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Selkie Sailing

'Where the shore ends, the adventure begins'


Selkie Sailing

We are an established instructor based company that offers tuition and practical guidance for sailing, kayaking, boat handling and watersports in general. Our Instructors have experience as well as a great passion for the sea.

We have a wide variety of small sailing boats to ensure a satisfactory experience for our clients which will ultimately enable everyone to achieve their individual sailing goals.   Sailing is a great pass time as well as a great foundation sport for all your water sports, like windsurfing and kite surfing etc. 


Where are we?

Gweedore is an area of outstanding beauty.   It is a Special Area of Conservation, the sand dunes and long golden beaches all host a wide variety of flora, fauna and seaweeds, which encourages a variety of wildlife and therefore a haven to any naturalist.

Spring sees  a migration of a large number of different types of birds, to name a few;  Artic Skuas, Sandwich Terns and Gannets with the occasional rare visitors like the Short Eared Owl.   Late spring sees an abundance of thrift covering the island of Umfin and sea swells would allow a sighting of the blow hole working.   Also Tory Island becomes host to a colony of Puffins.

You know the summer has arrived when the air is filled with the song of the Skylark. On the mainland and over on the islands the ground nesting  birds like the Oyster Catcher and Ring Plovers busy themselves raring their young, the sea cliffs have colonies of shags, cormorants and fulmars.  The nights are so short and the chance of seeing an otter, a basking shark, a bottle nose dolphin or a porpoise are therefore higher.

The Curlews come from their higher summer breeding grounds, to join the Sandlins and Dunlins on the coast.  Seal pups are being born and rest on the rocks and sandy beaches of the islands.

Here at Gweedore we tend to have a milder temperature than inland, but feel the full force of the Atlantic winds and seas.  The area attracts an influx of the most hardy surfers as they take advantage of the sea swells.  Brent and Barnacle Geese feed here and on the off shore islands, and our position sees occasional visitors like the long tailed duck.

The Name Selkie Sailing

We use both the Gaelige and the English spelling of Selkie Sailing, because we live and run the courses mostly in the Gaeltacht area of Gweedore.

What is Selkie... a Selkie is a mythical creature, that is half man half seal.  Unlike the mermaid who is depicted as half woman/man half fish, a selkie is a seal in the ocean but has the ability to come onto land, remove the outer layer of seal skin to reveal a beautiful dark eyed human.  Like the mermaid they have been praised and feared by men, as there is stories of help at sea in times of distress, men and women who have been lured to the sea by the Selkie.  There is another story of men stealing the skin of the female selkie and then tricking her to be his bride.