Ecotourism is more than just a travel trend; it’s a commitment to sustainable, responsible travel that aims to help protect and not further damage the environment and improves the well-being of local people. Riverbend Adventures is at the forefront of this movement, offering experiences that align with the true spirit of ecotourism.

Eco-friendly kayaking tour

What is Ecotourism?

  • Preservation: Emphasizing the protection and preservation of natural environments.
  • Education: Facilitating learning and appreciation of natural and cultural heritage.
  • Community Support: Ensuring that tourism benefits local communities economically and socially.
Educational kayaking group tour

Riverbend Adventures: Where Ecotourism Meets Kayaking

Our ecotourism practices are designed to provide an immersive, responsible, and impactful experience. We’re passionate about sharing the beauty of Ireland’s waterways in a responsible manner.


Educating Our Guests: Our guides don’t just teach paddling skills. They share their knowledge of the river’s ecosystem, from the local wildlife to the delicate balance of nature.

Leave No Trace: We advocate the “Leave No Trace” principles, packing out what we pack in and striving to leave no trace of our adventures.

Supporting Local: We partner with local businesses whenever possible. After a tour, we often recommend eco-conscious cafes or shops, enriching your experience and contributing to the local economy.

Minimal Impact Tours: Our small group sizes and focus on sustainable practices ensure we never overwhelm the environment we’re here to enjoy.

How You Can Participate in Ecotourism

  • Choosing Responsible Operators: Like Riverbend Adventures, that are committed to ethical practices.
  • Respecting Nature: Adhering to guidelines that ensure minimal environmental impact.
  • Supporting Local: Engaging with and contributing to the local economy.
Respecting Nature
Paddlers respecting water etiquette

Safety and Etiquette​

  • Always Wear a Leash: Essential for keeping your board close if you fall off.
  • Wear a Life Jacket: Non-negotiable for safety on the water.
  • Respect Other Water Users: Understand right-of-way rules and be considerate of fellow paddlers and boaters.

Join Riverbend Adventures on an eco-conscious journey. Book your eco-friendly kayaking tour today and travel with purpose!

Roger McClure

Roger McClure

A Level 3 Kayak Instructor for over 30 Years. Chairman of Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club for over 10 years. Competed in World Championships in Wild Water, Marathon and Canoe Polo. Winner of multiple Liffey Descent races in double kayaks and canoes.