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Conor74
2011-03-16 09:13:04
Five might not get to Puffin Island...
The youtube clip of kayaking in Kerry is lovely, but the stretch between Rossbeigh and Kells is very different to the area between Ballinskelligs and Puffin Island. The former is in Dingle Bay, along a shore, in a bay, and going from a sandy beach to a sandy beach. The trip out to Puffin Island would be much shorter, you could nearly throw a rock out to it when standing on the cliffs across the way. But those cliffs are enormous (well worth seeing, if anyone is down around Ballinskelligs) and don't think there is any way to descend those cliffs. Even where the cliffs give way to slopes, there are serious slopes to carry gear down (and worse, back up again) with a very rocky coastline. Suspect one would have to leave from the beach at St. Finian's Bay, though there may be a pier between there and the point across from the island. Secondly, you are heading out into the Atlantic. Not very far out, granted, but would be much stronger currents and larger swells than in Dingle Bay. And third, have not done any sea kayaking myself, but have seen elsewhere that there is no beach on Puffin Island - even by boat it involves a very calm day and a jump from boat onto rock. Not sure how easy it is to get in and out of kayaks in areas where there is no pier or suitable landing. I guess one could jump in and swim the last few yards. I'd say it's doable alright, maybe some water sports centre around Portmagee or Valentia would give you a judgement call, but the terrain on both sides is pretty daunting and the short stint across may be pretty exposed.


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HoschIchenheim 17 hours ago.
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