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5 Best Surf Beaches in Ireland for Every Level

Date Published 01.07.2019
Topic Family Article,Travel Insurance

5 best surf beaches in Ireland | AIG

Whether surfing is a new hobby of yours or you’re a seasoned surfer looking for a new spot, Ireland has what you’re looking for. This little island is surrounded by surfable coasts for every level. Here’s a list of some of the best:

1. Lahinch, County Clare

Lahinch is repeatedly voted one of the top surf spots in the country. This is mainly due to its diversity - the range of breaks at Lahinch can cater for different levels of surfers. There are beaches with consistent waves for beginners, and a selection of reef breaks for more advanced surfers.

Surf lessons and equipment hire are readily available at Lahinch. During the summer months the town is buzzing with surfers and tourists alike and the atmosphere is electric. You’ll find live music most nights in the town’s pubs and you can expect to taste delicious, freshly caught seafood in one of the many eateries.

2. Bundoran, County Donegal

Nicknamed the ‘surf capital of Ireland’, no list of top Irish surf locations is complete without Bundoran. Perfect for beginners, improvers, seasoned surfers and everyone in between, Bundoran gives surfers a choice of beaches with different swells and sizes with waves coming from every direction.

Bundoran attracts surfers all year round who crave those west coast waves. Lessons and surf hire are readily available in the town. Post surf, the town is full of lively bars with nightly music sessions. There’s also cafés, restaurants and takeaways to suit all taste buds and budgets.

Group Surfing.

3. Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry

With three different coastlines all within half an hour of each other, the Dingle Peninsula has surf in almost all weather conditions. The peninsula has breaks to suit every standard. There’s the world class reef at Inch and other, more modest, beach breaks on Brandon Bay where you’ll find surf schools teaching surf lessons. There’s a perfect wave for everyone at Dingle.

Dingle was awarded the title of “Foodie Town of Ireland” at last year’s Irish Restaurant Awards and with 52 eateries serving locally sourced produce and freshly caught seafood it’s no wonder! When you’ve worked up an appetite from surfing, follow the Dingle food trail and swing by the farmer’s market to sample some of the best food Kerry has to offer.

4. Easkey, County Sligo

Surfer Magazine named Easkey as one of the ‘must visit spots’ for surfers in search of the best beaches around the world. This tiny spot on the Wild Atlantic Way is suitable for surfing all year round but is best suited to more experienced surfers. Lessons are available on local beaches for beginner surfers.

The Irish Surfing Association is located on the beach in Easkey. They sell surf equipment and provide daily surf conditions reports. Easkey town is filled with art and literary culture. Many great artists and writers called Easkey home including Jack Harte, Fred Conlon and William Morris Meredith. Soak up the culture in the town after your surf and find out more about its rich history.

Bundoran Surfing

5. Inchydoney, County Cork

The coast at Inchydoney beach stretches as far as the eye can see and was recently awarded the title of ‘Best Beach in Ireland’. The waves here are smaller than those of Sligo and Donegal making Inchydoney a beginner surfer’s dream. A great surf location for paddling and standing up for the first time, Inchydoney has surf schools offering both private and group lessons.

When you’re back on dry land, visit Clonakilty town for local heritage, great food and a buzzing atmosphere. Voted best town in Europe in 2017, Clonakilty is full of colour and a must visit. There’s events and festivals held in the town most weekends during summer - you’ll never be bored in West Cork!

Make sure you, your car and its passengers are protected as you chase the waves around Ireland. With free 24-hour roadside assistance and other useful extras, AIG’s car insurance policies take care of everything so you can enjoy your well-earned time off. Get an online affordable car insurance quote in minutes. Surfs up!

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