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Kayaking at Cavan Adventure Centre

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by Tom Fieldhouse (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer, living in Bath with my wife and son. I love my city, and love to live here. I write about Bath a lot, and sometimes about travels in Ireland and France.
Published November 8th 2021
Kayak Adventures
Boats galore!

If you are exploring Eire, or Ireland, as most of the world know it, and are anywhere near county Cavan, then an open kayaking experience is a superb way to get back to nature and explore Ireland from a different perspective. Navigate your way through stunning lakes and you may even find the romantic ruins of a castle. What more could you want?

Clogh Oughter, a 13th century Castle
Wild and wonderful ruins

How about gently flowing through calm waters, surrounded by nature and all manner of birds, with an open Irish sky above you? You can do all this, and more if you go kayaking at Cavan Adventure Centre!
Kayaks at the centre

The interlocking lake system, formed into Drumlins by the last Ice age, is looked after by local landowner and farmer Sean, and has become a 'Geo Park', which is a protected area of flora and fauna. It is entirely undeveloped and unspoiled. We hired kayaks, lifejackets and wetsuits, and after a brief look at the lake maps, set off for a Kayak adventure.

Beneath a bridge, just off-shore from the launch point

Other than a few intrepid fishermen and some folks who had hired motorboats (also from the centre), the whole lake feels like your own, and we saw all manner of birds and animals during our two-hour Kayaking experience. Highlights were an inquisitive Heron and a herd of cattle. A bull even waded into the lake to say hello.

A shot mid-kayak

There is quite a breeze out on the water, and so if the wind is against you then you'll certainly find paddling hard going at first, but the trip back to the centre was glorious, and well worth the exertion of the outward stretch.

More choppy waters on the return leg

You will have complete independence when out on the water, which is wonderful but could be a little daunting for kayak beginners. A brief glance at the website told us that there are a whole array of guided activities and experiences on offer, which may make for a more relaxing outdoor experience. Nevertheless, being out and about by ourselves suited us all perfectly.

Heading back to shore

You can hire open or more enclosed kayaks, and solo or double boats. I opted for a double, with my 9-year-old son sitting in the front, enjoying the view (and very occasionally paddling)!

A lake and kayak-themed mural on the centre wall
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Why? Adventurous outdoor activities in a stunning rural setting
When: Please consult the website for timings and opening hours
Phone: 353 (0)49 4893 630
Where: County Cavan (90 minutes drive North West of Dublin.
Cost: Price varies, depending on activities.
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