For those of you who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of a modern day life or those who are looking for something different, something new then why not transport yourself back in time with a mystical guided kayak tour on the Lakes of Killarney.
This mesmerizing kayak tour is not just about kayaking and in truth you don’t even need to be an expert at all to enjoy it. Just throw on a smile and have bucket loads of enthusiasm for a different kind of adventure.
The guided tour begins at Ross Castle, a 15th century castle built on the edge of Lough Leane, the largest of the three Lakes. There is a lot more to this tour than just jumping into a luxury kayak and paddling. Unfolding before your eyes is an amazing story through time.
The first part of the story is how the three Lakes of Killarney where formed through natures powerful force of glaciation. Sweeping across these lands thousands of years, a glacier sculpted this spectacular setting of dramatic lush green mountains, cascading waterfalls and left its unique handprint in many unique and surprising ways.
Next you will arrive on the shores of Innisfallen Island, a 6th Century settlement and if you are lucky you will be greeted by its renowned hosts, the Sika deer, which roam around freely on the island without a care in the world. Straightaway you are struck by the absolute peace and solitude of the island as you walk along what looks like carpeted grass, Sika deer are very good lawnmowers, before meandering through its still standing structures that echo its incredible past.
Like all journeys, there is a start and a finish point unfortunately. However, this guided kayak tour finishes like no other as it ends in the shadow of the impressive Ross Castle which stands tall over the Lakes of Killarney. This 15th Century castle is famed for an Irish prophecy that it could never be taken until a warship could swim on the lake, an unbelievable prospect. However, that is exactly what Oliver Cromwell‘s Roundheads did during the Irish Confederate Wars, when artillery was brought by boat via the River Laune. The sight of his ships travelling across the lake towards them unnerved its protectors and the castle soon submitted. How unique is that!
So if you are looking for an escape from the mundane of modern day life then definitely take this amazing kayak tour and you won’t be disappointed. In fact you will reinvigorate your Celtic spirit.