Activity holidays get a big boost from rainy weather

IT’S an ill wind that doesn’t blow somebody some good, as a recreational facility in Kenmare discovered this summer.

The number of visitors to the Star Sailing and Adventure Centre, on the Castletownbere side of the town is up 30% on last year.

“The inclement weather has meant that people are veering away from the beaches and opting for activity-based options,” said centre general manager PJ O’Sullivan.

The centre has a range of water and land-based activities suitable for people of all ages, with canoeing and kayaking being particular favourites.

Fáilte Ireland general manager (south west) Fiona Buckley welcomed the provision of facilities that give visitors a wide choice of outdoor activities.

Meanwhile, despite unpromising weather forecasts, more than 200 walkers from this country and overseas took part in the Killarney and Kerry Walk Programme.

Jerry O’Grady, co-ordinator of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, said the weather ended up being quite favourable to walking.

Eleven people who completed six peaks of over 2,000 feet were presented with special badges.

The Fáilte Ireland supported walking programme will continue over the October bank holiday and between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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