Not everyone has had the pleasure of getting out to enjoy nature on a kayak.
The information below will help you get the most from your kayak tour.
Kayaking is a form of paddling where the user sits into the boat and uses a two-sided paddle to propel themselves through the water.
Kayaking is a very safe pastime, our kayaks are purpose built for stability. No experience is required for our kayak tours, our trips are designed to cater to all levels of experience and abilities. The majority of people who join our tours are first time kayakers.
There is no maximum number for our tours, however we prefer to keep our groups small. This ensures that our environmental footprint is as light as possible, and that everyone has an authentic wildlife experience.
Sligo Kayak Tours caters to all ages of paddlers - people from ages 8 to 85 have been comfortable on our tours. Those concerned with being in ‘their older years’ please contact us to discuss their physical abilities. Generally we like paddlers to be over the age of 10 but where parents are present, its fine for younger children to accompany them.
You will need to bring the following with you:
Towel, spare change of clothes, an old pair of running shoes that can get wet or wetsuit boots, a warm jumper or hoodie, a sunhat or warm hat depending on the weather, suncream, sunglasses.
On the day you will be supplied with the following:
Kayak, Life jacket, paddle, splashproof jacket, spraydeck and wetsuits will be provided during winter months and on more demanding paddles. We will also provide you with a drybag to store your important items such as mobile phone, car keys, wallet.
If its raining we will still paddle, within reason. The main element that will hinder us on the water is the wind. Our kayak routes are designed to be paddled in just about any wind direction and still offer the paddler a pleasant trip, although as the weather is changeable we try to make the call either a day previous to your paddle or on the morning of the paddle. We will notify you of the decision by calling you on the telephone number supplied at the time of booking and you can reschedule for another day.
Due to demand, if you cancel more than 48 hours before your paddle we will refund your booking fee. However if your cancellation takes place less than 48 hours before your scheduled paddle, we are more than happy to reschedule your paddle for another day.
Our premises is based on the shores of beautiful Lough Gill - for us to travel to other routes (Glencar Lake, Dernish Island, Ballisodare Bay) takes a considerable amount more time and effort, and it is this that the price reflects.