Our Roots

Sligo Kayak Tours is a small, locally-owned and operated business which strives to be an industry leader in sustainable tourism. We are committed to giving our clients an authentic, enriching experience through which we hope to foster a love for the natural world and conserve it for future generations.

Whenever possible we keep our groups small in an attempt to minimise environmental impact on the fragile ecosystems that we visit, and to build a stronger personal connection to these places.

Paddling in a small group ensures clients get an authentic wildlife experience on our tours. It also helps to minimise noise and stress placed on all those living in the natural environment.

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Your Guides

Sligo Kayak Tours - Your Guide

Owner Barry Mottershead grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. His life revolves around the outdoors and the ocean and at the age of eighteen he came to Ireland on a surfing holiday and fell in love with the culture, waves and scenery of Co. Sligo.

He has lived in the area for 17 years and is passionate about exploring the coastline and mountains that are on offer. An enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable attitude makes Barry the perfect guide for your sea kayaking adventures.

Barry has the following marine-related qualifications:

  • Level II ICU Kayak Instructor
  • Rescue Emergency Care First Aid Certificate
  • ISA Surf Instructor
  • ISA Surf Lifeguard
  • Child Protection Certificate
  • RYA Yachtmaster
  • STCW 95 Certificate
  • Professional Big Wave Surfer


Caroline Finn was born in Sligo and started kayaking 15 years ago whilst studying in UCD. She has spent a few years living in South Korea and Kosovo where she taught English. She is now back in Ireland and has just graduated as an Occupational Therapist and spends a lot of time outdoors enjoying running, cycling and hiking. Caroline brings a fantastic attitude and happiness to all her kayak tours.

Eamonn Briel grew up on the mountains, rivers and lakes of the northwest. He has spent over 12 years guiding and coaching kayaking at home and abroad. He has studied Outdoor Pursuits and Recreation and also holds a Regional Guide Certificate from LYIT. He is currently doing an RYA Yachtmaster course locally and is the perfect person to show you all the hidden corners of County Sligo.