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7 Great Surfing Spots in Ireland

Ireland is a country defined by her coastlines and relationships with the surrounding seas and oceans. No matter where you are in the country you’re probably no more than 2 hours away from crashing waves, incredible coastal views and, in this case most importantly, great swells and surfing opportunities. 

As a result Ireland has become known as a surfing paradise and if you can get over the weather (expect plenty of rain…) then you’re in for a treat. 


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The Causeway Coast in the north is well known for it’s incredible views and atmosphere but it also boasts some brilliant surfing outposts including Castlerock. 

This little 1km beach, surrounded by the cliffs of Downhill on one side and a River Bann estuary “Barnmouth” on the other, is regularly considered excellent by seasoned surfers but be warned that it’s generally for intermediates and upwards. 

Whiterocks Portrush

Just outside of the seaside town of Portrush you’ll find Whiterocks Beach, so called because of the soft, sedimentary rocks that dominate this strip of coastline. 

These rocks, over centuries, have been shaped and carved into various arches and caves, including the famous Elephant Rock, and serve as the backdrop for a brilliant surfing experience suitable for everyone from beginner to expert.

Main Beach Bundoran

Bundoran is well known as a holiday hot spot but it’s also right up there as a surfer’s paradise for its countless great beaches and reef breaks. Over the course of 2km you’ll catch great breaks, great views across the Donegal Bay area and a feel for a classic Wild Atlantic Way of life. 


Ask anyone in Ireland to name a Donegal beach and chances are they’ll name Rossnowlagh. This classic stretch of Irish coastline is well worth a visit for surfers and non-surfers alike. Luckily the breaks and mellow waves mean it’s perfect for beginners just starting out! 


Mullaghmore is a tiny little fishing village south of Donegal in County Sligo that boasts a brilliant beach nestled under the iconic Benbulbin mountain far in the distance. Perfect for beginners and improving surfers. 


Moving swiftly on to another beautiful coastal retreat in County Sligo, Easkey.

 Easkey is another tiny village right on the Wild Atlantic Way offering up a slice of unspoilt coastline perfect for experienced surfers. The beach and breaks hosted the 1979 Pro/Am Surfing World Championships and was also listed as one of the top surfing spots in the world by Surfer Magazine in 1997. That probably says it all.


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Moving further down the Wild Atlantic Way we come to our final stop, Lahinch. 

Lahinch is a small seaside village in County Clare, just a short distance away from the world famous Cliffs of Moher (which would explain all the nearby tourists), sporting some brilliant waves on a beautiful beach that’s just recently been awarded the 2017 International Blue Flag award.

With that, our short tour of surfing spots in Ireland draws to a close.

Who said you couldn’t have fun in the rain?! 


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