If you are planning a surfing weekend away and fancy experiencing some of the best waves that Europe has to offer, then why not consider taking the short trip over to emerald isle for a few days of top class surf action.
Alongside North Cornwall, the Irish west coast provides some of the most consistent surfing conditions in the UK and Ireland. This is thanks to an onslaught of waves that have made their way across the Atlantic, unimpeded by any land for thousands of miles as they build up their energy to create impressive rollers that break on the Irish shores.
Ireland is becoming increasingly popular amongst surfers in the know, with an incredibly varied coastline providing a real cross section of beach and reef types that make for a diverse selection waves to be enjoyed. Be aware though, Ireland is not for the ‘soft-core’ surfer, as throughout the year and especially in winter times you will experience especially cold conditions - so it is definitely worth bringing a dry suit with you.
There are many factors that make Ireland an attractive destination for a surfing break abroad, over breaks to other popular European surf spots, but the main one is its accessibility from the UK. With regular ferry services operating from Pembroke and Holyhead, you can be on the Irish mainland in less than 4 hours. Do remember though that Ireland is now part of the Euro, so don’t forget to pick up your travel money alongside your travel insurance and car hire before you go.
Ireland’s most famous and popular surf spots can be found along the Northern Irish Causeway coast area. The scene in this area is centred around the town of Portrush, which is home to some of the best waves in North Ireland. Towards the South of Ireland you will find the world-class waves of Donegal Bay, another massively popular surfing destination. Make sure to try and visit Rossnowlagh in County Donegal, which is home to one of the biggest surf clubs in Europe that was formed in the late 60’s. Rossnowlagh is also home to the legendary Surfer Bar, inside of which you will find an amazing array of Irish surf history and memorabilia.
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