Bantry Blue Way


The launch in early August 2015 of the Bantry Blue Way has added a wonderful dimension to what Bantry has to offer visitors and locals alike who are keen canoers or kayakers.  You can start your trip at The Abbey Slipway and can choose either the 2 hour trip (Blue Trail) or the longer Red Trail - 3hours/9km (for more experienced canoers/kayakers).

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ABBEY POINT SLIPWAY TO RAILWAY PIER RETURN
Green Trail: Beginner Trail
Access Point: Abbey Slipway
Distance: 2 km return Duration: 1 hour return
Description: Short return trail between Abbey Slipway (1) and Railway Pier (7). Beware of Ferries operating from Bantry Pier.


ABBEY POINT SLIPWAY TO BANK HOUSE RETURN
Blue Trail: Intermediate Trail
Access Point: Abbey Slipway
Distance: 6km return Duration: 2 hour return
Description: Travels west to point (2) where the crossing point is marked by a signpost and flag. Beware of winds and tidal flows at the crossing, a wind flag at point (2) will indicate local wind conditions. If suitable cross 600m (15 minutes) to the Blueway flag on Whiddy Island point (3). Be careful of ferries operating between Whiddy Island and Bantry. Follow trail to Bank House on Whiddy Island (4). Return via the same Blue Intermediate Loop to Abbey Slipway.

ABBEY SLIPWAY TO WHIDDY ISLAND TO ABBEY SLIPWAY - LONG LOOP
Red Trail: Advanced Trail
Access Point: Abbey Slipway
Distance: 9km Duration: 3 hours
Description: Follow the Blue Trail description to Bank
House on Whiddy Island (4) continue north to point (5) where the crossing point is marked by an orange buoy and flag. This is a 2 km long (45 minute) open water crossing which requires experience to successfully complete. Beware of winds and tidal flows at the crossing, a wind flag at point (5) will indicate local wind conditions. Cross between Horse Island and Chapel Island flanked by mussel farm buoys to the green channel marker. From the green channel marker head for the Blueway flag on Reenbeg Point (6). Then cross the small bay south to reach Railway Pier (7) and on to Abbey Slipway (1).

Disclaimer: Users of this trail do so at their own risk.


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