A 700 nautical mile adventure expedition to the rugged coast of South West Ireland!

Expedition Ireland

15 days | 8th Apr - 22nd Apr 2022

From the stunning natural beauty of its rugged coastline to the lush green hills & moutains to small harbours & anchorages; this amazing expedtion will trigger a lifetime of memories.

This two week mini-expedition will visit Kinsale, Baltimore, Bantry Bay, the Kenmare River, Derrynane and the iconic Fastnet Rock! The Young people taking part will sail over 700 nautical miles with two long 40hr legs at the start and end of the voyage! This will be a test of endurance that will challenge and make for amazing memories.

 

£910 per person

Inlcudes: All food aboard, waterproofs

Voyage Info

15
Days Aboard
700+
Miles Sailing
6+
Locations Visited
14-18
Ages Suitable

This is a fantastic opportunity to join our sailing expedition to South-West Ireland which is rich in small, secluded anchorages and fantastic wildlife, this special shortened mini-expedition offers you the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful and unspoilt coastline in Europe. After a sail down from Fowey, rounding Lands End and then across the Celtic Sea (36 hours), you will make landfall at Kinsale.

We'll be staying for a few days to rest and recuperate after our long initial sail and this will give us a great chance to explore the local area. Kinsale can easily claim its place amongst Ireland's most historic locations as it has been a centre of population, commerce, trade and fishing far beyond record. The Town nestles between the hills and the shoreline, a maze of narrow streets, never far from the water and little changed in many hundreds of years.

From Kinsale we’ll sail towards Baltimore. With steep sided imposing cliffs on either side, the entrance to this harbour looks more like a giant natural gateway, its gateposts topped on one side with a lighthouse, the other a giant white obelisk. A fantastic place to visit!

Our third leg will see us sail around the famous Fastnet Rock & Lighthouse. Rounding the iconic Fastnet Rock is on most sailors’ bucket lists! Once around we’ll sail up into Bantry Bay and Glengarriff. Glengarriff is nestled by the foothills of the Caha Mountain range and its climate is mild and temperate due to the Jet Stream which warms the waters of Bantry Bay.

We’ll leave Bantry Bay behind and sail around into the Kenmare River. Lying to the north and running parallel to Bantry Bay there are many small harbours and spectacular anchorages on both sides of this river. Among the most popular is Sneem harbour on the north shore.

Depending on how the weather gods have treated us we may try to sail out to Great Skellig, this rugged, remote island is 15 miles of the entrance to the Kenmare River. Those who travel here rave about it. It’s even featured in Star Wars: A Force Awakens and The Last Jedi!

Now our expedition turns towards home, but not before we visit and explore Derrynane. This is a snug natural harbour, tucked away behind Lamb Island and an imposing approach. Once inside this is a spectacular, must-visit destination. From the moment we’ve settled down at anchor or on one of the visitors’ moorings and have had time to take in the view, it is easy to see why this is such a special place. Sandy beaches one way, a 1000ft hillside backdrop on the other.

After exploring and climbing the surrounding hills we return for home and a longer sail direct to visit once again the fantastic Kinsale ready to rest up for our sail back to Cornwall. Although a long last sail we’ll all be looking back on what a fantastic voyage we’ve had!

Please note: Facilities will be limited, and we can make few promises about what to expect due to the wild unpredictable nature of the weather. Weather windows will be important, and we may get stuck or need to change the itinerary if the forecast is bad.  This is a true adventure; so, if you want hot showers and need creature comforts on tap then this trip is not for you. If you get excited by heading to remote sailing grounds you will love this is your sailing expedition!

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We have grouped our voyages into categories so you have a better idea as what to expect during the voyage.

These trips sail off the beaten track & into the wild. Facilities will be limited and we can make few promises about what to expect. This is a true adventure; so if you want hot showers and need creature comforts on tap then these are not for you. If you get excited by heading to remote sailing grounds you will love our sailing expeditions. Just don’t ask us what comes next, because we don’t know either! We try to complete one major expedition every season.

  •   An adventure of a lifetime
  •   Voyage into the unknown
  •   Longer voyages, possibly split into legs

Planned Route

UK Sail Training
member of ASTO
Inspected under the standards of the MCA
Sail Training International
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
Cornwall Marine Network

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