Ireland

Short, low volume flashy rivers: difficult to catch at the right levels, but rewarding when you do.

When to go

Rivers are rainfed and levels are unpredictable: the best chance of good levels is in the winter months Oct-April. To make it more complicated many of the river catchments are boggy and hold water before it reaches the river -- this makes guessing river levels a black art.

How to get there

Ireland is generally flat in the middle with the mountainous bits spread along the coast. The Wicklow mountains are the largest upland area -- for these you can base yourself in Dublin which has an international airport. However, the east coast gets less rain on average than the west coast: more reliable paddling can be found in the north west around Donegal.

Transport

You will need your own vehicle, but road access is very good and shuttles are short so cycling/hitching/walking them should not be difficult.