4th out of 40 books — 38 voters
On Celtic Tides: One Man's Journey Around Ireland by Sea Kayak
by Chris Duff
A sea kayak battles the freezing Irish waters as the morning sun rises out of the countryside. On the western horizon is the pinnacle of Skellig Michael-700 feet of vertical rock rising out of exploding seas. Somewhere on the isolated island are sixth-century monastic ruins where the light of civilization was kept burning during the Dark Ages by early Christian Irish monks...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published November 4th 2000 by St. Martin's Griffin
(first published August 30th 1999)
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Very inspirational. More than one of those "There I was..." kind of stories, Duff goes on to explain the relationships he forged with the people he met along his journey, and allows a peek into their lifestyles. Not "over-descriptive" and bragging like a lot of kayak travel books. I've had the pleasure of meeting Chris Duff, and he is a genuine, soft-spoken, and considerate individual...who just so happens to be an amazing kayaker and story-teller!
Reading this book I became totally immersed in the experience of going around Ireland in a kayak. I loved the strength of the descriptions of the places and people he met along the trip. I also loved the passion he had for the sea and his clear intimacy with the journey he was on. I felt that not only was he open and honest about what the trip meant to him, he also sparked my desire to experience some of what he did on that trip.
An intimate and inspiring account of a physical and spiritual journey around Ireland in a sea kayak. Chris Duff considers a privilege "to see both the setting and rising of the sun and to have the time to sit and watch the shadows change. Such an ordinary thing - and yet so extraordinary." Descriptions of his paddling experience, places he visited and people he met are captivating.