Soak up the views over headlands, a restored stone marina, grassy quaysides and charming Goat Island on a blueway trail ideal for intermediate paddlers. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the well-sheltered Black Lake near the finish point at Skehanagh.

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Trailhead Location



Kilgarvan to Skehanagh


Suitable for intermediate paddlers, exposed to prevailing winds for large sections


​7.7 km one way


2 hour 40 min one way


Exit Kilgarvan travelling left (south west) in the direction of Coolbaun Quay and marina (1km). Pass this headland and the restored stone marina just before Bellview Point and travel towards the long narrow strip of Goat Island (4km) – where it may be possible to have lunch – the wind and water on the southern side can be rough here. Then pass the next broad headland, Curraghmore Point, where you travel east towards the grassy quay at Skehanagh. There is also the option of entering into the partially-hidden reed channel marked by two wooden poles and the well-sheltered Black Lake about 100 metres south of Skehanagh.

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