Ireland will not immediately come to the mind as everyone’s dream surf destination. The beautiful Atlantic coast, however, houses a number of excellent surf spots. The famous top surfer Kelly Slater once called Ireland “A cold paradise” and the coast of Donegal has been named by CNN as one of the best surfing destinations on earth. The beautiful Irish west coast consists largely of cliff coasts, hills and low mountains.
The diversity of the coast of Ireland is home to a fantastic variety of surf spots. The Atlantic waves on the coast of Ireland can easily compete with the best surfing destinations on earth. The only real disadvantage of surfing in Ireland is the cold water. When you brave this, an ultimate surfing paradise awaits. You will find deserted beaches and ditto waves on a large number of Irish surf spots. At other more famous surfing destinations, surfing culture is deeply rooted in the Irish genes. Here you can dive into the local pubs after surfing for a traditional “Apres-surf”.
The best surf spots of Ireland
It is not without reason that this town is called the surfing capital of Ireland. This town, located in the north of Ireland, is home to a large number of fantastic surf spots. Wherever you go along the coast, you will be amazed by the number of surf spots that can be found here. The most famous break is called “The Peak”, a surfing spot with waves of absolute world class. The beach of Rossnowlagh is excellent for beginners to advanced surfers. More challenging waves can be found in Tullan Beach, Inishowen, Fanad Head, Dunfanaghy, Bloody Foreland and Dungloe.
Not far from Bundoran you will find the town of Sligo. The beaches of Strandhill and Enniscrone are very suitable for both beginners and more advanced surfers. There is also a large number of surfing schools in this town. You can find very good and consistent waves everywhere along the coast. Easkey beach is a legendary surf spot.
The area that is called “county Mayo” is located in the west of Ireland and consists of a large number of coastal towns with a number of very good surf spots. The beautiful Bellmullet beach offers fantastic surfing conditions. In addition, Keel Strand in Achill is an Irish All-time favorite. In Mayo you will find one of the oldest and best surfing schools in Ireland, SurfMayo, which is open all year round apart from one week one week (around Christmas)
(West) Cork beschikt over een aantal van de mooiste stranden van Ierland. Surfen in Cork betekent surfen in een fantastische omgeving met uitzicht op bijvoorbeed Barley Cove, Garrettstown of Castlefreke. Het eindeloze zandstrand van Inchydoney is een uitstekende uitvalsbasis om te surfen. Hier kun je het hele jaar surflessen volgen.
Southwest Cork is Ireland’s biggest surfing secret. Here you will find a large number of super spots that are waiting to be discovered. Here too you will find surf spots that are suitable for surfers of every level. Inch and Banna Beaches are long sandy beaches that border the Kerry Mountains. The beautiful Ballybunion offers everything that is required for an unforgettable trip. At Brandon Bay you will find Ireland’s longest sandy beach: Castlegregory, with more than 20 kilometers of beach and waves that are very suitable for beginners.
You will also find good surfing conditions on the southeast coast of Ireland. For example, you will find a surf spot in County Waterford called “Perfect Wave”. This is a little piece of heaven for surfers, where you will find excellent waves caused by a reef off the coast. Here you will find very consistent waves that are very suitable for surfers at every level.
Ireland should be much more significant as a surf destination to the international surf community. It is traditionally the locals who have truly benefited fro these incredible surf conditions as they are the only ones brave enough to put there shoulders below the water. However, if you are looking for a classic surf trip with a dramatic coastline and a beautiful and vibrant culture of the worlds nicest people then go to Ireland. Warm log fires in quaint country pubs in a perfect way to defrost after a days surfing.