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!