Let yourself get swept away on a weeklong Safari along the west coast of Ireland, explore its magnificent coastline with many flat water spots. With over 1500 kilometres of staggering coastline you are guaranteed to find a stunning beach with the perfect kiteable wave. Everyday you experience something new: a new beach, new kiting buddies, new tricks and maybe even a few words of Gaelic! Ireland's west coast is the up and coming kite destination of choice for many foreign visitors because of consistent wind conditions, high waves and hundreds of un crowded beaches along the west coast. A nice addition to the many kite locations are cultural hotspots such as Galway and areas of particular scenic beauty like The Cliffs of Moher and the Ring of Kerry. Feel the tribal pulse of Ireland’s west coast in all its’ wet, windy and wild glory. The West coast of Ireland will set your mind and body racing and you’ll be buzzing to get wet.
WIND, WATER & WEATHER
Forget sunburn and heat rashes. In Ireland you have to wrap up. Ireland is infamous for a multi season day, Winter to Summer in 0.5 seconds. From October till March wind speeds range from a breezy 25 knots up to a whopping 50! There is never a shortage of wind. From April through until the end of September there are more manageable winds of between 15-35knots. Water temperatures range from 8-16 degrees Celsius. During the winter months we would recommend 5.3mm wetsuits. During the summer - April until the end of September a 3.2mm suit will do. You may even be lucky enough to wear a shorty!
Ireland has a lot to offer for accommodation, from cosy guest houses to boutique hotels in the various locations. Hostels in Ireland are reasonably priced and offer dormitory and private accommodation. Some of the accommodation is self catering so you can cook and enjoy a drink at your leisure after a hard day on the water.
THE SET UP
At the main location in Belmullet, kiters appreciate the short distance between the flat water lake and a number of wavy hotspots like Elly Beach. You can almost be at two places at once. Once you drive through the town of Belmullet you are in Real Ireland. The views from the beaches and the air are incredible. You can sail out to the Iniskee Islands on a westerly wind and discover the old island life right there on the beach. Ireland is a small Island so the next beach is never too far away. From Belmullet to Achill Island it takes approximately an hour. From there to Galway is another hour and an hour and a half from Galway to Lahinch! The Safari will take you there.
You cannot get to most places on the Safari by public transport. Elements will take you to all beaches along the coast. Some are down some dodgy paths too so you wont want to wreck your rental car! Ireland's west coast is fairly rural. Most roads to beaches are country roads where you are guaranteed to experience an Irish traffic jam and get stuck behind a few cows and a tractor or two. Once you arrive at a location there will be shops, supermarkets, pubs within a few minutes of the accommodation.
For all the 'Kitesurf Widows' out there or if you want to take a few hours break from kiting there are plenty of other activities on offer. SUP and surfing lessons are offered as a fun alternative for the low wind days. Ireland is a melting pot of culture, music and beautiful countryside. You might see leprechauns, breathtaking views and challenging hikes. There are also plenty of shopping opportunities on the Safaris. You could treat yourselves to a seaweed baths or a fancy spa all along the west coast. In the evenings a good local pub with creamy Guinness, traditional music and good food is never too far away. Guests are invited to rip it up on the water every day but are under no pressure to take part in everything on the days plan. The instructors will encourage and motivate you along the way but you can choose to take it easy whenever you wish.
CURRENCY: The local currency is Euro €. There are ATM's in every little town and in most of the petrol stations around Ireland.
Pick ups are at Dublin and Knock airports. Your first kite spot could will be between 20 minutes and 2 hours away. If traveling in large groups pick ups can be arranged for any other airport in Ireland.