Challenge yourself on a truly exceptional 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 stand-up paddleboarding 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.
During this surf camp, you will be staying in Kenmare Bay. 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. The tents and sleeping bags provided by Wild SUP Tours are perfect for a good night's sleep al fresco.
On night one, you will set up camp near Paknasilla.
The surrounding area of Rossmore Island will be your home on night two.
Have a well-earned rest along the Greenane Islands in Templenoe on night three.
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.
You will arrive at Kerry Airport (KIR) in the early evening and you will be transferred by a minibus to Sneem. There, you will camp for the night.
On your way, you will pass through Killarney National Park and the beautiful Molls Gap before crossing the mountains that will reveal your first look at the sea. When you arrive, the camp will be ready and a delicious dinner will be simmering over the fire. Get to know the group around the campfire before getting a good night’s rest ahead of the next day's challenging paddle.
You will wake up to a tasty breakfast before packing up camp and launching your SUP boards. You will begin by paddling the islets surrounding Parknasilla Resort and Spa, a spectacular converted castle, where you are highly likely to see a seal or two.
You will stop for a picnic lunch and snacks as you paddle along the coastline throughout the day, eventually settling on a secluded island where you will set up camp. Warm by the fire, rest your arms, and enjoy dinner whilst sharing stories among the group.
Listen to the morning call of the birds while you enjoy breakfast before heading out and continue your journey along the Ring of Kerry. Stopping for snacks and refreshments along the way, you will paddle a short way up the Blackwater River. The Special Area of Conservation is home to some rare freshwater pearl mussels and sits under the watchful gaze of the towering MacGillycuddy Reeks.
Inevitably, you will find a quaint spot for lunch before continuing the challenge along the coast until you find the perfect place to set up camp. You will enjoy dinner beneath the star-lit sky and you can listen to the calls of nature that make wild camping the marvel it is.
You will enjoy your final morning at camp and have breakfast by the water. On day four, you will paddle the final stretch to Kenmare. Along the way, you will pass Dromore Castle and the fairytale-like An Culu Castle. You will paddle the coast all morning before reaching Kenmare. There, you will stop for a farewell lunch with the group and your guides before it is time to leave for the airport.
Ed grew up surfing on the West coast of Ireland. His time time spent in the sea gave him a keen interest in the animals and ecosystems to be found along the coasts. After studying environmental science in college and discovering that the desk job this would lead to were not for him he reinvested his time and energy into combining his two great passions, the ocean and all it contains. Wild SUP Tours was born from this simple idea.
This surf camp will take place in Kenmare Bay, located in the South West of Ireland, on the stunning "Ring of Kerry" and the Wild Atlantic Way. It is 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. You will explore the area around Parknasilla Resort and Spa up to Kenmare.
During this surf camp, three breakfast, lunches, and dinner will be provided as well as tea, coffee, and snacks.
Due to the weather-dependent nature of stand up paddle boarding, there is a small chance that you will be unable to paddle on one or more of the scheduled days. In that scenario, never fear! Wild SUP Tours has some great alternative plans set in motion for just such an occasion.
Those 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. The team is are ready for anything! The local knowledge of the tour guides means that a fantastic time will be had regardless of whether you are paddle boarding the whole time or not.
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