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IRELAND - WEST COAST - numerous videos by Chris McDaid of Mayo, Donegal and Connemara.

GALWAY - Zoe Newsam's report on a wonderful trip to the islands off Galway, Ireland.

SW IRELAND - an illustrated trip report from NWSK's web site.

SOUTHERN IRELAND - trip reports from "A Novice Sea Kayakers Log Book" for 7 Heads and Old Head of Kinsale.(Illustrated)

HOLYHEAD (in Wales) TO DUN LAOGHAIRE (in Ireland) - trip report by Barry Shaw and Harry Whelan.



CRETE - PADDLING THE SOUTH COAST. Nice report by Paul Leitch from a 2014 trip.

WALKING WITH SHARKS - well illusrated report by Chris Scott on paddling in Shark Bay, Western Australia.

COSTA BRAVA - illustrated trip report by Phil Quill.

CASI UNA VUELTA a MENORCA by Phil Quill. Looks like some stunning paddling. Illustrated.

SOUTHWEST COSTA RICA - illustrated report by Rob Gibbert.

FALKLANDS - some pics by John Willacy.

MILOS looks nice! - pics from CSCC member's trip 6/04

BRITTANY - July / August 2004 - report & pics from Mark & Heather Rainsley's trip to Brittany in summer of 2004.

BEHM CANAL in Alaska - July 2004 - trip report by Tim Dawson. (illustrated)

BRITTANY SEPTEMBER 2003 - trip report by Jim Krawiecki. (illustrated)

THE SOUND OF DESOLATION - paddling in British Columbia, August 2003 - trip report by Mark Rainsley. (illustrated)



Canoe Association of Northern Ireland website - the official Association for Northern Ireland, affiliated to the BCU.

Irish Canoe Union's website - the official Association for Ireland. Affiliated to the International and European Canoe Federations

The Irish Sea Kayaking Association has an informative site and "independently represents sea-kayaking in Ireland".

Bing Maps will help you find places mentioned.

Planning your first multi-day trip? Mark Rainsley's article "a Special Kind of Freedom" is essential reading.

Anyone planning to kayak from Scotland to Northern Ireland might find this information and annotated images, from local paddler and Postman, John Ruston, extremely useful indeed.

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Kayak Trails / Route Plans / Guides to specif areas

North Coast Sea Kayak Trail - This 70 nautical mile route around Ireland's north-east corner offers varieties of rugged scenery and wildlife that are unique

Other sites with routes / trip reports

Sean Morley paddled round all the inhabited islands of UK in 2004 - a stunning trip, well documented here.

CanoeNI - suggestions on where to sea paddle in N.Ireland.

Canoe Focus have a variety of trip reports.

Matty's Tasmanian Aventures is worth a look - nice pics, some good write-ups of trips and a couple of "techy" articles.

Many of the bloggers have excellent pictures and write-ups of their trips - check the Other Sites page.

NWSK's web site has some reports on Welsh trips.

Bolton Canoe Club's is worth a look at for trip ideas.

Swaledale Outdoor Club has some excellent illustrated trip reports covering trips in a variety of locations.

Tasmania - hair raising pics & videos.

The Wild Coast contains "kayaking information for the British Columbia coast as drawn from the kayaking experiences of John Kimantas, author of The Wild Coast series of kayaking guidebooks".

PADDLING.NET's photo trip reports - very US orientated but worth a look.

Florida's Hidden Coast - Nick & Sandra Crowhurst's free downloadable book about the section of "Florida's Hidden Coast" between Cedar Key in the south and the Aucilla River in the north. They say it's a magical playground for the sea kayaker.

Sweden - is an excellent database of trip descriptions and maps for Sweden.

France - a crossing from Pointe de Kerdonis, Belle Ile to Plage Villes Martin, St Nazaire, some 72 Kilometers. The blogger, Colin Appleby, believes it to be the longest open crossing made in France.

Song of the Paddle, although dedicated to Open Canoes, provides a useful reference to places to paddle.

Local info

Local Centres & Kayak Hire

Weather & tides

"Easy Reference Sheet" - Scotland - (includes Belfast's operating area). Summary sheet with paddling speed calculators, wind speed chart, CG contact & MSI Broadcast Times, Marine VHF channels etc. Specific MSI and VHF details for Ireland are in this PDF produced by John Rushton - it prints at A4 and then folds up for laminating.

Ireland - Oileain, the Guide to the Irish Islands (in various forms, including a most excellent guidebook)

Alaskan "public use" cabins.

Great Sea Caves of Antrim - astonishing site with fascinating images from Northern Ireland.

Norway - discussion with a variety of links to useful information and planning sites.

Photography - The Geograph project aims to collect geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland - there are some useful coastal shots.

The entire coastline of the Irish Republic is now available online with continuous oblique helicopter photography (can be viewed as a slide show). Excellent!

East Coast of Ireland - Tidal flows.

Fuel names in various parts of the world - useful to know that meths is called "Husholdnings sprit" in Denmark or "Kondensfjerner" in Norway.

Discussions from the Community Pages

British Columbia


Brittany - surfing

Brittany - Southern Brittany

Corsica - "Girls go Round Corsica" - a video worth looking at.

Greece (Milos) - trip planning thoughts. More here

Greece - discussion with some nice pics of Chris Bolton's trip to the Cyclades.

Ireland - Galway area

Ireland - SW - Schull - good pics.

Lofoten - trip planning thoughts - map sources - many useful links


Norway - with pics.

Norway - Stavanger area - with pics

Nova Scotia - this post has several useful links for where to go and helpful resources.

Sweden - St Anna archipelago - with pics.

(Updated 06-Feb-2016 )