If you are looking for a great surf location, take a look at Ireland.
The country is famous for Guinness, green landscapes and extensive coastline of 3172 kilometers. That coastline has some of the most beautiful beaches around Europe. Would you believe it also has surf spots that people travel around the world for?
Considered by many as a surfer’s paradise, Bundoran at Donegal County holds a yearly surf music festival. It’s famous for The Peak, one of Ireland’s signature waves. Bundoran was also included on the National Geographic 2012 list of best surfing sports.
Renowned by many to be the best beach for first time surfers in Ireland, Rossnowlagh is another precious point within Donegal County. With easy waves and never ending sunsets, in the summer days that is. There is also a lot of history as Rossnowlagh was one of the first beaches to be surfed around the country, and locals Brian and Conor Britton are the founders of the Irish Surfing Association .
Located near the Cliffs of Moher, Lahinch beach is one of Ireland’s most popular beaches. it has a lovely pier that with restaurants serving the fresh off the boats.. Lahinch is mesmerizing, with consistent reef breaks, and great waves coming directly from the Atlantic Ocean.
Another famous destination, Enniscrone offers 5 km of sandy beach. It’s a favorite amongst beginners surfers as the waters are pretty shallow as well as being one of the safest places to learn.
A well known surfing spot for the last two decades, Ballybunion offers surfers beach, reef and point breaks. When it comes to thrill, advanced surfers usually take the Atlantic cliff breaks.
For those who love mellow waves, the Inch Strand on Kerry is one of the gems within the Dingle Peninsula. Featured on films such as Far And Away, the beach has become famous for having one of the longest waves around Europe.
Described as the surfing heart of Mayo is Carrowniskey Strand. Armed with 4km of white sand beach, this place is pretty popular with both locals and visitors for having some of the most consistent beach breaks in Ireland. The other thing that makes Carrowniskey quite famous is the annual horse race every summer by the beach.
Keel Beach- Mayo
Another treasure in the county of Mayo, is the hidden jewel known as Achill Island. The best beach to surf in there is Keel. Unknown to many, this place could be mistaken for a Hawaiian beaches.
For those who want to surf as a family, Inchydoney is a great beach. Everyone can learn how to surf there, as the tide is low and easy on the surfers. It has also been voted the best beach in Ireland.
If you are looking for the biggest waves, Mullaghmore is the place for you. The waves here have been known to reach up to 15 mts and the beach offers a constant reef break, which makes it possible to surf all year around.
Streedagh – Sligo
If you are looking for a place to ride a wave without sharing it with the crowds, Streedagh is the place. It holds 3km of sandy beaches and the landscape is breathtaking.
Ireland is filled with treasures, and the beaches are no exception. From Mayo to Cork, the country has breaks for surfers all year long. The best part about it, after a day riding waves in wetsuits you can always get some Irish stew to keep you warm.