Tintern Abbey Kayaking Experience

Paddle the "Great Knight's" unplanned journey to this Stunning Monastery

Tintern Abbey Kayaking Experience


  • Approximately 2-hour Kayaking Experience Designed for Complete Beginners
  • Paddle the “Great Knight‘s” unplanned journey to this Stunning Monastery
  • Be safe in the hands of Qualified Kayak Guides with Full kayaking tuition included
  • Kayaking to Tintern Abbey by is a Truly Magical Experience that you will never forget
  • Discover and immerse yourself in this amazing location and hear its epic stories
  • Dock at the Abbey itself and re-energize with a mid-tour hot drink & snack included!
  • Spot our local seals, who occasionally tail our kayaks, to see what we are up to!
  • Marine wildlife such as dolphins, otters, and an impressive variety of coastal birds use the same habitat that we carefully explore
  • Get up close to the “Port Lairge” shipwreck near St Kieran’s Quay

Embark on an epic Kayaking journey along the legendary Bannow Bay and Hook Peninsula on Ireland’s south coast! Glide through the ripples of history, following the trail of the great Knight, William Marshal, who founded the awe-inspiring Tintern Abbey. This isn’t just a kayak tour; it’s an exploration of Ireland’s Ancient East in the most exhilarating way possible!

Brace yourself for a unique adventure as you paddle through the stunning natural wonders of The Hook Peninsula. Uncover jaw-dropping historical tales, a rich heritage, and diverse wildlife—all woven into the fabric of this magical coastline.

Location: Bannow Bay

Nestled on the edge of The Hook Peninsula in County Wexford, Bannow Bay is a coastal haven awaiting your discovery. With sandy beaches stretching for miles and rugged cliffs framing the Atlantic, it’s a serene yet wild escape. The bay invites you to unwind and explore a tapestry of Irish history. Discover the secrets of this magical Atlantic location, where every turn unveils a new chapter. Bannow Bay promises an authentic escape for those seeking the beauty of Ireland’s coast. Come, let the whispers of the sea enchant you.

What To Bring

  • Bottle of Water / Soft Drink*
  • Footwear you don’t mind getting wet / Wetsuit Boots or Aqua Shoes*
  • Arrive wearing shorts* or bathing suit* so transition into a wetsuit is easy (Please avoid cotton under wetsuit)
  • Sun cream*
  • Extra snack if required e.g bar, nuts, etc.*
  • Sunglasses*
  • Towel*

What Is Included

  • Local Expert Guide
  • Full Length Wetsuit
  • Kayaking Safety Gear
  • Kayaking Equipment
  • Pre-Tour Tuition
  • Mid Tour Snack
  • Chocolatey Hot Drink

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I check availability and book my experience?
You can view live availability and book in by clicking on the “Book now!”-button on the page of the experience of your choice. Choose the date and time of your preference and available times and the number of spaces available will then be displayed, after which you fill in your personal details and complete payment in order to confirm your reservation. You will receive a confirmation email within minutes, if not, please make sure to check your spam folder and mark us as “safe” as you will also receive an important reminder email. On your bank statement it will say “Trekksoft/AGTheIrishExperience” or sometimes shortened by the bank to “Trekksoft”.
When should I arrive?
You should check-in at least 30 minutes before your tour start-time at our Booking Office (Eircode: Y34P778, the big green building on the corner, you won't miss it!). Please be prepared to wait for people checking in ahead of you.
What is the starting location?
After check-in at our Booking Office you will then drive yourself to Saint Kearns. Here you will get changed into your wetsuit and meet your guide at the tour start time. You can park up at this location.
Do I need to be able to swim?
No, you do not need to be able to swim to join one of our kayaking experiences. You will always be provided with a buoyancy aid, which will keep you afloat if you are in the water and a guide will always be near to help you back into your kayak, although our sit-on top kayaks are extremely stable – especially our double XL kayaks.
Do I need prior kayaking experience?
Not at all, our experiences are suitable for all, ranging from people who have never kayaked before to experienced kayakers.
Is there a minimum age?
The minimum age for our Tintern Abbey Kayaking Experience is 10 y/o and the minimum age for a single kayak is 13 y/o. When sharing a double kayak at least one of the participants has to be minimum age 16y/o.
Are there weight or height restrictions?
There is a maximum weight limit for our kayaking experiences. The maximum weight limit for our single kayaks is approximately 125kg / 20 stone and the combined total weight restriction for our double XL kayaks is approximately 190kg / 30 stone. There are no height restrictions.
Should we choose a double or a single kayak?
Our double XL kayaks are by far the most popular kayak, as they are the most stable and you can share the paddling together. Please note: Our guides will always be in their own kayaks and cannot share a kayak with any guests or their children.
Why can I not select more than 1 single kayak?
At weekends and during the summertime only double kayaks are available, with the exception (where possible) for solo travelers or odd numbered groups.
Do minimum numbers apply for the experience to go ahead?
Yes, a minimum of 6 participants must be booked in for this experience to go ahead. If this is not the case we will be in touch to reschedule.
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