Hi, it’s Michelle here! Last weekend, we decided to head to Lough Derg to enjoy the great weather we’re having in Ireland. Nestled between counties Clare, Tipperary and Galway, Lough Derg’s 179km of idyllic shoreline boasts something for everyone. We decided to take to the water by kayak.
We booked a kayaking tour with ‘My Next Adventure’ based in Killaloe. The tour we chose was called The Brian Ború Experience, which meant we got to spend about two hours on the water – the perfect amount of time. There were four of us in our group and we had a private guide, because there was a larger group booked to go out at the same time.
You can choose from renting a single kayak, double kayak or a canoe. Due to Covid-19, the company does not provide wetsuits right now, so we made sure we were dressed accordingly.
The Brian Ború Experience is for all skill levels so if you were a beginner, your guide would go through everything you need to know before you get in the water – happy days!
Before you head onto Lough Derg, there was time to do some pier jumping for those who wanted to. From here, our guide helped us through the lock gates which lead you into the wide-open Lough Derg. Wow! I recommend taking a moment just to appreciate the view right here. Then as we kayaked on the lake, our guide told us all about the history of Brian Boru and about the historic towns of Killaloe and Ballina.
Lough Derg unfolds over 40km from its northern reaches in Portumna to its southern sweep in Killaloe/Ballina. The lively towns and villages that dot the shoreline boast their own unique charm, extend the warmest welcomes and delight with fantastic local food.
The scenery here was gorgeous and having a sunny day only enhanced the beauty and landscape that surrounds the lake.
We spent a leisurely two hours exploring the area and hearing all about the history of the area. Towards the end of the trip, we entered a part of the lake that was incredibly quiet and tranquil. There were no other boats or kayakers around, so we got a chance to take in our surroundings and enjoy nature. I absolutely loved this section.
From here, we kayaked back to the starting point through an ancient canal.
It canal was peaceful and filled with wildlife, including a turtle who made a brief appearance!
The views really were majestic and it was so calming and fun to be out on the water – we loved it.
Whether you are traveling Ireland from another country or as a staycationer, participating in an outdoor activity is a great way to see more of Ireland and experience the beauty the country has to offer.
We arrange kayaking all around the island of Ireland, as well as many other great outdoor activities! You can check out some other Adventures and Activities that we can arrange for you.
Alternatively, you can send me an email at [email protected] and I would love to tell you more about the activities offered and help organise your Ireland vacation or staycation!