Surfing in Ireland

Ireland is the perfect place to take a surfing break.

Whether you're an experienced surfer in search of the big one, like the world-famous ‘Aileen's’ wave off the cliffs of Moher in Clare, or a novice looking to get started in more gentle conditions, there are no shortage of options.

And so what if the water is cold - that’s what wetsuits are for.

Surf Season 2017

Grab your board and dive into a world of watery wonder along Ireland’s coasts.

Hit the beach, ride the waves and surf the swells to the shore.

Don't forget to enjoy all the top-notch restaurants and pubs 'aprés surf'.

Surfers on Bundoran beach

Bundoran in Donegal isn’t known as the surf capital of Ireland for nothing. Wherever you go on the Donegal coast you'll find fantastic surf spots and with 10 Irish Surfing Association schools to choose from, you’ll be hanging ten in no time.

Surf in Donegal and Bundoran

Mayo is rich in great surfing beaches by day, and by night, you can enjoy the craic in the buzzing pubs and restaurants. For a total getaway, head for the windswept beaches, bag a big one, or try your hand at stand up paddle boarding.

Surf in Mayo
Surfers paddling out for a lesson

Sligo is one of the best known adventure holiday spots in the country, with top-notch surfing to boot. Wherever you go you you'll bag big waves, clean waters and great surfing, not to mention surf schools devoted to getting you up on your feet.

Surf in Sligo
surfer riding large wave

Any surfer worth his or her sea salt will be familiar with the waves of the surfing mecca of Lahinch in Co Clare. Throughout the year the surf schools here are a hive of activity, making it buzzing spot for a surf holiday.

Surf in Clare

The south west is the great surfing secret of Ireland, just waiting to be uncovered. The diverse coastline of Co Kerry hosts many surf spots from beach to reef point. Gentle beach breaks and world class surf breaks make it perfect for all levels of ability.

Surf in Kerry
surfer in spray

Don’t miss Waterford’s gorgeous Copper Coast, fringed with sandy beaches that, in the right conditions, can rival the west for fun. Tramore is the centre of the surfing action around here and it’s perfect for beginner and intermediate alike.

Surf in Waterford
surfers at sunset

West Cork has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country so grab your board and take advantage at scenic highlights such as Barley Cove, Garrettstown or Castlefreke. Or how about the endless beach at Inchydoney, the perfect place for family lessons?

Surf in Cork

Just because you’re heading to the east coast doesn’t mean you can’t surf! The county’s most famous beach, Brittas Bay, now has its own surf school, which opens to students right through the autumn and, depending on demand, beyond.

Surf in Wicklow

Kitesurfing in Mayo Surfing at Tramore beach