Kayak & Camp Trips

Pack your kayak, head to sea and enjoy a summer camping experience on a wild offshore island

Kingdom Camp & BBQ

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The Kingdom of Kerry

Mid Summer Night Kingdom Camp
Mid Summer Night Kingdom Camp

Come to the Kingdom of Kerry and enjoy an Irish Summer Night with a real difference. Shearwater SK is offering a “simmer dim” kayaking trip in a stunning location. We will combine it with a barbeque, an overnight camping experience, dramatic sea cliffs, seabirds and natural history “up close and personal” and all on a wild offshore island.

This is the essence of true sea kayaking so why not pack your boat, take to the sea and enjoy a very individual camping and kayaking adventure. As part of our overnight experience, we will include a night walk to seek and listen for one of Ireland’s most ephemeral natural history sounds. The call of Manx Shearwaters returning to their breeding colonies is both eerie and evocative. The sounds have intrigued and inspired both native and visiting writers for generations. Legend or myth, soothsayer, banshee or púca........ an unforgettable and not to be missed Shearwater experience awaits.

Puffin Island landing
Puffin Island landing

Cost

€190 for kayakers wishing to hire sea kayaking equipment.
€150 for kayakers who have their own sea kayaking equipment.

This includes :

  • Hire of all the necessary sea kayaking equipment, kayak, paddle, buoyancy aid, longjohn wetsuit and waterproof cagoule.
  • Evening BBQ meal and  breakfast al fresco on the island.  Please not that alcoholic beverages are not included.
  • Camping equipment may be rented at a nominal cost.  An equipment list will be sent out to participants close to the date

Proposed Schedule (weather dependent)

Mid-Summer Night Kayak & Camp
Mid-Summer Night Kayak & Camp

Day 1 Meet 1300hrs at Portmagee Harbour. Organize equipment before departure to our offshore island at 1700hrs. Set up camp, relax and walk the island and enjoy good barbequed food until late into the night.

Day 2 Depart the island 1030hrs. Enjoy a leisurely paddle along the awe inspiring Atlantic sculpted coastline before heading back to Portmagee at 1600hrs.

Suitable for Level 2/3 Kayakers.

Bookings

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Connemara Islands Camping Trip

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Camping amidst the ruins
Camping amidst the ruins

There are a multitude of islands on our western seaboard. In North Connemara, islands in realm of the legendary Pirate Queen like Inishbofin, Inishturk, Clare, Inishark, High Island, Davillaun, Turbot, and Caher are there to be discovered by sea kayak. On the South Connemara coast lie Oileán Mhic Dara, Oileán Máisean, Inis Mhúscraí. These islands are full of historic interest and natural history interest.

Connemara in summer is a riot of wildflower colour. The islands are particularly attractive with the purple and gold combination of western Gorse and purple heathers. The beaches see the return of Curlew, Sanderling, Redshank and Whimbrel from the Arctic breeding grounds while offshore the summer bloom of plankton and fish life is at its peak. This is the best month to see the massing of post breeding seabirds like Terns, Shearwaters and Petrels and there is always a chance of a real encounter with Porpoise, Dolphins and Basking Sharks.

Come with us on a camping expedition to the wilder side of Connemara.

Cost

€190 for kayakers wishing to hire sea kayaking equipment.
€150 for kayakers who have their own sea kayaking equipment.

Weekend Schedule (Weather dependent)

Saturday Meet 11am at a destination to be announced. Prepare the kayaks and head to sea. Enjoy an exploratory paddle before setting up camp and barbeque until late.
Sunday Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring the island then into the kayaks for another trip before returning to the mainland at 4-5pm.

Suitable for Level 2/3 Sea Kayakers.
Please email or call us if interested in this trip or if unsure of your ability level.

Bookings

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Inishkea Islands Camping Trip

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Inishkea North, Co. Mayo
Inishkea North, Co. Mayo

The Inishkea Islands, Mayo’s most north westerly island outposts are steeped in social and natural history. Abandoned in the early 1930s, the deserted ruins of the island villages stand witness to a once thriving community before the drowning tragedy of 1927 when 10 fishermen so tragically lost their lives. The remains of the Whaling Station set up by Norwegians in 1907 and the many early Christian monastic sites give the islands lots of added interest.

Today, the islands are better known as a wildlife habitat. During the spring and early summer, the machair is ablaze with wildflowers. The rich flora supports an amazing biodiversity of both insect and birdlife. The islands are especially rich in breeding waders and perhaps support the highest breeding density of species like Lapwing, Dunlin, Snipe, Redshank and Ringed Plover in Ireland. The evocative sound of “drumming” Snipe and plaintive calls of Lapwing make the islands a wonderful overnight camping experience.

Petr's Pantry
Petr's Pantry

Arctic and Common Terns breed annually and most of the regular seabirds can be seen on the island’s western cliffs. The islands merit a full exploration for the visiting sea kayaker as both contain fine beaches and rugged coastal scenery. The Inishkea islands hold the largest population of breeding Atlantic Grey Seal in Ireland and encounters with these Dolphins and Sunfish are not uncommon. In recent years, Corncrake have been heard calling on the islands during the summer months and from October to late April, the islands are home to thousands of Barnacle Geese from Greenland.

Cost

€190 for kayakers wishing to hire sea kayaking equipment.
€150 for kayakers who have their own sea kayaking equipment.

Weekend Schedule (Weather dependent)

Saturday Meet 11am Portmore Pier at south western tip of Belmullet. Prepare the kayaks and paddle for Inishkea South. Set up camp, have lunch and head out again on an exploratory paddle along the shore of the island. If conditions allow, we will cross to Inishkea North and go on a wildlife exploratory trip. Camp and barbeque until late.
Sunday Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring the island then into the kayaks for another trip before returning to the mainland at 4-5pm.

Suitable for Level 2/3 Sea Kayakers.
Please email or call us if interested in this trip or if unsure of your ability level.

Bookings

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Donegal Islands Camping

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Inís Bó Finne
Inís Bó Finne

The Donegal coastline is one of Ireland’s finest sea kayaking destinations. The county has a wonderful mixture of dramatic cliffs, superb beaches, rugged headlands and a beautiful array of islands that lure and reward exploration by sea kayak. From Slieve League to Malin Head, Donegal offers constant challenges, surprises and outstanding sea kayaking.

Inis Duiche
Inis Duiche

Donegal and it’s islands have a very special habitat for wildlife that is at it’s best during the summer months. The machair is one of Ireland’s rarest and richest habitat types. It is species rich in plant and invertebrate life and also attracts breeding birds like Dunlin, Snipe, Redshank and Lapwing. Donegal is also the best location to hear the rare and endangered Corncrake, a bird that has disappeared from much of the rest of Ireland. Amongst the Donegal Islands, Grey and Common Seals, Otter and Bottle-nose Dolphins are regularly seen while Sunfish and Basking Shark and occur on those special days.

Cost

€190 for kayakers wishing to hire sea kayaking equipment.
€150 for kayakers who have their own sea kayaking equipment.

Weekend Schedule (Weather dependent)

Saturday Meet 11am at a destination to be announced which will depend on the forecasted weather. Prepare the kayaks and head to sea. Enjoy an exploratory paddle before setting up camp on an offshore island and barbeque until the “wee hours”.
Sunday Another day of discovery and exploration. Enjoy a birdlife tour when we land on deserted islands, improve your kayaking skills in more exposed wind and wave conditions before arriving back at base 4-5pm.

Suitable for Level 2/3 Sea Kayakers.
If unsure about your ability level, send us an email to discuss

Bookings

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We're sorry - there are no upcoming Donegal Islands Camping trips. However we are always adding new dates so please check this page again soon.



West Cork Camping

The mighty Atlantic and beyond!
The mighty Atlantic and beyond!

There is without doubt a distinctiveness to the islands of West Cork. The subtle combinations of geology, Armorican folding and the contrasting colours of Old Red Sandstone and Limestone are unique to this area. The islands directional trend is to seemingly run away to the south west, all pointing towards the distinctive Fastnet Rock and the mightly Atlantic Ocean beyond..

Under the Fastnet Rock
Under the Fastnet Rock

The coast of West Cork is long renowned to be on the migration routes of Whales, Dolphins, Turtles and Sunfish as they congregate to feed on the summer flush of marine life off the coast. The long distant Shearwaters from the South Atlantic time their arrival off Ireland’s South West coast to also co-incide with the summer harvest. The breeding seabirds of the Kerry colonies on the Blaskets, Skelligs and Maharees islands also do a “daily commute” past West Cork’s islands, often as far as the Celtic Sea before returning each evening to their home colonies. This action is fascinating to witness from sea level, a “must do” experience for sea kayakers.

Cost

€190 for kayakers wishing to hire sea kayaking equipment.
€150 for kayakers who have their own sea kayaking equipment.

Weekend Schedule (Weather dependent)

Saturday Meet 11am at a destination to be announced which will depend on the forecasted weather. Prepare the kayaks and head to sea. Explore the deeply indented coastline, land on hidden beaches and deserted islands. Set up camp late on an offshore island and enjoy a barbeque and camp fire until the late hours.
Sunday Explore, discover another part of this wild coastline. Improve your kayaking skills in more exposed wind and wave conditions before arriving back at base 4-5pm.

Suitable for Level 2/3 Sea Kayakers.
If unsure about your ability level, send us an email to discuss

Bookings

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We're sorry - there are no upcoming West Cork Camping trips. However we are always adding new dates so please check this page again soon.