Bantry Blueway - Red Trail

County Cork
Grade Advanced
Length 8.8 km
Am 3 hours
Format Linear
Start Point
Abbey Point Slipway
Finish Point
Abbey Point Slipway
Nearest Town to Start Bantry
Grid Ref. V 982 483
Lat. and Long. 51.678516, -9.472751

Follow the Blue Trail description to Bank House on Whiddy Island and continue north to where the crossing point is marked by an orange buoy and flag where a wind flag will indicate local wind conditions.This is a 2 km long (45 minute) open water crossing which requires experience to successfully complete. Beware of winds and tidal flows at the crossing. Cross between Horse Island and Chapel Island flanked by mussel farm buoys to the green channel marker. From the green channel marker head for the Blueway flag on Reenbeg Point. Then cross the small bay south to reach Railway Pier and on to Abbey Slipway.

Maps and other information

Trail Management



Car parking, accommodation, shops, restaurants, cafes

Abbey Slip to Whiddy Island to Abbey Slip
Canoeing & Kayaking is an
adventure sport. When you
go canoeing follow the five
points below to stay safe:Planning - Plan your trip well
in advance by consulting
with the Blueway website
and local providers.Experience - Ensure the Blueway
is a suitable match for your
group's experience. Water
can be dangerous, if you are
inexperienced use a local guide
and seek formal training.Conditions - Consult the
weather forecast and tide
tables in advance of your
trip and if unguided only go
out in favourable conditions,
clear days with low wind.Equipment - Always wear
an approved buoyancy
aid. Ensure your boat has
adequate buoyancy. Bring
suitable clothing, such as
a wetsuit and equipment to
deal with an emergency.Emergencies - In the event of
capsize, stay with your craft,
be ready and equipped to
help one another. Always bring
some form of communication
with you, ie mobile phone -
VHF. Ensure your group has
a towing system in place. For further information, visit the Bantry Bay Port Company website or the below Map Booklet

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 85

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