Brackley Lough Canoe Trail!

New for 2019!

Introducing NEW to Odd, CANOEING!

Experience a self-guided canoe tour around Brackley Lough, exploring one of the most stunning locations within our UNESCO Geopark in Cavan’s Hidden Heartlands.

Take in fabulous scenery, explore a bronze age crannog island, then enjoy a picnic and a dip at the sandy beach!
This is a perfect canoe trail for beginners.
Our stable Canadian canoes seat up to three, for families of all sizes from age 4.

Available half or full day hire, with or without added activities. (prices at bottom of page)

Canoe Trail at Out-Doors & Dirty

Brackley Lough’s mostly peaceful and ever-changing setting is the ideal place to while away a few hours or spend a day picnicking and paddling with family and friends.
Look out for plenty of waterfowl, shy otters, flowering iris and water lilies plus of course cows, sheep (and farmers) – all from the prime viewpoint of your canoe!

On a more serious note, we recommend that parents taking children on the water for the first time stay close to the perimeter of Brackley Lough where you can leave the water at any time.
This is particularly important when parents are also beginners.

We will provide you with a map of the lough, which will help you keep your bearings and gives information on what to look out for or avoid.
Your Canadian canoe can seat up to three, or two plus your picnic and plenty of water, sun screen or rain jacket, towels, etc.

You will be provided with paddles, buoyancy aids and helmets along with your canoe

Buoyancy Aids

We accept youngsters from age 4 provided our smallest buoyancy aids fit properly. If it is too big we are sorry, but they wont be able to take part.

Buoyancy aids must be worn ​at all times​ whilst canoeing at ODD, even if you’re an Olympic-standard swimmer!

Important Information

Important Information

Be Prepared; conditions on large loughs like Brackley can change quickly. No matter what the forecast is, be prepared. Plan your day well in advance with all your group members.

Alcohol and paddling: please keep to water and soft drinks while canoes are on hire.

Please have a mobile phone with you on your canoe trek in the unlikely event of an emergency.


Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when canoeing. Children must never be left in your canoe unattended.

If you suffer from a medical condition that could potentially be worsened by canoeing, we advise you not to canoe. If in doubt, consult your doctor before making a booking.

For safety reasons, we do not accept solo paddlers.

As fun as paddling a canoe may be, there is always going to be an element of risk involved. You will be asked to sign a disclaimer confirming you understand and accept that risk for yourself and your family, and that you have no physical condition which could be made worse by canoeing.

You the hirer must be aged 18 or over. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of the rest of the group. You should be a competent swimmer (50 m or more) with some previous experience of canoeing if you intend to leave the shoreline.

Every person must attend the safety briefing and if over 18 complete and sign a Health and Safety Disclaimer Form for themselves and on behalf of minors.


What should we wear?

Wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet in together with old trainers, sandals or ‘crocs’. Wellington Boots can be dangerous as they easily fill with water so please don’t wear them when canoeing. Bring a change of clothing in case you get wet. We have some wet suits that can be hired.

Can we bring our dog?

No, too many sheep lakeside.

Can I fish?

Yes, catch and release only. No permit required.

Can we swim?

We suggest you paddle to the public sandy beach for safe swimming, where there are also picnic tables and WCs

How can I keep valuables safe?

We will supply a dry-bag which when used correctly will keep phones dry, but
you are responsible for the safe keeping and storage of your own belongings. Bring only essentials.

Will I be insured?

Out-Doors and Dirty carries public liability insurance. However personal insurance is NOT included in the hire fee and participants take part at their own risk. We recommend that clients take out their own insurance for travel, cancellation, liability cover and personal accident.

Where do I leave my rubbish?

We will dispose of it for you provided it is bagged up.


You can hire canoes for up to three hours or up to five hours, in all instances returned by 5 pm.
For safety reasons bookings are not accepted for single paddlers, so there must be at least two of you.

What happens if we are late returning the canoes?    You should call us to tell us you are going to be late so we don’t have to launch a rescue party. We will apply a charge for a further half day’s hire.

Full payment is requested at time of booking, and we will also require a €100 damage deposit per canoe, paid on arrival, refunded on canoe’s safe return with all equipment. Hirer will be asked to provide ID.

Rates per Canoe

Children under 10 sharing canoe with 2 adults GO FREE for July!

HALF DAY  (up to 3 hours)
€30 per adult (17y+)
€17.50 per child (4 to 16y)

FULL DAY   (up to 5 hours)
€40 per adult (17y+)
€25.00 per child (4 to 16y)

*Minimum of 2 persons per booking.
*One adult per canoe at all times.