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With thousands of kilometres of coastline and hundreds of beautiful beaches to choose from when the sun shines in Ireland we are spoilt for choice. Pack a picnic basket this weekend and explore some of the very best.

Tramore, Co. Waterford

Meaning ‘Big Strand’, Tramore is one of the most aptly named towns in the region, with its famous 5km golden, sandy beach surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and one of the region’s most popular resorts. The long, rolling waves in Tramore attract swimmers and of course, surfers. Surf lessons and equipment are available locally. Sailing lessons and sea kayaking are also available.

www.tramore.ie

Keem Bay, Achill Island, Co. Mayo

A picture-postcard beach tucked away in a remote corner of Ireland, Keem Bay is located on the western tip of Achill Island. There are several other blue flag beaches on the island including Trawmore Strand, Dugort’s Silver Strand and Golden Strand. Aside from the beaches you can enjoy stunning scenery throughout with amazing ocean views from some of the highest cliffs in the country. Nightlife in Achill is another reason to visit, especially in the summer months when you are likely to hear some of the finest traditional music in the many pubs scattered about the island.

www.achilltourism.com

Inchydoney, Co. Cork

Just a one hour drive from Cork city centre, Inchydoney is one of the most dramatic and scenic beaches in the country. It is backed by dunes and overlooked by Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa. The beach has excellent surfing conditions for beginners and there is a surf school at the beach, providing board and wetsuit hire as well as lessons.

www.inchydoneyisland.com

Rosapenna

The north coast of Ireland is blessed with some of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the country and Rosapenna Beach is just one of the many amazing beaches to be found throughout this rugged region of Ireland. Golf lovers will be happy here too as the Old Tom Morris Links in Rosapenna is one of the best courses in Europe. There are a wide range of good hotels and guesthouses in the area, while camping and caravan facilities are also available.

www.rosapenna.ie

Lahinch, Co. Clare

The town of Lahinch is dominated by the sprawling strand that runs the length of the town and beyond. A favourite place for beginner surfers, the town is surrounded by a wide range of attractions including the always impressive Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. More experienced surfers tend to head up along the coast towards the Doolin area. This stretch of coastline also has a number of interesting cliff walks.

www.lahinchsurfschool.com

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