- Enjoy an introduction to a new way of experiencing the world, a new sport and a new way to travel; sea kayaking
- Explore the coves, estuaries and lakes of Ireland’s wild hidden gem, Sligo
- Hike local mountain trails and coastal routes with your expert Wilderness Ireland Guide
- Finish each day on the water or in the hills with dinner in a local restaurant or cosy traditional Irish pub
- 6 nights accommodation in unique and cosy guest houses and hotels
- Most meals during the trip (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- The services of experienced and knowledgeable hiking and sea kayaking guides/driver throughout
- Pickup and transport throughout the trip, starting and finishing in Sligo
- Four days of kayaking and two days of hiking
- All specialist sea kayaking equipment, including sea kayaks, waterproof bags and buoyancy aids
- Entrance and admission fees as stated in the itinerary
Green Grades 1-3
Our hiking trips range from very straightforward low-level hikes to trips that include more challenging itineraries which will take you to a new mountain top each day.
Our green graded trips include shorter hikes, with few ascents, and are generally over smoother (but usually not paved) terrain. We include more cultural stops along the way and walk at a leisurely pace.
Often our green graded trips include hikes in flatter coastal areas or in valleys, and will last around 2-4 hours each day. To help you decide if you are fit enough for this trip, ask yourself:
Can you comfortably hike for 6 miles (10km), including some ascents, over generally good terrain?
Paired with the laid-back attitude of the trip, your accommodations are ideal for kicking back and relaxing after an exciting day out on the water! The Hiking & Kayaking Sea Kayaking Adventure in Sligo features accommodations chosen for their excellent location, service and comfort. All accommodations provide breakfast.
Each day, lunch is either a Wilderness Ireland Picnic or taken at a local cafe/pub. Drinks and snacks are provided throughout the day. Evening meals are included on the first and last nights only. For the other evenings your Wilderness Guide can provide expert recommendations.
You will be met by your Wilderness Ireland Guide at Sligo Train Station at 2pm on Day 1 of your trip. We will drop you off at Sligo Train Station by 12 Noon on the last day of the trip. There are direct train services from Sligo to Dublin and bus services to all other main city locations. Please get in contact for further information.
In the best of both worlds, join us on this multi-activity intro to Ireland sea kayaking and hiking. Combine easy sea kayaking with gentle yet breathtaking hikes in Sligo, Ireland’s hidden gem.
This introduction to Ireland sea kayaking is perfect for beginners or those simply looking for a laid-back adventure.We’ll explore Co Sligo, a hidden corner of Ireland famous for being the source of inspiration for Irish poet W.B. Yeats. Let the ancient monuments, crashing waves, windswept sand dunes, mythical landscapes and white sand beaches of Sligo inspire you as you discover this region by land and sea!
The kayaking gradually moves from lake to sea, giving you time to gain confidence, and the hiking routes take you to the summits of Sligo’s iconic mountains. With a maximum of 8 clients, you’ll get time to engage with the guides and improve your hiking and kayaking skills. Most importantly, this is a vacation and enjoyment is our top priority. Each night is spent in quality comfortable accommodations, ensuring you are as relaxed as possible after each day in the outdoors.
DAY 1 ‐ Ben Bulben Mountain Hike
Start your Introduction to Hiking & Sea Kayaking Adventure in the bustling town of Sligo, which sits between lake, river, and sea. We’ll start by hiking below the cliff edges of Ireland’s ‘Table Mountain,’ the flat topped mountain of Ben Bulben, the icon of Sligo. Hike through the ancient forests at the foot of Ben Bulben Mountain while you learn about local folklore at Diarmuid and Grainne’s Cave, the doomed lovers in one of Ireland’s most romantic legends. (L,D)
DAY 2 ‐ Kayak on Lough Gill
Lough Gill is dotted with idyllic islands, hidden coves and a history of intriguing stories waiting to be explored. Kayak and island hop your way from one to another across the blue shores of the lake before visiting a lakeside castle on the western shore as you build your kayaking confidence. The beautiful lake inspired one of Ireland’s most famous poems, written by W.B. Yeats, “…I will arise and go now, for always night and day, I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;…” (B,L)
DAY 3 ‐ Hiking Strandhill & The Coolera Peninsula
Visible from around the entire peninsula is the small mountain, Knocknarea. Capped with an enormous stone cairn, said to be the tomb of Queen Maeve, the warrior Queen of Connacht, we’ll also learn about the Neolithic peoples who once inhabited this peninsula. Hike to the summit for phenomenal views of Sligo town, Strandhill village, and the sea, long beloved as a surfer’s hotspot. (B,L)
DAY 4 ‐ Kayaking Streedagh Estuary & Inlets
Venturing into the salt water in our kayaks, we’ll explore the beautiful coastline from a new vantage point. Learn the mechanics of ocean tides while also exploring the wonders of the sea, such as the Spanish Armada shipwreck or the ancient shell middens and fossils on the shore. (B,L)
DAY 5 ‐ Hiking Yeats’ Sligo
Back in the hiking boots, we’ll hike the most beautiful section of the Sligo Way, where we will immerse ourselves in the landscapes that inspired this famed poet. Skirting Lough Gill, we’ll explore the region’s waterside scenery, wild open bogland, lush green forest and crumbling ruins. (B,L)
DAY 6 ‐ Kayaking on the Atlantic Ocean
Depending on wind and weather forecast, we’ll paddle a coastal journey that is both safe and enjoyable, but allows us to put into practice our accumulated skills from the week. We spend the day on the water getting up close with local wildlife as well as discovering the area’s dramatic history. Some fresh seafood and Guinness on the menu for a celebratory dinner tonight! (B,L,D)
DAY 7 ‐ Depart
After breakfast, we have the option of a gentle yet dramatic coastal or wooded strolls through Yeats Country. Then, we say goodbye to Ireland’s wild west coast at Sligo Train Station in time for connecting trains to Dublin. (B)
*This itinerary is subject to changes and improvements.