Stand Up Paddle & Free Camp
The Coast of Kenmare Bay
2020 Dates: May 14 - 17
Jun 11 - 14
Aug 27 - 30
Duration: 3.5 days / 3 nights
2.5 days of SUP
Challenge yourself on a truly excetional adventure! Experience Ireland in a whole different way. Glide through the crystal water, camp under the stars, and explore the Ring of Kerry as never before. Discover the real Ireland, the people, the food, the wildlife and the raw natural beauty.
Anyone who has been camping before will tell you about the sense of exhilaration and refreshment you get after a few days in the wilderness. And anyone who has been stand up paddle boarding before will tell you about the sense of calm, peace and achievement you gain after spending some time on the open water. This adventure is the perfect opportunity to escape the humdrum of daily life and reassert your own sense of wonder, awe and physical prowess.
Have you ever gone on a hike through a beautiful place, sunlight dappling the ground through the canopy above, and found something wonderful and unexpected? That sense of childlike delight and excitement, that sense of discovery, that is what you will find while paddling through the waters of Kenmare Bay.
Kenmare Bay is located in the South West of Ireland on the stunning 'Ring of Kerry' and the Wild Atlantic Way, bordered by the Iveragh Peninsula on one side and the Beara Peninsula on the other. Kenmare Bay is a Special Area of Conservation and the area abounds with history, wildlife and the rugged terrain Ireland is so well known for. The surrounding area boasts castles, ring forts, stone circles, and a wide array of wildlife, including seals, dolphins, white tailed sea eagles, and the potential otter!
The sheltered location offers perfect paddle conditions with plenty of inlets and islands to explore along the way. Our top of the line equipment, wetsuits, boards, paddles, buoyancy aids, will keep you warm and paddling happy while our tents and sleeping bags are perfect for a good night's sleep al fresco. We've got you covered.
The weather during an Irish Summer is never too hot nor too cold. The temperature hovers around 20°C (68°F) during the day with up to 17 hours of daylight at the Summer Solstice. Sea temperatures can reach up to 16°C (60°F) in August.
Trip style: SUP Touring / 3 nights camping
Activities: Stand Up Paddle boarding, exploring, wildlife spotting, meeting locals, history, ecology, and much much more!
Max Group Size: 8 people
Min age: 18 (15 if accompanied by a parent/guardian)
Fitness Level: Moderate
SUP Skill Level Required: Prior SUP experience recommended but not required - around 15km covered each day
Commencement: Sneem, Co. Kerry
Arrival Location: Killarney - easily accessible by plane, train, and bus
Day 1 - Thursday: Collection from Kerry Airport and/or Killarney that afternoon. On your transfer to Sneem, you will pass through the Killarney National Park and beautiful Molls Gap before crossing the mountains and getting a first look at the sea. Upon arrival at camp you will find a delicious meal simmering over a roaring camp fire. After getting acquainted with all your fellow paddlers and eating your fill, the tents will be waiting.
Day 2 - Friday: After a good night's sleep and eating a hearty breakfast we'll set off on our SUP boards ready for a day of exploring. When we launch in the morning, we will be paddling through the islets surround Parknasilla Resort and Spa, a converted old mid 18th Century castle. One of the islands even has its very own seal colony! We'll stop for a picnic lunch along the way as we work our way up the bay. After setting up camp, another tasty hot meal will be prepared.
Day 3 - Saturday: Similar to the previous day, we'll get ready and set off in the morning, keeping an eye on the coast. As we continue along our journey, we will paddle a short way up the Blackwater River, a Special Area of Conservation and home to some rare fresh water pearl mussels, all under the watchful gaze of the towering Macgilicuddy Reeks. Eventually we will find our way to the Greenane Islands to set up camp for the night.
Day 4 - Sunday: Sunday will start off the same. The final stretch of our paddle will see us passing by Dromore Castle and An Culu, a modern day fairy-tale style castle, complete with a private pier. By around lunch time we'll find ourselves in Kenmare with our adventure complete. A farewell lunch will take place before jumping back on the shuttle bus and being transferred back to Killarney or Kerry Airport.
3 nights camping
Tea, coffee, snacks
All SUP equipment
All Camping equipment
Transfers at start and finish to Killarney
Certified SUP Instructors and Beach Life Guard
Airfare/Transport to and from Killarney, Ireland
Personal belongings and luggage
Personal travel insurance, medicine, and spending money
Day 5 - Monday: Return to work with a heap of photos to make your colleagues jealous or continue on your holiday, a little brighter, a little bolder, and ready to take on the world!
Booking and Cancellation:
Deposit of €150 required at the time of booking
Full payment is due 30 days prior to scheduled start date.
If cancellation takes place up to 60 days before scheduled start date - 50% of deposit is refunded.
If cancellation takes place 59-30 days before scheduled start date - no refund of deposit.
If cancellation occurs less than 30 days before the trip - no refund.
Due to the weather dependent nature of stand up paddle boarding there is a small chance that we will be unable to paddle on one or more of the scheduled days. In this scenario, never fear! We have some great alternative plans set in motion for just such an occasion. These include, but are not limited to, hiking parts of The Kerry Way, visiting country pubs with local storytellers and musicians, and historical and ecological sightseeing. We are ready for anything! The local knowledge of the tour guides mean that a fantastic time will be had regardless of whether we are paddle boarding the whole time or not.
Please Note: This is a rare occurrence!