That evening when I returned home I was eager to get out my new edition of OILEAIN and see what it had to say about our proposed trip;
"This one day expedition round Achill Head has to be one of the foremost Irish paddling trips, to be grabbed when conditions allow and with caution"
At this point the two ladies in the group fell behind a little so myself and Michael waited right at the tip of the Headland in some bouncy conditions before we all rounded Achill Head at 16:30. We were met by very strong tidal streams running west that surprised us all with their show of force. These were easily paddled past as we made our way along the last section of isolated cliff face to our exit point. The sea state on this side of the Island was flat, calm and a nice relaxing way to finish the trip. We pulled into the beautiful Keem Strand at 17:30 and we were drenched in glorious sunshine as we packed up for the drive home. A very enjoyable trip that was challenging enough to keep me interested and everyone working hard for the reward of completing it. Given its remote , exposed coastline and committing nature it is not for the inexperienced paddler and should only be done if weather allows.
Below is a map of our route.
Boat- Wilderness Zephyr
Paddles- Orka Outer wings
Outer wear- Immersion research cag, Kokatat dry pants.
BA- Astral Willis
Footwear- Astral Water Tennies