With the wind in your sails, check your sheets as it’s time to experience a voyage around Ireland
Just as you’d expect from an island, Ireland has a long and distinguished tradition of sailing and the Irish take seafaring matters very seriously indeed.
It’s no surprise that the oldest yacht club in the world, the Royal Cork Yacht Club, was founded in 1720, and Ireland’s seas and lakes, clear waters, generous breezes and remarkable natural beauty have made it a favorite place to sail.
To get started, check out a sailing school to suit your ability. Or if you already know how to sail, why not charter a yacht and sample what are regarded as some of the finest cruising grounds in Europe.
Ireland regularly hosts prestigious national, European and world-class championships, so get out there and compete in your class event in the magnificent surroundings Ireland has to offer.
- Connemara, with the wild Atlantic breaking on its shores and the gulf-stream warming its waters.
- The sheltered lakeland waters of Lough Derg, Co Donegal.
- Bangor and Carrickfergus Marinas both offer exciting sailing in Belfast Lough
- The beauty and tranquility of the Blessington Lakes in County Wicklow.
- The indented coastline of the South West with its sheltered and developed infrastructure.