Top 5 Irish Surfing Destinations

Brandon BayYou may be a little cautious of the unpredictable weather that the Emerald Isle has to offer. Fear not! The rugged coastline of the island means a wide variety of beaches in every single part of the country and in this article we will explore the top 5 Irish surfing destinations. From beach, reef and break points to choose from it’s no wonder that Ireland is the international surfers choice for their sporting vacations. If it is your first time surfing, researching holiday blog sites might be a good idea before leaving. But with fantastic surf schools in every corner of the country you have very little to worry about. We have put together a list of some of the best surfing spots in Ireland for hitting up the waves, enjoy!


Bundoran in County Donegal has been coined the surf capital of Ireland. The tourist season now peaks all year round with surfers travelling to the seaside town from every corner of not just the country but the world to enjoy the waves of the north west coast. With a plethora of surf schools to choose from you will be spoiled for choice. The town itself compliments the surfing atmosphere with its lively pubs, clubs and delicious seafood restaurants.


Strandhill and Enniscrone beaches are the two most popular in County Sligo on the magnificent west coast. They are ideal for seasoned surfers who wish to brave the elements. For beginners, there are plenty of surf schools dedicated teaching you everything that you need to know. Easkey is another famous surfing town in West Sligo. Its big waves and clean waters are unforgettable.


Lahinch is the prime surfing location in County Clare. Its exposed coastline makes it the perfect location to hit the waves. The surf schools in Clare are the epicenter of activity during the summer months. It is an idyllic location for beginner surfers. With a bit more practice why not take a trip to nearby beaches of Doolin, Doonbeg and Spanish Point? Each popular locations for the more experienced surfer.


The southwest coast is ideal Ireland’s greatest surfing secret. The diverse coastline of Kerry gives you a lot to choose from. From Banna Beach to Inch, Ballybunnion to Brandon Bay. Inch and Banna are both long, sandy beaches bordered by the soaring Kerry mountains. You won’t beat the breaks in Ballybunnion, four miles of golden sands and the Atlantic cliff break proves a challenge for even the experienced surfer. Brandon Bay is the longest beach in the country reaching almost 20km of the coastline. It is the ideal Kerry beach for beginners as its gentle breaks make it the ideal environment for learning on.


Tramore is the main surfing location not just in Waterford, but in the east coast of Ireland. It is an established surfing town and home to Ireland’s oldest and one of the country’s most active surf clubs, the T- Bay Surf Club. Bunhahon is another wonderful surfing beach not far from here, and they both rival what’s on offer on the west coast.

The watersport world waits on the entire coastline of Ireland. There’s plenty to do in each of these destinations when the surf is up too. Where better than Ireland to enjoy the local cuisine, pubs, clubs and culture? So grab your surfboard and enjoy the Irish coast and know that there are many more locations to explore beyond the top 5 Irish surfing destinations.


Here are a few more spots from our bros at The Ocean Sands Hotel.



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Derek Dodds is founder of the world's first ecological surf company Wave Tribe, surfboard shaper, world traveler, author and Mini Simmons enthusiast.

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