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Fancy a paddle? Kayaking in the Emerald Isle couldn’t be more fun!

With President Obama’s recent visit, the Emerald Isle is right back on the map, with Dublin in the foreground. But don’t forget the charming city of Cork on Ireland’s south-east coast. It’s the country’s second largest city and considered to be its most traditional.

Why not take a tour of the town with a difference and keep fit while you’re at it? Atlantic Sea Kayaking (www.atlanticseakayaking.com) organize river tours of the city, allowing you to leisurely meander under historic bridges of the River Lee, taking in most of the best known landmarks such as the Opera House and St Fin Barre’s Cathedral.

The owner of Atlantic Sea Kayaking is a former Irish and British kayaking champion and a Cork man with a passion for both his birthplace and the sport, so who better to offer an entertaining and informative insight into ‘the Venice of Ireland’? Opt for two-hour double kayak daytime trips, where you’ll see otters, seals and kingfishers, or a night time trip where your reward will be a pint of Murphy’s and a good meal at the Boardwalk Bar and Grill. Alternatively, take a daylong trip out of the harbor and explore the stunning coastline.

Aer Lingus flies to Cork from London Gatwick; Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) from Liverpool, London (Stansted and Gatwick) and Dublin and British Airways (www.ba.com) from London. With flight time from London at just over an hour, you can leave frenetic city life behind and be paddling in paradise in no time!

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