Surfing in Ireland

Posted by Brendan O' Rourke on the 15th of June 2012 at 15:58:58

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The West of Ireland is synonymous with pubs, small villages, spectacular scenery and of course- fields of sheep. However, the traditional visitor to the West of Ireland has changed dramatically in recent times, as a great buzz is being generated around the quality and excitement that our un-spoilt beaches and coastline have to offer for amateur and seasoned surfers alike. It has become a haven –an undiscovered surfer’s paradise - offering a challenge to adrenaline fuelled, adventure seeking surfers and those of us that don’t know a swell from a rip (surfer lingo!).

The rolling and cascading waves make Ireland in the summer a perfect choice to stay and surf. While we can’t guarantee you warm days and water; we can guarantee you a myriad of amazing holiday homes, hotels and cottages where you can while away your evenings with a hot toddy, and enjoy the local delicacies following a long ”hard” days surf.

Here is list of some of the West of Ireland’s main surfing locations, with excellent and affordable accommodations within walking distance of the main surfing beaches.

Father and son surfingBundoran, County Donegal

Bundoran is the surf capital of Ireland around three hours away from Dublin and is regarded as one of the best surfer’s location in Ireland. The huge tow-in waves have increasingly attracted experienced surfers; while there are a plethora of beach breaks for beginners. The area around Tullan Strand is perhaps the most famous, with other beaches in the area including Mullaghmore, Streedagh and Rossnowlagh must be explored. If surfing in the day and enjoying good quality pints and banter in the evening is your thing then Bundoran is the place to be.


Boy with surfboardLahinch, County Clare

This North County Clare location has increasingly been ear marked as a destination of choice for the discerning Irish surfer. The two-mile long beach in Lahinch offers copious breaks for novice, intermediate and experiences surfers. The beach break provides a safe place to start for beginners, whilst the area around Crab Island caters for the adventurous, experienced surfer. Surf schools and lessons are readily available, and the glorious Cliffs of Moher and quaint nearby village of Liscannor provide a “break from the breaks” (pardon the pun) and are a must see for any visitors to the area.


Girl with surfboardTramore, County Waterford

Tramore is located on the south coast of Ireland, and is widely regarded as one of the best places to surf in Ireland, especially for beginners. For those of you in search of “limb” breaking waves, I’m afraid Tramore is not the destination of choice; however while it may not have the hottest waves, it is amongst one of the best places in Ireland for the craic agus ceol (fun and music). In fact, Tramore boasts the largest surf club in Ireland, so you will be in good company to learn the basics while surfing away a “nasty” hangover on the morning after the night before: that is if you can get up.


So if you are thinking of heading out West and perhaps wondering what this part of Ireland has to offer, our blog on some of the best things to see and do in the West of Ireland should help in your planning!

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