SUP in Kerry is simply amazing. With mountain lakes, rolling rivers and the open ocean to chose from, what more can you ask for?
Since we moved back we’ve been out pretty much every weekend exploring different places.
These are our current top four.
4. River Laune
A trip down the River Laune is simply stunning.
You’ll catch some superb views of the Reeks – assuming the weather plays ball of course; pass by Ballymalis Castle, a tower house built in the 16th century; and paddle, accompanied by ducks, herons and swans.
You can park one car at The Fishery Bar in Killorglin – your end point – and the second at Beaufort Bridge further up river from where you launch. It’s about a two hour paddle at a decent pace with the odd bit of rough water along the way.
3. Kells Bay
Kells Bay is a beautiful spot, whether you fancy a paddle or a swim.
When we went end of February the sky was blue, the sea was calm, and we had an incoming tide – perfect conditions.
You can park by the beach and paddle for as long as you fancy. Do watch out for winds and tides though – you’re on open water. Kells is half an hour’s drive from Caragh Lake on the way to Cahersiveen, so not too far.
2. Coomasaharn Lake
Now this place always takes my breath away.
They say the last wolf in Ireland was killed here and it certainly has that eerie feel to it – the clouds hanging on the mountain tops, the breeze swirling off the cliffs and waterfalls all around!
The lake is hidden out behind Glenbeigh, about 25 minute drive from Caragh Lake, surrounded by steep mountains. Once you get to the lake, you’re best driving up a small path on the left hand side, parking your car and wandering over a field to get in. Bar some curious sheep you’ll probably be all alone.
1. Caragh Lake
Well… what can I say. On a still day, if you enjoy SUP, this place is heaven.
I’ll try and get down most evenings when the lake is calm, even if it’s just for half an hour. There’s nothing quite like it to clear the mind. Absolutely spectacular.
If you’re not staying right on the lake, you can wander down a path to the public beach on the north shore, pump up your board, grab your paddle and go. There are other places you can get down to it from but this is probably the easiest.
If you fancy a longer trip, we hid some geocaches around Caragh Lake so grab some swaps, a flask of tea and make a day of it!
Remember, wherever you SUP, stay safe. Lakes, rivers and the sea are fantastic places to explore but can be dangerous.