di Erika Scafuro
We usually attribute to it the adjective green, but we should also add blue if we think about the possibility to practice water sports, one on all the surfing: Ireland is indeed a surfing destination to consider and to discover.
The island offers several spots along its pristine and jagged west coastline, with high cliffs and inlets that generate rushing waves beating the shore.
Coming from the North Atlantic, Irish waves are among the best in Europe: wear a good gear, don’t be afraid of cold air and water temperatures, your surfing experience will be awesome whatever your level is.
Your Irish adventure can start from the northwest part of the island where Donegal Bay attracts all the surfing lovers. Bundoran is the first place to reach to catch really good waves. It has both reef and beach breaks all of excellent quality; if you are a surfing expert and you are looking for adrenaline takes note about The Peak and Mullaghmore, where you try one of the biggest wave of the world.
If you are not yet familiar with the waves, County Sligo is the right place for you. The limestone nature of its coastline has created sandy beaches and bays where waves are formed by the wind and the North Atlantic current. The choice falls on spots that are surfable all year round, as Strandhill, Easkey and Enniscrone, that with its long beach it is the ideal spot to have fun with your kids or if you are a beginner.
Going further southwest Carrowniskey, in County Mayo, is another beach spot to start familiarizing yourself with the surfboard.
County Kerry, in the south part of Ireland, boasts awesome landscapes overlooking the ocean and great spots suited for all the surfing levels. Ballybunion is known as one of the best surfing location of the area: the long sandy beach allows to catch waves for all. Inch, located in the Dingle peninsula, is one of the most famous beach in Ireland in addition to being a particularly suitable spot to start surfing, especially longboarding.
Ireland is a country that in addition to offering fun in the waves, and that has a history of surfing, is a destination that can be reached all year round. Take your time to lose youself in its wild and endless nature that allows you to get in touch with the true soul of every location. Traveling with your surfboard through a place rich in history and culture.