Ireland is an amazing country with so much to see and do, both on the land and in the water. With over 1,372 kilometres of breathtaking coastline to explore, it is no wonder that James and I like many visitors wanted to join in with the water based activities. Water sports are huge in Ireland, and they take place on the rivers and lakes as well as the sea.
With so many exciting activities on offer, it can be daunting to know what to choose and James and I wanted to take part in several different water based activities. I love surfing and diving, and James enjoys fishing and wind surfing. All of these are available and popular throughout Ireland, and all you need to do is choose your location.
Canoeing and kayaking is something that we hadn’t tried, so we thought we would give this a go whilst on holiday. Typically though we didn’t choose a nice quiet activity, and decided that facing the rapids was the way forward. The 58KM Canoe trail at Lower Bann is exhilarating, and ensured that we experienced an adrenaline rush.
Sailing is huge in Ireland and there is a long tradition of excellent sailing schools and facilities for everyone to enjoy. The amazing waters that are found throughout the country are ideal for sailing, and we decided that we would give it a go and could even take Max. Although we were along way off prestigious sailing experts, we had a fun time sailing over the lakes, and enjoying the cool breeze.
Wakeboarding was something that James had mentioned several times, and although I wasn’t too sure, I thought I would see what all the fuss was about with this activity. There are plenty of different areas to choose, and we thought that Macroon in Cork was ideal. I am good on a surf board, so presumed it would be similar, and James was up for trying anything.
Diving is something that I do wherever we go on holiday, and James decided that he would join me this time and explore the Irish waters. The visibility was incredible, and we could see on average up to 12 meters, which is good. The amazing sub aqua fauna and flora was impressive, and even James found the experience to be exciting.
We choose the perfect time to visit Ireland, and were lucky that the weather was good when we wanted to be out and about on the water. With so many different things to do, it is no surprise that visitors from all over the world travel to Ireland for the water sports. We choose to do both in the water and on top of the water activities, which allowed us to enjoy every element.