Last week was a very interesting one with the Adventure Trade Travel Association annual summit in Killarney this year. Myself and my colleague Chloe were there to visit adventure travel company owners and assembled media over the course of four days. It was an enlightening few of days as we spoke to people from all over the world who are running both similar companies and different ones to ours, and so we learned some new ideas and tricks.
The only problem was that now I have this long list of places and people I have to go and visit spread from Chile up to Anchorage, Alaska and into Ecuador and Montana! It was also a chance to talk to fellow tour operators in Ireland and to see where we can work together. It was a chance to show off Killary Adventure Centre to international delegates who wanted to look at what we had to offer and to help showcase the Wild Atlantic Way. What I took away from the conference was that a lot of these people did not know the amount of adventure that we had on offer in Ireland and it was great to show them all the possibilities on offer. Little did they know that, at Killary, we had the only bungee jump in Ireland or that you could wakeboard one moment and jump off a cliff the next.
I finished at the Summit on Friday morning and then drove back to Killary to get ready for the Great Fjord Swim and what a couple of days we had. I got home to be confronted by crystal clear water and no wind at all. One of those lovely crisp Autumn days when it feels good to be outside and everything is good with the world. We welcomed over 450 people into the centre for the race and had a great time as we guided them around the confines of Killary Harbour. For the newbies we had a route running from one side of the fjord to the other, this involved getting a ferry over to the northern edge of the fjord and then jumping in to swim back. Again a great little race and one that had the whole field being 'chicked' when it was won by a lady.
On to this week and it has been a busy one as we welcome back one of our schools form Glendalough and also as I put in a few miles in preparation for the Mourne Skyrunning Race, a 35 km race up and down a few hills in the Mourne mountains. Preparations have been a bit hampered by all the work over the last few weeks but I hope I will give a half decent account of myself as there will be a few professionals on the start line.
Good luck on your own adventures and catch up next week.