Links

Quick References
Sea Area Forecast – latest sea area forecast from Met Eireann.
Dublin Bay Weather – from the Dun Laoghaire weather station, updated every 10 minutes.
Coastal Reports – Coastal reports from weather stations and met. buoys around Ireland, from Met Eireann.
3 Hour Weather maps – rain and wind maps for 3 hours from now from Met Eireann.
Rainfall map – rain map from Met Eireann.
Weather Maps – Atlantic charts for midday today and tomorrow from Met Eireann.
Midterm forecast - Windguru – Windguru's midrange forecast.
Midterm forecast - Magic Seaweed – Magic Seaweed's wind forecast for Ireland and the UK for the next week.
Midterm forecast - Met Eireann – Met Eireann's 5 day forecast.
Midterm forecast - XC Weather – XC Weather from the UK.
Windfinder – Forecast for Dublin.
Tides – Tides for the next week for Dublin. Don't forget to apply (add) the hour in summer...
Marine databuoy observations  – Databuoy observations from around the Irish coast.

Kayak Manufacturers
Nigel Dennis Kayaks - makers of the Romany Explorer (and other)
Valley Canoe Products – quality kayaks from the makers of the Nordkapp

 

Clothing Manufacturers
Chill Cheater – makers of kayaking fleeces, cags, tops and bottoms
Kokatat – quality kayaking clothing from the US
Yak - Quality clothing

 

Other Gear
Silva – makers of compasses, optics and GPS
Kari-tek – makers of kayaking trailers, J bars, V bars and easy load roof racks
Thule – Roof racks, J bars and other kayak carrying fittings

 

Skills
Knots – Animated knots, showing you how to tie them.

 

Irish Organisations
Own Our Oil – Protecting Ireland's natural resources
Dublin Bay Concern – Concerned citizens protecting Dublin Bay
Irish Coast Guard – Irish Search and Rescue Organisation
Commissioners of Irish Lights – Organisation responsible for lighthouses around Ireland
Marine Institute – supporting the Marine Industry in Ireland.
Light Keepers – an independent Irish film company, producing DVDs of Irish lighthouses
John Eagle Photography – John Eagle's photos of Irish lighthouses
Northern Ireland Canoe and Kayak Trails – All the canoe and kayak trails in Northern Ireland.
Leinster Open Sea Swimming – Open sea swimmers.

 

Natural History
Irish Whale and Dolphin Group – Group dedicated to conservation & understanding of whales, dolphins and porpoises.
Irish Seal Sanctuary – Dedicated to the protection and care of seals
Marine Dimensions – Organisation dedicated to Marine education, research and conservation
EcoJel – Understanding jellyfish in the Irish Sea
Living the Wildlife – Colin Stafford Johnson on Irish wildlife

 

Irish Sea Kayaking Organisations
Irish Sea Kayaking Association – the voluntary association representing sea kayaking in Ireland.
Ocean to City Race – 15mile race around Cork Harbour in June.
Irish Canoe Union – the governing body for all canoeing in Ireland.
ICU TDU - The Training and Development Unit of the Irish Canoe Union.
CANI – the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland representing canoeing in the North.
Wiska – West of Ireland Sea Kayak Association.
Celtic Sea Kayaking – Sea Paddling in the South East of Ireland.

 

Irish Sea Kayaking Providers
Sea Paddling.com – Mick O'Meara in Waterford
H2O Sea Kayaking – Jon & Alayne Hynes in Ballinspittle, Co.Cork
Atlantic Sea Kayaking – Jim Kennedy in West Cork
Kayakmór – Jim Morrissey in Galway
Saoirse na Mara – Ali Donald in Galway Bay and Clew Bay
Robin Ruddock - Robin Ruddock in Portrush, Co.Antrim
Tollymore – Tollymore Mountain Centre in Co.Down
Shearwater Sea Kayaking - Sean Pierce and Eileen Murphy in Howth, Co.Dublin

 

Irish Activity Providers
Hill Top Treks – Hillwalking in Dublin/Wicklow
Dun Laoghaire Powerboat School – Powerboat and VHF courses in DL
Go Sailing in Dun Laoghaire – Cruise around Dublin Bay

 

Irish Islands
Oileáin – guide to the Irish Islands. Published in book form in 2004 with 2nd edition in 2014.
Irish Islands - an excellent site on the islands of Ireland by John Chambers of St. Cronan's School, Bray, Co.Wicklow
Saltees – Saltee Islands, Co.Wexford
Cape Clear Island – Cape Clear Island, Co.Cork
Clare Island - Clare Island, Co.Mayo
Inishbofin – Inishbofin Island, Co.Galway
Irish Islands Federation - Comhdháil Oileáin na hÉireann, the Irish Islands Federation
Inishmurray - Inishmurray, Co.Sligo, website by Dan Doyle
Inishmurray - website by Sligo Heritage
Donegal Islands - Nice website on some Donegal Islands
Islandmore, Strangford - Mike Faulkner on Strangford Lough, author of The Blue Cabin

 

Weather
Met Eireann – an excellent site from the Irish Met service.
Met Eireann Sea Area Forecast – the latest forecast from Met Eireann
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Weather - The latest weather from Dun Laoghaire, Co.Dublin
UK Met Office Inshore forecast - UK local inshore forecast
UK Met Office main shipping area forecast - UK sea area forecast

 

Greenland paddling
Qajak USA – a wealth of information of Greenland kayaking.

 

International Sea Kayaking Providers
UK
Sea Kayaking Cornwall - Sea kayak adventure in Cornwall with Simon Osborne & Jeff Allen.
Sea Kayaking UK - Sea kayaking with Nigel Dennis in Anglesey.
Adventerous Experiences - Isle of Man with Keirron Tastagh.
Kayak.im - Isle of Man - link with local paddlers.
Europe
Terra Santa - Israel, the Greek Islands and the Red Sea - Terra Santa Expeditions
Americas
Sea Kayak Georgia - Georgia USA.
Kayaking tours - Kayak tours to British Columbia, specializing in kayaking with the killer whales.
Solstua West - Luxury camping and kayaking on Rendezvous Island, British Columbia
Body Boat Blade - San Juan islands, Washington USA
See Kayak - A useful site of worldwide sea kayaking links.Kayak Ways - Cheri Perry & Turner Wilson Greenland kayaking and rolling.

 

Other Adventure Sites
Wilderness Scotland - Wilderness Scotland, inspiring adventures in the wild places of Scotland.

 

UK Organisations
Northern Lighthouse Board – responsible for Scottish lighthouses.
Trinity House – responsible for English and Welsh lighthouses.
Royal Institute of Navigation – for those interested in navigation.
RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution>

 

Irish Tourism
Dublin Tourism
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown – Borough of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown in South Dublin.
Dublin Tourism – Visit Dublin, the website of Dublin Tourism.
Getting about
Budget Car rental – Good value car rental.
Places to stay
Airport hotels – Dublin Airport Hotels.
Dun Laoghaire B&B – Ophira bed and breakfast in DL, run by John and Cathy O'Connor.
Barnacles – Barnacles Hostel in Temple Bar.