FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of our more asked questions but if you cannot find what you are looking for please get in touch!! 

  • Bookings can be made through our online booking facility.
  • Bookings can also be made by phone or email by supplying credit card details and a contact phone number.
  • In the Summer season, it is advisable to book ahead to avoid disappointment, especially for weekend trips, as they get booked out well in advance of the trip.
  • If you need to cancel your trip, please be sure to let us know at least 3 days in advance via email (or by phone during office hours). We will reschedule your trip as availability allows. Without 3 days notice and in the event of not showing up, the full amount will be charged to your card.
  • For groups of 6 or more we require one weeks notice via email.
  • Rain will not postpone the tour, but occasionally we have to cancel due to strong winds. As forecasts are changeable we do not make our final decision re: cancellation until the previous day or morning of the tour. We will text, email or call you with this information to the contact details you supplied at time of booking. Following a cancellation by us, you will be reimbursed or may choose to rebook for another date. We reserve the right to cancel tours without prior notice for safety reasons, this could be due to a sudden change in weather conditions.

Yes, we are open all year round, subject to weather conditions.

We are open 7 days a week for both daytime and nighttime trips.

Office hours:

  • May - September: Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm GMT
  • October and April: Monday - Friday 9am - 1pm GMT

Contact at any time by email.

We use various locations, below are the directions to each one.  Please check your confirmation and be sure that you are going to the correct location .

From Cork - N71 to Skibbereen or Union Hall. (approx. 1.5hrs)

From Killarney – N22 to  Macroom – R587 to Dunmanway – R586 to Drimoleague  - R593 to Skibbereen (approx. 1.45hrs)

From Kinsale – R600 to Clonakilty – N71 to Skibbereen or Union Hall.(approx. 1.5hrs)

Reen Pier location: Castlehaven Bay. Near Union Hall village in West Cork. About an hour and a half from Cork City.
Directions: Go to the Catholic Church in Union Hall and follow signs for Reen Pier. About 200m before Pier we are on the bit of land jutting out on right hand side. Reen Pier.  51.532363,N   -9.166476 W

Lough Hyne location: Near Skibbereen. About an hour and a half from Cork City.
Directions from Skibbereen:
Follow the road to Baltimore for about two miles and see a sign on the left saying Lough Hyne.
Get to the Lake and go to the East or left side of it to a car park.That is where we'll meet you. Coordinates  51° 30' 22.63"N, - 9° 18' 11.87"W

Squince Beach Location: About an hour and a half from Cork City. Directions: Go to the Catholic Church in Union Hall and follow signs for Reen Pier. When you come to a lake on your left turn left and keep on road, You cross a causeway, follow road until you come to beach.
Squince 51.531030 N,  -9.136640 W

Cork  City Location: Meeting place is by the Clayton Hotel,  Lapps Quay.

You can expect: to be safe, comfortable, to get  individual attention, new experiences and encounters, fabulous kayaking, beautiful scenery, to meet  great people and hear local history and stories from your knowledgeable guide. This is all washed down with a magnificent visual banquet that is the West Cork coastline on The Wild Atlantic Way.

We supply over gear (wind and splash proof jackets and trousers) and pogies (neoprene paddle mitts) which keep your hands toasty in cold weather.

  • boats
  • buoyancy aids
  • spray decks
  • safety equipment and instruction
  • guiding

Wear:

Footwear: old runners or wetsuit shoes. 

No big boots please!

Bodywear: Activity leggings/tracksuit, thermals, fleece..
Headgear: wool or fleece hat (in cold weather)

Sun hat in warm weather


Bring: a change of clothes, sun block, a towel, water

…... and a smile!

Kayaking with Atlantic Sea Kayaking is probably the best way to see and get close to wildlife.

Kayaking  silently along the shoreline your first experience will be the amazing variety of sea birds in the area, waders, herons, snowy egrets, shags, herring gulls, guillemots, gannets diving from the skies and the rasping sound of the chough on the cliffs. In the summer we usually get to see the peregrine falcons and sometimes ospreys soaring above the cliffs.

As we get in amongst the offshore Islands we often get the attention of the curious  seals. We have both harbour and grey seals in our area.  As we get further out from the shore, it is possible to see porpoise, dolphins, basking sharks and occasionally whales.

Every trip brings it owns surprises and delights when it comes to wildlife.

Most of our trips are designed for people with a low to medium  level of fitness unless otherwise stated.  

Most of our kayaking is done within a 10 mile radius of Skibbereen along the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way coastline, in secluded and sheltered bays and along the coast.  We explore islands, caves, sea arches, cliffs and deserted beaches on the way.

We kayak in sheltered calm areas unless we are running an advanced trip or teaching a training course.

  • We use a mix of double and single kayaks depending on your ability.
  • We have a mix of Necky and Perception plastic kayaks.
  • We use Carlisle asymmetric paddles.
  • We use a mix of and Ocean and Necky single sit on tops  and Tarpon Doubles in our rental fleet.
  • We use Riber plastic SUPs with leashes and paddles.

This is a question we are often asked. The answer is “yes”!
At all times you will be wearing floatation.
Our motto is “prevention is better than a cure”. We design our trips and tours to suit the level of our visitors.
We use the most recent kayaks and quality equipment.
We mostly use stable double kayaks (singles are available if requested)
Most importantly, all of our instructor guides are highly trained in kayak rescue, first aid, use of VHF radios which are carried with them as well as other safety equipment. All our trips are designed based on weather and sea conditions  combined with our visitors ability. We have an intimate knowledge of our local coastal area and constantly check weather forecasts. We keep instructor /client ratios low to ensure safety and personal attention.

No, but we generally encourage you to learn as it opens up a great world of enjoyment.
Most of the world is covered in water so go explore!  
We insist that all kayak and SUP users wear appropriate buoyancy at all time while on the water with us.

Depending on your shape, up to UK size 24 will usually fit in a double kayak and we can also use a sit on top kayak double for anyone who would prefer that option. It is also possible to meet the instructor before the trip and try out the boat for size in privacy.

Our double kayaks can accommodate most tall people and we can also use a sit on top kayak double for anyone who would prefer that option. It is also possible to meet the instructor before the trip and try out the boat for length in privacy.

Our oldest paddler is 98! What do you think?

Our minimum age is 8yrs of age and this is for our family trips and kayak and SUP rentals.

Youths of 12 + are welcome on our half day and family Moonlight-Starlight trips.

We organise special outings for youth groups, school tours and birthday parties or other family celebrations.

Please contact us to discuss and we will do our utmost to accommodate you.

Our air temperature is mild due to the Gulf Stream .

  • May to October ; Between 10C/60F &  20C/70F
  • November to February: 4C/38F &  12C/54F
  • March to May :  12C/54F  & 15C60F

Water Temperature. 6C/42F to 18C/ 66F

Because of our interesting climate and position in the Atlantic, it can rain at any time!

In the summer, when the rest of Europe is burning up, we have very moderate temperatures.

  • Rain will not postpone the tour, but occasionally we have to cancel due to strong winds. As forecasts are changeable we do not make our final decision re: cancellation until the previous day or morning of the tour. We will text, email or call you with this information to the contact details you supplied at time of booking. Following a cancellation by us, you will be reimbursed or may choose to rebook for another date. We reserve the right to cancel tours without prior notice for safety reasons, this could be due to sudden change in weather conditions.

 

Our recommendations for food and accommodation:

 

Union Hall. Accommodation & Food

Skibbereen Accommodation & Food

Baltimore Accommodation & Food

Castletownshend Accommodation & Food

Glandore / Rosscarbery Accommodation & Food

Ballydehob.

Accommodation

Within driving distance of us:

"One of the most magical experiences you can have anywhere in the world"

The Irish Times

Testimonials

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.

NewZealandMidWife , New Zealand

Kayaking the Irish Sea by moonlight on the summer solstice and watching the water light up beneath my fingertips was absolutely magical.

Taylor E, East Hartford, Connecticut

Great instructor (who gave us pointers for kayak purchase) great experience. 100%recommended for all levels of water confidence.

Stephen Duffy, Navan, Ireland

We spent 3 hours in the water and had a great time. Would definitely do this again.

Liam Springwell, Cork

Great fun day out for friends & families. Very safe for children and spectacular views on your trip. We really enjoyed it.

Conal Granite, Cork

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.

Jill T, Cardiff, United Kingdom

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!

Katie G, Wexford, Ireland

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.

Justin D

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