Here’s what I’m planning to do. I’m going to load up my kayak and start paddling south from Bullock Harbour, Dublin, on 7th May 2017, weather permitting. According to the road atlas (and other trip reports) it’s about a 1,500km journey to paddle all the way around Ireland, 1,535km according to my piece of string. It depends a bit on where one paddles, but this assumes I cut across most of the bays and take the short route wherever possible.
I don’t know exactly how long it’s going to take me, because it depends on a lot of factors, but others have done it in between 23 and 97 days. There’s a list of most who’ve done it, some of whom I know and have paddled with. This is not a record attempt, but I’m no slouch either, so all things considered I think it’s going to take me between 39 and 51 days elapsed. That works out at an average of between 35 and 45km on paddling days, assuming I paddle 6 days/week. All sounds plausible, but uncertain. It’s a bit rough and ready, but that’s the way it has to be right now.
Where will I be?
Based on the above averages, I’ve figured out where I should be and when at all points of note and some of no note at all! If you want to know where I’ll be this far ahead of time, that’s the best guess. Once I’m on my way, I’ll be making more detailed plans on a daily basis for the 2 to 3 days ahead, based on weather, tide and such like. Some days, if I’m feeling keen and the wind and tide is behind me I’m likely to travel much further than the average, but the converse is also true if I’m tired or there’s a strong headwind. I won’t be paddling at all if the weather means conditions will be unsuitable.
So that you see where I actually am, not just where I say I should be, I have a GPS satellite tracker which should upload a new position to the website at least every half an hour. You can view my position on a map here. I’m also intending to update the blog page here frequently, most days when I’m out, when I have a mobile data connection.
Paddle with me
I’d like to meet up and paddle with friends en-route. If you’re a competant sea kayaker and you’d like to meet up and paddle with me for a few legs, please get in touch in advance. You’ll need to be self-sufficient, willing and able to paddle 30km/day in reasonable west-coast conditions.