Canoeing/Kayaking & Rowing
Tackle the rush and gush of Ireland’s rapids and weirs for a pure dose of adrenaline. In Ireland, canoeing is a yearlong activity with the different seasons offering a phenomenal variety of options.
- Testing your nerves with a rollercoaster ride to remember. In winter, slalom and white water racing takes place on the Liffey, the Lagan, the Barrow, the Nore and countless rivers laced throughout the land.
- Paddling through Ireland’s picturesque countryside with a leisurely, laid-back canoe tour.
- Sea kayaking along an inspiring coastline dotted with remote islands that are ripe for discovery. Head to approved centres along the Atlantic Coast in Galway, Clare and Cork, and test your stamina and courage.
- The Liffey Challenge near Dublin in September, when the river swells and you compete against some of the world's greatest paddlers and rowers, as well as thundering surf and foaming walls of water.
- The first dedicated canoe trail in the UK, the Lough Erne Canoe Trail is a 50km trail linking Upper and Lower Lough Erne with the Shannon Waterway.
The 58km Lower Bann Canoe Trail is a unique way to experience this beautiful river and is suitable for canoeing enthusiasts of all abilities. From the trail’s head at Toome to the last stretch towards the Atlantic Ocean, the river is steeped in history dating back to Mesolithic times. Other boating and canoeing opportunities are available on the Lower River Bann