.com

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