Drift through the reeds towards tree-lined Fool’s Island on a charming loop that’s perfect for guided intermediate paddlers. Amid the island’s reed banks, quiet, keen-eyed paddlers might even spot some native wildcats sipping water along the shore.

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Trailhead Location



Fool’s Island Loop


Suitable for beginners with a guide and intermediate paddler


2km loop


40 minutes


A delightful loop around Fool’s Island (Foot’s Island) which begins in the reed channel, to your right (north), on leaving Kilgarvan Quay. The island is largely tree-lined and tends to be sheltered from the wind on its northern side. Keep your eyes peeled and stay quiet and you may just see one of the native wildcats coming down for a drink as you navigate through the reed banks.