Paddling in Ireland

Ireland and West Cork have hundreds of places to explore, from taking in the Irish Coast to exploring estuaries and paddling local lakes. Below are just a few of our favourites but if you have any local paddles to recommend or photos from your travels we'd love to hear from you.

Bantry Bay Canoeing & Kayaking

Bantry Bay

The worlds second largest natural harbour (after Sydney)
35 km long with a North and South coast.
Sheltered in the East and testing in the West.
So much paddling to be done in Bantry Bay!

Barley Cove Mizzen Head Canoeing & Kayaking

Barley Cove Mizen Head

After paddling around Barley Cove the Boss decided it was time to relax with some fishing under Gorran Beg.


Crookhaven West Cork Canoeing & Kayaking

Crookhaven West Cork to Goleen

A great little paddle from Goleen Harbour: West to Crookhaven, East to Toomore Bay. A rugged coastline, well protected from winds from the West to North East.

Glandore Canoeing & Kayaking


On the east side of Glandore with Union Hall on the west side of the estuary. The village of Glandore is rightly acclaimed to be one of the prettiest villages in Ireland.


Schull West Cork Canoeing & Kayaking

Schull West Cork

If you are experienced you have the whole of Roaring Water Bay and all its islands. If you are a recreational paddler with a Day Tourer or Sit on Top just paddle around the harbour - fabulous stuff.


Union Hall Canoeing & Kayaking

Union Hall

A stunning estuary heaving with fish and birds. Out of season paddling and winter bird watching at its best. Paddle upstream towards Leap then downstream to Glandore harbour then back to Union Hall. Good local services are available too.


Toomore Strand West Cork  Canoeing & Kayaking

Toomore Strand West Cork

Toomore Bay is another very pleasant paddle.
Well sheltered when the wind is in the North and a few fish to BBQ on the beach at the end of the day.

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Bantry Bay Canoes - Ireland's Leading Canoe & Kayak Shop

Ireland's Biggest Canoe & Kayak Store
Bandon West Cork
Telephone 023-8829771
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