May Weekend Trip – Lough Erne

This year saw around 22 members of CCKA turn up for the annual away trip to the Share Holiday Village over the May bank holiday weekend. The Share Centre was a great venue as it offered both chalet and camping options for members. As well as easy access to Lough Erne, it also had numerous other activities available.

The advance party arrived on Friday for a bit of socialising with the remainder coming down on Saturday morning. There was another great turnout this year, even with the prospect of poor weather. Saturday saw us split into 3 groups. The first group, led by Lyndsay McPhee headed off to Ballyconnell for some white water fun. The second group led by John Vance headed off for a long distance sea kayak trip on Lough Erne. Steve Smith led the 3rd group on a shorter sea kayak trip around Trannish Island. The short sea kayak trip ended with a session at Smiths Strand which allowed the group to try various sea and other kayaks.

The evenings activities kicked off early with most heading to Franks Bar in Lisnaskea for a few pre-dinner drinks. Once the long distance sea kayakers had returned everyone came together for a club dinner which had been provided by Glenn Biesty. Needless to say the action carried on back at the chalet until the wee hours.

Sunday morning started off early for the first group which were again heading off for a long sea kayak trip with John Vance. They planned to stop at Crom and the Hare Krishna Island on the way back. The rest headed off to Ballyconnell in kayaks and canoes. A few even managed to squeeze in a romantic walk of the Crom Estate. After a few runs it was back to Share for fun activities. On offer was Dinghy Sailing, Canoe Sailing, Power-boating and Drontheim Sailing. Thanks to Shooter (Elaine Alexander) for pulling this together and also to Roy Huddleson for bringing the Drontheim.

Unfortunately Sunday evening came around and with farewells said, half of the group had to head home. The other half headed off to the Waterside Mill for a very fine dinner and then back to the chalet for more socialising. On Monday a couple went mountain biking at near by Blessingborne Estate whilst the rest headed south to run the Inny River in County Longford.

It was a fantastic weekend with lots of different activities. Thanks must not only go to the organisers and leaders but also to everyone who attended. The enthusiasm and craic was great. Lots of plans and ideas were hatched over a few drinks and next years May weekend trip is eagerly awaited.