Kayaking & SUP Tours
Kayak or paddleboard the unique Drumshamazon or the unforgettable O’Connor’s Island with Lough Allen Adventure Centre.
Enjoy fun-filled hours on Leitrim’s outstanding waterways with our friendly, experienced and qualified tour guides.
We offer two tours a day (11:00am and 3:30pm) to O’Connor’s Island and the Drumshamazon. Both tours are suitable for beginners and experienced water enthusiasts, families and solo adventurers.
Is your group finding it difficult to decide between kayaking or paddleboarding? Our kayakers and paddle boarders can travel together. You just need to let us know that you’re part of a single group.
For families, we can accommodate children from 4 years of age, kayaking with an accompanying adult.
Come join us on the unique and enchanting Drumshamazon and succumb to one of Leitrim’s secret delights.
Experience one of Ireland’s signature water tours by kayak or stand-up paddleboard (SUP).
Lough Allen Adventure Centre is the ONLY kayaking and paddleboarding tour provider who are permitted to bring kayaks and SUPs through the working lock gate.
Originally built as a working waterway during the famine/post-famine era, the Drumshamazon is part of the Shannon-Erne Blueway that was sensitively restored and re-opened in the mid-1990s.
Our tour starts from our base on the shores of Lough Allen. With Sliabh an Iarainn to your back, you’ll first experience the Lough waters and the natural landscape from close to the shores of the lake. We then pass through a working lock gate before exiting to a place of quiet adventure.
The lush foliage and unspoilt landscape on the bank insulates you from the modern world making this an enchanting and serene trip on the waters of the Blueway.
As you enter Acres Lake, you’ll pass Ireland’s first floating boardwalk, before returning to home base back along the Drumshamazon and through the lock gates again.
Our island adventure begins along the shores of Lough Allen with clear views of the magnificent Sliabh an Iarainn, where the Tuatha dé Danann, Ireland’s mythological warrior race, arrived in Ireland.
We’ll then cross Lough Allen and pass by the working sluice gates at Ballintra that regulate the flow of the Shannon on its journey south.
We take a break from the water at O’Connor’s Island, an excellent place to stretch our legs. This ancient island with established woods gives us the opportunity to step back from our busy lives and to spend some time appreciating and reconnecting with nature.
During the 19th century, this island (also known as Inisfale) was home to Maurice O’Connor, a captain in the Connaught Rangers, and his wife Caroline Chisholm. Renowned for the sailing regattas and the social gatherings at the island’s house in the late 1800s, sadly, only ruins remain now.
After returning to home base, anyone who still has energy to burn off can enjoy the customary pier jumping after their tour!
Beginners and experienced kayakers and paddleboarders are welcome.
The still waters make these tours ideal for those who don’t want to take on headier waters. For experienced water wayfarers, this unique tour will simply reconnect you with your love of quiet water adventure.
Take some time after your kayaking or SUP tour to enjoy other slow adventure experiences.
Spend a few hours on an island wilderness experience including bushcraft, campcraft and survival skills.
Enjoy one of Drumshanbo’s atmospheric pubs, visit Acres lake or simply enjoy a relaxing meal.
The Adventure Centre offers short-stay guest accommodation with panoramic views of Lough Allen and the Iron Mountain from the centre. We’ve a full self-catering kitchen and dining area.
If you prefer, we’ve space for up to 20 campers / caravans (with electric hook-up) and ample space for camping lakeside.
Just call us on +353 87 272 1001 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk to us about adding additional adventures to your kayaking or SUP tour.