Ireland, the island off the coast of England and Wales, known for its large green and hilly expanses, its Dublin capital, its Guinness and the warmth of its people, is also a surfing destination. Less exotic than Nicaragua or Indonesia, Ireland is still popular with surfers around the world. Surf star Kelly Slater has described Ireland as "a party on the water"!
So, for those who are not scared of cold water, put on your 4: 3 wetsuits, slippers, gloves and hoods, and jump into one of the many surf spots that make the reputation of Emerald Island. In Ireland, there are 3,172 kilometers of coastline waiting for you along the Atlantic Ocean, and you will be surprised at the few people on the line-up. If surfing has been around for a long time in the country of four-leaf clover, the weather conditions attract far less travelers than the Basque Country. However, it is a surf trip that is really worth the detour ...
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The best surf season runs from September to May, which is winter for us in France. This is a period that allows access to inexpensive tickets with low cost airlines - about 60 euros with Easy Jet and Ryan Air. The swell strikes the country powerfully to such an extent that the waves reach a considerable height. As a surfer, if you really want to enjoy the destination, you will need to have a good level of surfing and be in good shape to face the cold and the currents.
At the accommodation level, you will find surf lodges, hostels and small hotels at affordable prices - between 15 and 50 euros depending on whether you sleep in dormitory or take a double room. For food, opt for pubs that offer formulas at modest prices - about 7.50 euros. To get around, the best option to discover the country and be autonomous is to rent a car. If your budget does not allow you, the buses work well. Otherwise, you can also hitchhike: the locals are warm and friendly!
These are the swells from the Atlantic Ocean that make the rich spots in Ireland. You will sail on the west coast in search of the best waves! And while Ireland is famous for the power of its swell and its rollers, some spots are also open to beginners.
The most famous spot in Ireland is Bundoran. It's a city of surfers, where surfers from around the world meet. The waves of this reef break are of very good quality and work all year round. For beginners, head for Rossnowlagh located 30 kilometers away! You will find surfschools and a less dangerous beach break to progress safely. Inchydoney, an island attached to the mainland by a paved path is another good option to start: you can take classes and enjoy a beautiful landscape. Easky is another nice spot for consistent wave lovers. On this reef break, two waves unroll on the left and on the right. Note that the left is good for longboarders! Finally, for wholesale fans, Mullaghmore should be up to your expectations. The spot rivals Nazaré with a deep barrel and is now considered by the pros as the best wholesale surf spot in Europe.
Ireland is known for its wild Atlantic way, a 2,500-kilometer stretch along the coast. You can easily combine roadtrip and surf sessions to discover beautiful landscapes, between steep cliffs, green mountains and hills flowing into the ocean.
The road runs from County Donegal to County Kerry with several must-see attractions not to be missed. Start at Malin Head, Ireland's northernmost view of the ocean, and the Slieve League cliffs in County Donegal. In Mayo County, the Mullaghmore Head Peninsula and its lush green hills are worth a visit. In County Galway, mountains, lakes and wild torrents await you in the famous Connemara.
Next, head for the Cliffs of Moher and Loop Head in County Clare before exploring the Skellig Islands, the island of Dursey Island, and the Ring of Kerry, a circuit over 180km long. offering a mind-blowing view of the Kerry Mountains and the Irish shores.