Cork City to Cobh via Spike Island
This trip begins in Cork City and finishes up at Cobh. Total distance is 20 km.
This trip is suitable for anyone who has some kayaking experience and has at least a medium fitness level. We use double kayaks on this trip.
Beginning in Cork City we set off down the river Lee towards Cork Harbour and the town of Cobh.
This trip brings us along a very historic route down pass the marina, a straight stretch of the river where the Annual Cork Regatta used to be held to crowds of up to 10,000 people and the rowing clubs. Pass the village of Blackrock which used to be a very busy salmon fishing area. Under the shadow of the majestic Blackrock Castle, this is now an observatory. Here the river widens up into an area called Lough Mahon and flows over a tunnel which is one of the main traffic arteries out of Cork city to get to Dublin.
We pass by the famous Fota Wildlife Park, skirting the Great Island on our left and Ringaskiddy and Passage West n our right-hand side.
From here on we are entering the area of Cork Harbour which is reputed to be the second largest natural harbour in the world after Sydney.
We circumnavigate Spike Island where it is possible to stop for a short visit and then on to our finish which is Cobh, the last place the Titanic landed to take on passengers on its ill-fated voyage.
Customised full day tours can be arranged for groups of 6 +
Cost: €100 pp using double kayaks
You will be required to sign a disclaimer on the day of your trip.
Jim and Emily were great guides - both fun and patient - and they ensured we were stayed warm, safe, kept well informed, and were able to enjoy the experience to the maximum.
Kayaking the Irish Sea by moonlight on the summer solstice and watching the water light up beneath my fingertips was absolutely magical.
Great instructor (who gave us pointers for kayak purchase) great experience. 100%recommended for all levels of water confidence.
We spent 3 hours in the water and had a great time. Would definitely do this again.
Great fun day out for friends & families. Very safe for children and spectacular views on your trip. We really enjoyed it.
What a lovely way to spend the morning. I joined a group for a kayaking trip on Lochyne, waterproofs were provided and basic tuition was given where needed.
An excellent instructor but also just a great guy to have chats and banter with. We all left with a massive grá for Cork, for kayaking and for roll neck aran jumpers!
We would highly recommend it to anyone. Jim was very helpful and friendly. We had never been kayaking before and he was a great instructor.