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BBC Countryfile Showcase North Coast Sea Kayak Trail

Posted on November 21, 2011 @ 5:57 PM in Canoeing

The soon to be launched North Coast Sea Kayak Trail featured on BBC Countryfile on Sunday 27th November.  Despite some grim November weather, presenter Ellie Harrison enjoyed a great day paddling along the trail with Robin Ruddock from Ruddock Sea Kayaking and Canoeing.


As part of her trip Ellie viewed the refurbishment of a old cottage which was once the nerve centre of the Port Moon Bay Salmon fishing industry in County Antrim

The Port Moon Bothy will be officially launched in March 2012 to coincide with the launch of the North Coast Sea Kayak Trail and will offer an open fire, composting toilet, lounge area, drying room and sleeping space for eight adults.

 At CanoeNI.com we are very excited about the launch of the trail and bothy. With the opening of the new Giant’s Causeway Visitors Centre coinciding with the undoubted increase of international tourists as a result of the Titanic centenary, we are expecting a real boost in tourism numbers to County Antrim next year. The North Coast Sea Kayak Trail will offer a completely unique way to explore the Causeway Coast and the converted bothy at Port Moon is fast becoming the most talked about and indeed most spectacular accommodation in Ireland.”

The bothy will be managed and maintained by the Causeway Coast Kayak Association (CCKA).

Following a recent chat with Robin Ruddock, Secretary of the CCKA, he explained  “We are delighted to see construction start on this project which will really bring this old cottage back to life. We are expecting a real boost in trail users next year and Port Moon Bothy will enable us to host visiting kayakers as well as provide an incredible location for our own club meetings and social gatherings.”

The CCKA hope to display some of their collection of historic kayaks in the rafters and artifacts from the salmon fishery on the walls to create a truly authentic atmosphere for all who use the bothy.

Visit CanoeNI.com to find out more about the launch of the iconic North Coast Sea Kayak Trail and indeed the refurbishment project of this old cottage which is not planning on relieving its maritime heritage any time soon. 

 

Chris Scott
Chris Scott

When not boring everyone about his little kids’ latest antics, Chris enjoys sailing and cycling, if only to offset his love of eating out and Marlborough Cabernet Sauvignon..

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