Irish Canoe Kayak run trips on various sections of the Barrow from Athy down to where it meets the Sea at Dunmore East, Co. Waterford.
The Barrow Classic (Graiguenamagh to St. Mullins)
This trip is an absolute classic and one that most kayakers in the south east will have done some time in there paddling careers it is a great little run consisting of 5 weirs and 2 Rapids broken by stunning sections of Mirror Like water where you encounter various forms of wild life from the Herring to the Stunning King Fisher and the Otters which occasionally pop up to say hello. And if you don’t fancy the white water sections we can bypass them by using the 200 year old canal system where you will experience what it is like to go up and down in the locks passing through the Lock gates.
This trip involves a shuttle at the start so we have transport at the end in St Mullins where you can have a tea or Coffee or some homemade cakes or breads in the Café right at the get out. This trip can be done in Kayaks or Canoes we will advise you on what we feel is best for your group at time of booking!
Tour Duration Roughly 4 Hours
The Clash Trip is another Barrow classic and is where we use most frequently for our teaching and coaching courses as the features lend themselves so well to this. This section of he River Barrow also lends itself to the perfect trip area if you are a first timer or just looking for a 2-3 hour experience with no hassle of having to do Shuttles at the start.
This tour involves 2 weirs and 2 sets of rapids, Starting in a old canal Harbour we will show you how to control the kayaks or canoes so that you can make the most of the trip from here we will then bring you up through the lock gates which raise us up about 4 meters to river level from here we will encounter our first weir. Each of the weirs can be run multiple times and you guide on the day will make a call as to which would be more suitable to do afew times and show you different ways to tackle it should you wish to try it out. After the weirs we are into the first set of Rapids a long 150-200 meter long rapid we pull in at the end of the rapid and if you are not wet yet well now its time for that to change as we show you the skill of Defensive swimming a technique used by paddlers the world over to keep themselves safe while swimming down a rapid. You guide will make the final decision on whether or not it is suitable for your group to do on the day of your trip. From here its back in the boats down one more rapid and then into the canal to make use of the lock gates and have a chilled out paddle to the top!
Trip Duration 3 hours!
Viking Trail Tour
This Tour is Based out of Waterford and starts and Stops at either Waterford Castle Or Granny depending on the tides, You will be advised upon booking.
The tour takes you along the same route the Vikings used when they founded Waterford in the 9th century and the route that many others used to invade Waterford in the coming Centuries.
You will take in Waterford Castle, The river vies of the tree lined valley, Reginalds tower, views of the city from the river, Rice Bridge and Paddle Under the New Motorway Bridge. Along the way wildlife such as Porpoise, Otters, Herrings, swans and other bird and wild life!
Pick Ups from Hotels in Waterford can Be arranged at time of booking.
If you’re a Native Waterford person ask about our Locals go Free Scheme!
Trip Duration 2.5-3 hours
Copper Coast Tour
This tour is based on the copper coast which is a stretch of the Waterford Coastline which is littered with coastal features such as caves, sea stacks and small islands. All of which are accessible from stunning beaches which are dotted along the coastline. The trip will start and stop from the one area which will be finalised on the morning of your trip depending on what the weather is doing and your guide will make a decision on the location.
Once all kitted up we will head out on the water and go explore the caves, it makes you feel like you are a treasure hunter no matter what age you are!
Trip duration 3 hours
Finding Nemo trip: (Kayak fishing)
This is our new trip for 2012 and it takes in 2 of our favourite things to do on our evenings off kayaking and fishing. You will meet with your guide who will kit you out and then you will kayak along the coast whilst fishing on the move while we call this trip Finding Nemo we are really after the Delicious Mackerel which can be found off the coast of Waterford.
Best of both worlds you get a kayaking rip I on a stunning coastline and hopefully you bag yourself so fresh fish. If you catch some fish we have 2 options we will gut them and bag them for you or we can cook them up on the beach the choice is yours!
Location of this trip will be decided on by your guide who will use their Knowledge of the fish movements and what the weather and tide are doing!
Trip duration 2 Hours (May run on longer depending on how many fish we have to gut & eat)
IrishCanoeKayak run trips and tours along the Nore from Kilkenny the whole way down until it meets the Barrow just past Inistioge, Co Kilkenny.
We can run trips which are 2 days long to 2 hours long and everything in-between along the Nore passing Through Kilkenny city (Under the castle walls), Bennettsbridge, Mount Juliet, Thomastown, Browns Barn and Inistioge
The river consists of stunning scenery and amazing wildlife with Natural rapids and the Occasional Weir!
We run guided tours from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary down to Dunmore East, Co. Waterford. Contact us for more info on these areas or check out our 2 Named Trips on the Suir!
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