Geneva Kayak Center

Inn Based

Wales – Island of Anglesey
Inn Based Trip

Wales, United Kingdom

Dates: July 7-14, 2012
Days: 8 days, 7 nights
Price: $1849 (double occupancy) $1999 (single occupancy)
Trip Level:2 - 5
Includes: 7 Nights of Guest House Accommodations, SKUK Kayaks, coaching, meals as described in the Itinerary.
Group Size: 5-8

Trip Description

Join the Geneva Kayak Center as we head to the Island of Anglesey in July of 2012! In past years, this trip has been an advanced level paddling trip, but this year’s experience will have something to offer for sea paddlers of all abilities! Our group will be staying in a beautiful seaside guest house and separating into smaller groups while paddling each day. Beginners will enjoy some of the most scenic paddling in the world - soaring cliffs, lush green landscape, castles, and snow-capped mountains while our more advanced paddlers will enjoy the same sites with the added challenge of tide races, overfalls, navigation exercises and challenging training. We’ll also have some paddling days as a whole group in which everyone can enjoy paddling together to islands or castles. Off the water, our group will enjoy scenic side trips to castles, hikes along the seaside, and treks in the mountains of Snowdonia.

Our lodgings for the week is the Tan-y-Cytiau* guest house, a large detached house situated on the side of Holyhead Mountain. Tan-y-Cytiau is close to the lighthouse at South Stack, one of the most scenic locations on Anglesey. With stunning views out to sea, the holiday property has a large main living area with views across to Trearddur Bay, as well as an open fire and large gardens mainly to the front of the house with plenty of space for guests to enjoy dining outdoors.

Our Adventure Paddling Trips are for the paddler seeking to develop his or her paddling skills and seamanship while journeying on the sea by kayak. These trips combine both inn accommodations and backcountry camping as we often paddle into remote areas. The Wales – Island of Anglesey trip is rated a GKC Level 2-5 trip and is Inn-Based. Participants’ enjoyment of the trip will be greatly enhanced by taking advantage of the numerous training opportunities that Geneva Kayak Center offers. The proper level of training will depend on what level of paddling you hope to do in Wales. Please contact our staff members with questions about training leading up the adventure.

Included in the price of the trip is lodging at Tan-y-Cytiau, meals as described in the itinerary, SKUK kayaks, transportation while on the Island of Anglesey, and coaching. Personal clothing and paddling gear are not included. This trip is guided by Ryan Rushton, the owner of the Geneva Kayak Center and a BCU 5* paddler and Level 5 ACA Instructor Trainer. Joining Ryan will be Nigel or Eila from Sea Kayak UK. Each day, we will have two groups head out for a paddle based on their skill level.

*or similarly appointed guest house elsewhere on Anglesey, dependent on group size.


(This Itinerary is given as an example of the training and some of the day paddles while in Wales, but is highly subject to change due to weather & sea conditions.)
Day 1 (Sunday)
Participants meet GKC staff in Holyhead by 5pm. Participants can fly into Manchester and take the train to Holyhead while another option includes flying into Dublin and taking the ferry (60 miles) to Holyhead. GKC trip staff will pick up participants from the train or ferry terminals. Upon setting in at Tan-y-Cytiau, participants can enjoy a coastal hike or relaxation at the Guest House.
Dinner is included
Day 2
A day paddle around Holy Island with play/training sessions at North Stack and South Stack.
Breakfast and Lunch are included
Day 3
A day trip to the Skerries from Holyhead, landing at Cemlyn.
Breakfast and Lunch are included
Day 4
Paddling in the Menai Straights tidal currents near Menai Bridge. This is a great option if it is too rough on the Irish Sea.
Breakfast and Lunch are included
Day 5
An off-water day to explore the mountains of Snowdownia. This day could include a scramble in the mountains or visiting the castle at Caernarfon.
Breakfast is included
Day 6
Paddling in the races at Harry Furlong. We can surf the waves and/or practice rescues/leadership in tidal races.
Breakfast and Lunch are included
Day 7
Play paddling/training at Penryhn Mawr.
Breakfast and Lunch are included
Day 8
We will drop off participants at the train station or ferry terminal for transport to the airports.
Breakfast is included