New Bay Lough venture takes visitors out of their depth

KMD Active members Gráinne Moynihan and Pat Walsh, Mitchelstown, kayaking in the mist of Bay Lough.

A new way to enjoy Bay Lough, the beautiful lake outside Clogheen, has been launched with kayaking now available across the reputedly bottomless lake. Promoters Knockmealdown (KMD) Active say that the lake is one of the most visited spots in South Tipperary, as well as the legendary status it holds as the resting place of Mary Hannigan, the witch known as ‘Petticoat Loose’.

Bay Lough is also the seat of the lake section of the annual ‘Knock ME Down Adventure Race’. A spokesperson for KMD Active said that people who have participated often cite the kayaking portion as the most enjoyable part of the race. However, the logistics of getting a kayak to Bay Lough is a barrier, and so the launch of this venture makes it a more feasible day out for any water-loving visitors.

All kayaks are the sit-on variety, which are “very easy to manage”. KMD Active promise that, in the worst-case scenario, you just fall off and get back on again. 

“You can’t get trapped in the boat, because you don’t get into it. This is different to a sit-in kayak, which requires a good deal more experience. Volunteers from the Knockmealdown Active group and fully qualified instructors will be on hand to ensure that everything runs smoothly on the lake.”

Pat Walsh, Mitchelstown, kayaking at Bay Lough

With no currents, there’s no paddling against the tide in Bay Lough and plenty of opportunity to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the lake and its surrounds. The fun is aimed at beginners and those learning to kayak, with single and double kayaks available. 

No specific clothing is necessary, and all safety gear and equipment is provided. However, a change of clothes and footwear is advisable. Kayaks are available to rent on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holiday Mondays from 11am to 4pm.

Bookings are taken online in advance or by card-only at the lake; however, online bookings take precedence. Prices are €18 per hour for a single, and €25 for a double. KMD Active also warn that the next three weeks are likely to be busy, as people flock to the region to see the rhododendrons in bloom.

Booking is now open at