Ireland is well known for a lot of things, but one thing that it definitely doesn’t get enough credit for is the stunning spots it has to offer the surfers of the world. Ireland’s landscape is defined by rugged coastlines that create some of the most stunning beaches and bays. Even the cold weather doesn’t stop keen surfers from catching the waves in Ireland. If you’re planning a surfing getaway, we’re detailing some of the very best surfing spots in Ireland.
The stunning copper coast of Waterford offers a number of brilliant beaches, particularly Tramore. Tramore is the ideal location for those wanting to simply enjoy a ride on the waves. It’s also ideal for beginner surfers with very little experience, as it is a rather calm location. There is also a number of surf schools located at Tramore beach, ideal for those visiting during the summer holidays or for those that live nearby who are seeking regular lessons.
Lahinch beach once held a world record, back in 2006 for having 44 surfers ride one small wave. Over 250 surfers were at Lahinch on this day to help make the Guiness World Record, and the success resulted in the beach seeing a significant rise in surfers from all around the world. The waves at Lahinch can be challenging, and as a beginner you should take caution.
Situated in the stunning town of Sligo is Strandhill beach. Strandhill is home to some of Ireland’s best surfers, who began their surfing journey in the north west of Ireland. If you’re a beginner and a little hesitant to step on the broad, Strandhill is the ideal place to start. Many of the locals here are surfing enthusiasts and are generally more than willing to lend a helping hand and offer their expertise. It’s an ideal location, regardless of the weather.
If it’s big waves that you’re after, Mullaghmore is the place to be. Mullaghmore is Ireland’s surfing paradise, and was once named one of the best surfing spots in the world by Lonely Planet in 2013. Thanks to its world-renowned fame, surfers visit Mullaghmore each and every year to conquer its waves. That said, you’ll want to have a little bit of experience under your belt before you do so. The strong winds and high waves make it quite the challenge.
Written by Rebecca Martin, blog writer at UniBaggage.com.