GoPaddle.ie is run by Susan Doyle, an avid kayaker and ambassador for Women in Sport who has turned her passion for kayaking, educating and nature into a livelihood.
Susan and her team of experienced and qualified kayak Instructors will guide you on a scenic kayak tour of the River Slaney, which is not only stunningly beautiful, this tidal area has also been recognised as a Special Area of Conservation for its diverse wildlife.
The tour starts just across the river from Edermine House which was built by Sir John Power of Powers Distillery fame and home of a private chapel believed to have been designed by AWN Pugin.
After a quick intro to the equipment and a brief lesson in how to handle the very stable kayaks we head north along the river towards Enniscorthy following the Wexford railway line which was described by Michael Palin as one of the most beautiful short train journeys in Europe.
Once passed the remains of Browns Castle, which was almost completely destroyed by Cromwell and his men in 1649, we leave the Slaney crossing under the railway line to meander our way up the little Boro river. The Boro is just off to the side of a small woodland, many of whom’s trees have found their way into the river over the years after high winds. Take time to enjoy your surroundings and listen as the song bird’s guide you up the river.
On a good day sharp eyed visitors can spot the Kingfisher before he takes off, flying low to the water and resting at his next fishing spot.
There is a huge abundance of wildlife from heron, otters, water hen, ducks and a curious grey seal is often spotted fishing on the high tide.
The whole tour is 4km long and runs at a leisurely pace with plenty of rest stops along the way..
We use double kayaks making it very family friendly where younger children, 6+ can be accompanied by an adult.
Single kayaks are available for adults and kids age 12+
Slaney River Tours depart at 2pm Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Evening tours by appointment.