The Best Surfing Spots in Ireland

Ireland is one of the worlds top surfing destinations! The skies are often grey so you need to be hardy to surf Irish waters but with amazing waves hitting the Western and Southern shores, it’s worth it! And the windy weather is a great excuse to warm up with a hot whiskey after.

Wetsuits at the ready, here’s our Top 5 Irish Surfing Spots for pros and amatuers alike!

5. Inch Strand, Dingle Penninsula, Co. Kerry

Although often a bit crowded in Summertime, Inch Strand is perfect for beginners as the waves break over soft sand. It’s a beautiful location, a 3km spit jutting out from the mainland and a top surfing spot!

4. Strandhill, Co. Sligo

The NorthWest is a real adventure hub with plenty of activities to keep adreneline junkies happy and Strandhill is Sligos surf central. Although Easkey, our No 2. Choice, is favoured by more experienced surfers, Strandhill has great waves and plenty of surf schools if you’re not quite a pro just yet!


3. Lahinch, Co. Clare

Lahinch is one of Ireland’s best known surf spots. With plenty of surf schools, it’s a great option for beginners and in Summertime, the beachside town has a lovely, low key, welcoming vibe . It’s also a great base for more experienced surfers to explore nearby beaches towards Fanore or Doonbeg.

2. Easkey, Co. Sligo

One for experienced surfers, Easkey has two reef breaks and year round surfing. Popular with serious surfers, Easkey is home to the Irish Surfing Associations HQ.

1. Bundoran, Co. Donegal

Known as the surf capital of Ireland, our No. 1 has to be Bundoran! The legendary Peak is the best known wave in Ireland and the real draw here; essentially it’s a reef break which breaks both left and right, meaning it suits all surfers. With ten surf schools to choose from and playing host to the excellent Sea Sessions music festival in June, Bundoran is our top choice for a surfing break in Ireland!

The Best of the Wild Atlantic Way

The world’s longest road trip means you can travel the entire length of Ireland’s stunning Western coast. The route is 2,500 km long and has 157 signature points along the way- stop to admire Donegal’s rugged beauty or Sligo’s craggy coastline; sample amazing seafood in Galway or to spend a night at Loop Head Lighthouse. The route literally has something for everyone!

For adrenalin junkies, the West of Ireland has some of the world’s best surfing; there’s hiking and trekking. Foodies are covered too with features like the Burren Food Trail and farmers markets highlighting local produce like the Milk Market in Limerick or Cork’s famous English Market.

One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the Cliffs of Moher are a must visit as are the Skellig Micheal sea stacks- which feature prominently in the latest Star Wars film.

Visiting from North America and not sure where to start? Fly into Shannon Airport; right at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way route! Shannon has direct flights to and from New York JFK, Newark, Boston, Chicago and Philadephia. Rent a car and explore County Clare, known for its traditional music and the Burren, a stunning karst region, and then head south to experience the food, culture and scenery of Co. Kerry and Co. Cork.

Stay tuned for our exciting Road trips feature, detailing the very best road trips you can take in Ireland, on the Wild Atlantic Way and beyond!

Your Perfect Limerick City Break!


If you’re visiting from North America, Limerick is the perfect first stop for any Irish holiday- the historic city is just 25 km from Shannon Airport. Or if you live in Ireland and haven’t visited the Treaty City yet you’re missing out! Limerick is a compact, vibrant city with an excellent foodie scene which makes it a great choice for a weekend getaway!

Stay at No 1. Pery Square

Housed in a beautiful Georgian terrace house overlooking a tree lined park, No 1 Pery Square is an impressively well designed boutique hotel with an award winning spa. The rooms are named after Irish literary figures and stocked with Voya organic seaweed based products. The Park Room Lounge downstairs is a cosy spot for tea, coffee or lunch. Fancy something stronger? No problem. There’s an excellent selection of Irish beers, ales, whiskeys and lots more besides too!


Or try these great options!

The Savoy


The Savoy is a luxurious hotel with a great central location. With excellent facilities, a great steak restaurant downstairs and the standard of service one would expect from a 5 star hotel, the Savoy is a top choice to stay! They have some amazing value offers available on their website.

The George Boutique Hotel

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The George has a great central location at a very affordable price. The double height glass entrance will impress design lovers and the in-house Italian restaurant overlooking Limericks main street is a great people watching spot! A great urban hideaway, the affordable price makes the George perfect for any kind of city break, whether it’s a girls shop ‘til you drop trip or a family break!

Fancy some Brunch or wondering where to go for Lunch?

Hook & Ladder

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Hook & Ladder is Limericks top breakfast spot- although they do great food throughout the day! We love the bright, Scandi style interiors and the strong coffee! Go for the Full Irish- there’s no greasy fry-ups here just tasty, well prepared Irish food.



Aroi is a hugely popular Asian street food restaurant, with a menu serving up Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese specialities. Try to visit after the lunchtime rush to be sure of bagging a table and don’t even think of trying to get in on a weekend night without a reservation. Top choices? The Duck Red Curry and the Thai-Style Calamari are amazing!


Doing dinner?


Cornstore is open for lunch too but really, it’s the perfect dinner restaurant. It’s beautiful, dark panelled interior and cool tiled floor just look better in the evening! They do a great three course early bird menu for only 28 euro Friday and Saturday, or all night Monday-Thursday. Bargain. The standard of food is extremely high; the menu is well thought out and brilliantly executed. The service is always extremely friendly and remarkably efficient. Try the Pork Belly; it’s beautiful!




Chocolat is a local favourite so make sure you book a table to avoid disappointment! With a varied menu and attentive service, Chocolat always serves up a great meal in luxe surroundings. Try the Lamb Shank and if people watching is your thing, request a table upstairs – it’s cosier but downstairs is often buzzier!

Visiting at the Weekend?


Then the Milk Market is a must visit! With plenty of stalls selling all kinds of tasty, locally produced food, there’s also crafts, accessories and homeware to buy- plus a welcoming, fun atmosphere. Grab a coffee and go for a wander around but be sure to nab yourself some delicious samples too!