Follow your Sat Nav and/or map to Blessington Village. It's about 30 minutes down the N81 which you can get to from the M50 (through Tallaght).

Follow the N81 (Main Street) through Blessington Village and once you've passed the turn for Naas (R410) take the next left. Drive for approximately 1km and you will see signs for Avon Rí Resort to the left. We're right on the lakeshore just past the Avon Rí hotel.

Blessington Sailing school is within the Avon Rí complex which allows our students (and their friends and family) to enjoy the benefits of a hotel right on their doorstep. Avon Rí Hotel can offer you a warming drink after sailing, or maybe just a seat to watch others get wet from the comfort of the hotel, you can even book a room and stay overnight for a weekend course of sailing. For more information about Avon Rí, please visit their website.

We also have a deep anchorage right on the lakeside so no dragging of boats across fields/roads required.


We are located in a huge man-made reservoir (over 500 acres of water) which was created by damming the Liffey Valley in the 1940s. The waters rose first in the Liffey Valley and then into the larger, adjoining, King's River Valley, a tributary of the Liffey. As there are two valleys involved, Poulaphouca Reservoir is commonly known as the "Blessington Lakes". The reservoir provides vital water and electricity for Dublin city.

During the creation of the dam and reservoir many houses and some small villages were evacuated and flooded by the new "lake".

Today the Poulaphouca Reservoir is popular as a venue for water sports and a very important habitat for wildlife, especially waterbirds.