This weekend was the Taste of Adventure weekend organised by Adventure Sligo. It was the chance to try one of the many adventures we have here in Sligo from horse-riding to hiking, surfing to sailing and everything in between.
I chose to go out on a kayak trip of Lough Gill with Sligo Kayak Tours. I’ve never been out with them before and I’ve never kayaked on Lough Gill before – actually I couldn’t tell you if I’ve ever kayaked before because I get confused between kayaks and canoes.
So yesterday morning off I went to my adventure. It was fairly windy when I left home but we do live up on a hill so thankfully when I arrived to Lough Gill it had calmed down.
Our group of 8 took to the water after Caroline and Eamon kitted us out in all the equipment we needed and explained the safety precautions and how to paddle.
I found being on the water very relaxing just paddling along surrounded by nature. I didn’t take too many photos as I found when I stopped paddling and started clicking the kayak started to drift.
We took a break at Hazelwood, I struggled to get out of the kayak and just sort of fell out which I thought was hilarious! I was pleasantly surprised to see our guides had freshly brewed coffee and shortbread biscuits as well as tea. Sligo Kayak Tours have a leave no trace policy so when we’d finished everything was packed up and taken with us.
There was a photo shoot with a brave photographer. I had serious camera envy. I had my little waterproof camera so I was able to take photos without worrying but I missed my zoom lens. I took a pic underwater as well though.
Paddling back to base was a little harder for me, my arms were starting to ache a bit but it’s just using muscles that aren’t used often. I surprised myself by managing to get out of the kayak this time – wonders will never cease.
I said farewell to the guys at Sligo Kayak Tours tired but happy. It really was a lovely day and I’ve already decided I’m going back again. You can check out Adventure Sligo and see if you find an adventure or two that appeals to you.