6. Castlefreke, Co. Cork (Difficulty: Beginner)
Home to a long peeling right hander with barrelling sections, which is much like the waves in France. This is an intermediate surfing location with excellent rips. Gets crowded with beginners and locals at weekends.
5. Belmullet, Co. Mayo (Difficulty: Beginner)
The “Black Shore” at Elly Bay, near Belmullet, is recognised as one of the premier surf beaches in Mayo. This beach is ideal as it doesn’t tend to get overcrowded. It has a variety of waves to suit all types of surfers.
4. Tullan Strand, Bundoran, Co. Donegal (Difficulty: Intermediate)
Tullan strand is close to Bundoran in County Donegal and is one of the best beaches in Ireland for surfing, as it catches a lot of swell. Even if there are no waves at other breaks, Tullan can still be two foot and clean. Be prepared for company as this is a beach that can get crowded. Suitable for intermediate level surfers.
3. Lahinch, Co. Clare (Difficulty: Intermediate)
In May 2006, 44 surfers managed to make a new world record by riding one small wave at Lahinch. This beach provides a wide variety of waves and conditions for all types of surfers. However, there can be dangerous currents here so surfers need to be careful. This beach is suitable for intermediate level surfers.
2. Easkey, Co. Sligo (Difficulty: Expert)
The Irish surfing association established its headquarters here in 1995 in the Easkey Aurf and Information Centre. The waves here break over rocks rather than sand which makes waves hollowed and faster than beach breaks. This is a beach suitable for experienced surfers.
1. Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo (Difficulty: Legendary)
This beautiful part of the country was named one of the best surfing spots in the world by Lonely Planet in 2013. The waves here are absolutely massive – up to 15 meters high. There are also high winds and choppy surfaces can present obstacles. This location is suitable for expert level surfers.
Here is an example video of what you can expect at Mullaghmore:
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