Chris Scott Activity Tourism Manager
Having 'retired' from competitive sailing he is trying to find something new to fill the void. Currently mixing it up with 10ks, trail running, duathlons and adventure races.
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Northern Ireland was the first country in Europe to develop official canoe trails. CanoeNI.com has been delighted with the success of these trails as not only have they won awards – most importantly they have attracted people from all over the world.
Each trail has its own section on CanoeNI.com with trail guides, camping details, accommodation, canoe hire etc.
But how do you make Northern Ireland your ultimate canoeing experience?
How you venture out onto the canoe trails obviously depends on your canoeing ability but don’t worry there are plenty of options:
Learn from the best…
If you are interested in getting out and enjoying the canoe trails but don’t know one end of a canoe from the other then why not take some lessons. Northern Ireland has a great range of canoeing providers who can teach you all the necessary skills so you can make the most of future canoeing adventures. Even if you want to just have a go before embarking on a course then why not check out our calendar of canoeing events which can give you that perfect introduction.
Follow the leader…
If you don’t have the time for lessons or you’re just mad keen to get out there then why not sign up for a guided trip. This option allows you to combine the local knowledge and safety provided by a qualified guide. These trips can be booked by individuals joining together as a group or why not get your friends or family together. Quite often these trips involve a night camping under the stars. Check out our range of guided trips.
Just add water…
Maybe you already know how to canoe but don’t want the hassle of organising the trip. Then contact a canoeing provider who can arrange an itinerary, rent equipment, drop off and collection. All you have to do is turn up and start your adventure. The majority of providers will ask for a minimum British Canoe Union Three Star Award (or equivalent) for the craft you wish to hire. Alternatively many will carry out a short pre-hire practical test.
Go it alone…
If you’ve got the knowledge and the gear then CanoeNI.com will provide all the information you need to plan your trip. Each trail also has its own waterproof guide which can be ordered free online.
With so many options available why not explore one of our canoe trails this year. Each canoe trail is unique and will allow you explore a different part of Northern Ireland’s spectacular countryside.