Although not known for sunshine or a beach lifestyle, Ireland has roughly 3,500 km of coast and some of the best surf spots in Europe. The cascading waves and rolling swells make the Irish coastline the perfect place to ride a wave or two so if you’re an established pro, or just planning to start paddling this summer, check out our round up of the top surf spots around the country.
Bundoran, Co. Donegal
Bundoran is widely regarded as Ireland’s surfing mecca. The town has plenty of surf schools, lots of festivals throughout the summer and has hosted both The European Surfing Championships and The Quicksilver Masters.
Find out more www.bundoransurfco.com
Easkey, Co. Sligo
Surrounded by stunning cliff faces and isolated beaches that are fully exposed to the might of the North Atlantic this is the spot for surfers that like a challenge. Not to mention the two legendary breaking waves that all visiting surfers want to catch, Easkey Left and Easkey Right.
Find out more at West Sligo Surf Club
Achill, Co. Mayo
Keel Strand on Achill Island(3km long) is one of the most popular surfing points in Ireland. The best thing about the area is that there is a beach facing almost every direction on the island so you’re guaranteed to catch good waves no matter which direction the wind is blowing.
Find out more www.achillsurf.com
Lahinch, Co. Clare
The North Clare town of Lahinch offers the perfect environments for both beginners and more experienced surfers. Check out the area around Crab Island if you like a challenge.
Find out more www.lahinchsurfshop.com
Tramore, County Waterford
Regarded as one of the best beaches in Ireland for budding surfers due to slower forming waves, there is also plenty along this three mile beach to keep the more experienced surfer challenged too.
Find out more www.tramoresurfshop.com