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“Mountain Skills 1 - Killarney”

Outdoors Ireland - Day Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We are a leading outdoor training, adventure and bushcraft company, with a small team of highly qualified and vastly experienced instructors; dedicated to providing the best service possible. We were the first adventure company in Ireland to achieve a gold environmental award and have a fantastic Trip Advisor rating! We are celebrating our eleventh year of operation this year, 2016. Join us for an intensive training course, an extreme adventure experience, or a magical relaxing kayak tour through the Lakes of Killarney...
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 21 July 2014

If you're thinking of developing mountain skills and have always wanted to improve your navigation for mountain confidence and safety when off track then these are the guys to instruct you.
Jason, our instructor, explained the course well and was superb over the two days making us feel at one with the mountain and safe under his guidance. It's a comprehensive course with Mountaineering Ireland accreditation and Outdoors Ireland are very good at this sort of thing. They make what is an intense course a fun couple of days and get the points across really well. By the end of the course you actually feel that you can read the mountains and that alone will instill confidence for when you're in the hills with friends and family.
Bravo to Outdoors Ireland, I'll be seeing you again soon.

Thank Nick L
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OutdoorsIreland, Manager at Outdoors Ireland - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2014

Thanks Nick! See you for MS2, Nathan

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Reviewed 17 July 2014

Mark our guide was absolutely superb. The weather on our day out was typical Irish - 4 seasons in one day yet we were all at our ease in terms of safety because of Marks care and clear instructions. I couldn't believe that the lake could get so choppy! There was one lady in our group who couldn't swim yet at no stage did she fear the trip. We all had mixed ability but stayed together very well.

The views from the lake are even more stunning than the shore and yet you might think that impossible because Killarney is such a beautiful spot at any time of year or weather conditions.

The cost(€50 PP) seems a little prohibitive at the outset, but when you see the standard of equipment and instructions required you easily undertsand that and there is no price applicable to the experience.

I would say get very comfortable in the kayak before pushing off as in adjusting seat and leg positions. The journey is not very demanding but is for 3 hours so comfort is king along with the instructions on how to paddle properly. This was my first time in a kayak that offered adjustments like that so I didn't get to grips with the options as well as I should have.However I still had no major aches and pains when finished.

A hidden benefit of the journey is the history. Mark took regular "RAFT" breaks and explained the history of Ross Castle, the Islands and general information that added an extra bit to the tour.

Lastly we were very lucky on the day to gain a little extra time and tide conditions to travel through some of the caves in the smaller Islands. This was fantastic and added to the history factor when you consider How our forefathers had to contend with these "hideouts" during times of conflict.

Thoroughly recommend it for value, fun and scenic attributes. Little demanding phsyically but so much worth it. Killarney is so much more when you experience it from the lake under your own paddle power.

Thank EoinOHanlon
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OutdoorsIreland, Manager at Outdoors Ireland - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2014

Thanks so much for your review. I'm delighted you enjoyed your trip with Mark so much. You were lucky to get into so many of the caves because of the lower water levels!

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Reviewed 10 July 2014

A great afternoon kayaking the lakes. MJ was full of info about the history and stories of the area. Getting very close to sika deer on Inishfallen was a stand out moment. Loved navigating through the narrow caves. Already planning my next trip in August.

Thank NickyMcDonnell
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OutdoorsIreland, Manager at Outdoors Ireland - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2014

Thank you Nicky. Maybe try our canyoning or dawn kayaking if you're back in August...

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Reviewed 10 July 2014

The Sunset Kayaking was done by me with a friend for my #100happydays journey on facebook (day#38) and such a Wonderful Experience.

I spent so much time looking onto and over our Lakes in Killarney, but to explore them in this manner was so much the better.

Kayaking on & around the Lakes of Killarney and through the many caves with Shonagh & Mark was something wonderful! The Laughs; the Company; the Great Outdoors was simply Lovely.

Many Thanks to Mark from Outdoors Ireland for such a Wonderful Evening of Enjoyment and for taking our selfie also.

Thanks Nathan for Outdoors Ireland working and operating so many activities in Killarney!

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OutdoorsIreland, Manager at Outdoors Ireland - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2014

Thanks so much Maire. Enjoy your trip this week as well.

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Reviewed 9 July 2014 via mobile

Excellent from start to finish. Professional instruction from MJ and learned some great history of the lake and it's islands. he catered for all abilities and I left the course with more knowledge and experience that I could have hoped for. Highly recommended.

Thank BrianDonovan
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OutdoorsIreland, Manager at Outdoors Ireland - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2014

Thanks Brian and thanks a million for amount of trips/courses you have done with us at this stage!

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