Crossings: Isle of Man / Northern Ireland

Situated in the centre of the Irish Sea the Isle of Man is a perfect draw for many a sea kayaker. It's positioning means it can often be seen from many places on the surrounding mainland on a clear day. It also means that the tidal flows from both north and south meet around the island, requiring some good planning to make the trip. The island also provides fantastic coastline, demanding tide races and plenty of wildlife, including Basking Sharks.
In recent times this has become an increasingly popular crossing as paddlers use this route as a crossing to Northern Ireland as part of their UK Circumnavigation route.

Snowdonia Watersports

Isle of Man - Northern Ireland

Route Distance: ~29 nm / 54 km
Prevailing direction: --


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1K1MGeorge Shaw06:35:0003-Jun-13PeelKearney PointSKUK Explorer--
2K1MJohn Willacy07:26:0015-Apr-12NiarbylKearneyRockpool TaranYesBlog
3K1MGeorge Shaw07:53:0004-Jun-13Kearney PointPeelSKUK Explorer--
4K1MPaddy O'Donovan08:10:0001-Jun-10ArdglassPeelSipre Tintorera--
5(1)K1WCatriona Woods08:55:0020-Jun-2013Knockinelder BayPeelValley Nordkapp LV--
6K1MSean Morley~09:30:0002-May-04PeelArdglassKirton C-Trek--Link1
7K1MJoe Leach?15-May-2012Port St MaryArdglassRockpool Taran--Blog

7 solo paddlers.
CW = clockwise, CCW = counter-clockwise


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1TeamNatalie Maderova
Michal Madera
11:00:00May-2012Port ErinBallyquintin PointTiderace Xplore
Tiderace Xplore
2TeamClaire Hughes
Conor Murray
11:30:0022-May-2010KearneyPeelValley Nordkapp
SKUK Explorer
3TeamClaire Hughes
Conor Murray
14:25:0023-May-2010PeelKearneyValley Nordkapp
SKUK Explorer
4TeamPhil Clegg
Barry Shaw
Harry Whelan
?2005??SKUK Explorer
SKUK Explorer


9 team paddlers in 4 teams


Claire Hughes / Conor Murray et al. (23-May-2010)
Claire and Conor paddled the return journey to Kearney the following day. The return took 14:25
Joe Leach : (15-May-2012)
Day 16 of GB Circumnavigation trip.
Natalie Maderova / Michal Madera et al. (May-2012)
Paddled as part of their GB Circumnavigation trip.
Sean Morley : (02-May-04)
Sean made this crossing as part of his solo circumnavigation of the GB and Ireland.
John Willacy : (15-Apr-12)
Day 3 of GB Circumnavigation trip
Catriona Woods : (20-Jun-2013)
From Catriona:"I found the trip really great, loved all of it. Didn't feel tired or bored at any point. Today, having had loads of time to think about it, I don't feel a massive sense of acheivement. The conditions were beautiful apart from the middle couple of hours with decent chop. The distance and time seemed be in my stride and didn't take too much out of me at all. However the balls of my feet were telling me to get a fixed solid plate fitted - whoever designed them wee foot pegs in my Nordkapp wasn't paddling long distances! So what did I learn? I have good stamina and I never loose an argument in my own company. Also, I must do a course for open crossing navigation and be able to apply educated knowledge for the impact wind has on course and resulting route and how to correct for same. I also learnt having boat fitted out is essential - I still have not quite figured out where I should have everything. I ended up with a camera, phone and another plastic case on strings around my neck - not easy to sort when wanting one of them!"

Isle of Man - Northern Ireland
11 completions -- 7 solo + 4 team + 0 escorted
16 paddlers in total (7 solo / 9 team / 0 escorted

Route Distance: ~29 nm / 54 km
Prevailing direction: --
Recorded Start Points: