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Surf Coast

Feel the power of the Wild Altlantic surf surge

From the world class surf at Blackspots on the Tullaghan Headland to the Mighty Giants that crash onto the shallow reeks on Mullaghmore Head, thrill seeking wave riders will be drawn to the wild waves on the Northwestern Surf coast.


Guy on a longboard surfing a mellow wave on a beach near Bunvegas, Co. Donegal.
Bundoran & Tullaghan

There's a wide range of reef and beach options available in and around Bundoran for surfers of all levels. There are numerous reefs for the experienced surfer that work on different stages of the tide.


Tullan Strand

Definitely one of the best beach breaks in Ireland catching lot of swell. The most popular surf spot is beside the cliffs and works well in offshore east and south east winds.


The Peak

Consistent and top quality reef break, the Peak is best surfed when the tide is low. The wave has a long left with barrelling sections, a short hollow right and is for experienced surfers only. It works on an offshore Southeasterly wind.


3D

This breaks over a rocky ledge and can produce non-consistent barrels on a high tide but is best surfed using a body board.


Bundoran Main Beach

There's a large sandbar which can produce a very high quality long left and short rights at low tide. It's a great break for intermediate surfers.


Drowes River Mouth

When the swell is big, fat, mellow left and right waves can be ridden at the the Drowes River mouth. It's a great intermediate wave and is located between Bundoran and Tullaghan.

Waves breaking at Mullaghmore Headland with Classiebawn Castle and Ben Bulben tabletop mountain in the background.
Mullaghmore Head

Mullaghmore has become known as one of the world’s top destinations for big-wave surf riding. The break is capable of holding massive Atlantic swells, with waves reaching a staggering 18 metre+ in autumn 2020 after the remnants of Hurricane Epsilon bashed the Northwest Coast.


This wave is the most professional surfers only and cannot be surfed conventionally; a tow-in from a jetski is needed to catch the fast moving sets. It's located a few kilometers South of Bundoran, (Bunvegas) one of Ireland's most popular surf towns.

Rocky gully at Streedagh Headland with the sea, Donegal Bay & mountains in County Sligo
Streedagh Beach

Streedagh Beach Break faces north towards the mountains of Donegal located almost halfway between Bundoran & Sligo. It's best surfed on the mid to high tide and is considerably sheltered from the winds from the west.


The waves work best on the prevailing southwesterly wind and picks up plenty of western and northern swells. It's a great spot for intermediate level surfers with plenty of empty smaller peaks at the near end of the beach from the car park, and bigger waves further down to the Northern end.

Solo surfer catching the perfect barreling wave in Strandhill, Co. Sligo, Ireland.
Strandhill Beach

Strandhill is a popular beach-break for beginners and intermediate surfers. There's number of breaks to choose from, north and south of the village. The consistent mellow rollers and gulf stream relatively warm water temperatures are a perfect combination for learning the sport.


The beach is not suitable for swimming due to dangerous rip currents so ask locally about the conditions and remember, there are no lifeguards. You'll find four surf schools in the area if you decide to up your skills with a few surf lessons.

Solo surfer catching the point break at Pink Rock near Mullranny in Co. Mayo.
Pink Rock

Pink Rock near Mulranny in Mayo enroute to Achill Island is one of Ireland's most perfect waves. It's a sheltered point break but unfortunately only works every once in a while with no particular seasonal pattern.


The break works best in offshore winds from the north northeast with some shelter here from northwest winds. It's surfable at all stages of the tide. When the wave is working, it can sometimes get pretty crowded here.

Keem beach lies at the end of the road on Achill Island. A deserted sandy cove at the foot of Achill Head, where the land meets the sea.
Achill Island

Achill is a hidden gem for surfing and kite-boarding. You'll find consistent mellow waves breaking at Keel Beach and more gnarly, hollow tubes found under the Minaun cliffs at the eastern end of the beach.

 

The island is a kitesurfing paradise due to the island's exposed location, swept by the prevailing southerly winds. There are plenty of coastal spots to practice kitesurfing but also a few inland lakes. When the wind blows here, it really blows!

The vast expanse of Carrowniskey beach near Louisburg Co. Mayo, Ireland
Carrowniskey

Carrownisky Strand on the exposed expansive shore of West Mayo has become synonymous with surfing with cosistant waves breaking almost all year round. It's a summer destination for surfers, swimmers, kite-boarders, families, hikers and pure leisure seekers. One of Ireland's longest established surf schools, Surf Mayo, is open seven days a week, year round.


The beach lies about 30km (18 miles) west of the beautiful Westport town and the nearest village is Louisburgh, approx. 7.5 km (4.7 miles) to the north west. It has become famous for the horse racing events which have been revived there each summer.