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WHERE TO SURF

North Coast

From Magilligan Strand travelling East along the North Coast a surfer will be treated to quality beach breaks and the occasional reef. Try Benone, Castlerock, Portstewart, East & West Strand in Portrush, Whiterocks, Portballintrae, White Park Bay & Ballycastle. Portrush, a popular seaside town has had a long tradition of surfing. It is home to the Causeway Coast Surf Club and offers plenty to cater for the visiting surfer. For local information, surf reports, surf grea & accessories check out Troggs & Woodies surf shops in Portrush and if you are looking for accommodation Portrush Townhouse Boutique Hostel (Northern Ireland's first 5 Star hostel) comes with our Editors recommendation. Nearby Portstewart offers a long gentle beach break, a good spot for beginners.  Again local information, surf report, surf gear etc are available at the local surf shop, Ocean Warriors. Portballintrae (about 4 miles East of Portrush) is a good spot to check when the surf is small, its one of those swell magnets that pick up anyting going. It is also home to one of Irish Surfing's newest clubs, the Coast Office SUP & Surf Club.

 

 

DONEGAL

Donegal is rich in waves with surf to be found right along the county's lengthy and spectacular coastline. Inishowen Peninsula is Ireland's most northerly point. It is very exposed to swell and offers a great varitey of spots that work in different wind directions. For local information check Inishowen Surf School.  Fanad Head (West of Inishowen) has plenty of surf, try Ballyheirnan Bay where you will find Adventure One Surf School is just one in the North of the county, in the North West waves can be found around Dunfanagh, Bloody Foreland and Dungloe.

 

South Donegal is internationally renouned for surfing. Rossnowlagh, home to one of Ireland’s first surf club, boast a 2 mile mellow beachbreak suitable for the beginner, opular with surf schools and dominated by the local groms! Don't miss the Surfers Bar for a journey therough the decades of Irish Surfing. Rossnowlagh offers a variety of accommodation, our Editors recommendations include Boortree Touring and Camping Park, Fin Mc Cools Hostel & Self Catering, Sunset Surf Lodge, Ardeelan Lodge, Ardnamara, Smuuglers Creeek and the Sandhouse Hotel.

SLIGO

Like Donegal most of the Sligo coastline is wave rich. The seaside village of Strandhill, just out side of Sligo Town is one of Ireland’s most popular beach breaks. West Sligo, an area renowned for its quality surf, takes in Aughris, Easkey and Enniscrone.

MAYO

The main locations for surfing in Mayo include Belmullet, Achill Island and the beaches around in the Westport/ Louisburgh area.

GALWAY

Galway does not have the same abundance of waves as other west coast counties however there are some good surfing location in the county particularly around the Clifden area.

CLARE

Lahinch is the centre of surfing in Co Clare with waves scattered all along this very exposed coastline. There are numerous surf shops and school catering for a surfer's every need.

KERRY

Kerry’s diverse coastline host many surf spots from beach to reef to point. The most popular locations are Ballybunion and Castlegregory with surf schools and shops in the County.

CORK

The beaches surrounding Clonakilty are some of the most popular however there is surf along most of the Cork coast. There are surf schools and shops at the main locations and in Cork City.

WATERFORD

The main location is Tramore, a short drive from Waterford. This seaside town has long been established as a surfing centre and is home to one of Ireland’s oldest and most active surf clubs, the T-Bay Surf Club.

EAST COAST

Although the surf on the East Coast is not as consistent as the rest of the Irish coastline it does occasionally have waves. The East Coast Surf Club based in Dublin is one of the largest surf clubs in the county and members regularly surf on the beaches to the North and South of Dublin.

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