• Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009
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Surf Spots

With their miles and miles of endless coastlines, it’s no wonder that the UK and Ireland offer some of the world’s top surf spots. While it may not be as warm or glamorous as many international locations, the waves and the welcome in these surf spots are second to none. The autumn season offers the best surfing conditions in the UK and Ireland, but many avid surfers will hit the waves on these surf beaches all year round! We have listed some of the best surfing spots on popular surf beaches around the UK and Ireland. All surf spots come with some recommendations of hostels to stay in so you can get plenty of rest before you hit the waves.



Surfing Ireland


With its rugged coastlines and the presence of the Atlantic Ocean, Ireland boasts optimum surf conditions. Whether you are a keen surfer or a beginner looking for some surfing lessons then make sure you surf Ireland. Here’s details of some of the top surf spots around Ireland.

Surf Bundoran, Co. Donegal 

Surf Spots Bundoran is a beautiful coastal town in the county of Donegal with some excellent surf beaches. It has long been hailed as one of Ireland’s top surf spots as the Atlantic brings in some powerful waves daily. Also, the Bundoran shoreline is made up of a series of headlands and flat rock reefs that face directly into a nearly constant swell, making the surf conditions excellent. The surf is suited more so towards intermediate to expert level surfers, however there are plenty of surf schools in the area that will bring novices to the right surf spots for some surf lessons. There are also plenty of more surfing beaches all within a few miles of Bundoran such as Rossnowlagh, which is regarded as the home of Irish surfing and boasts one of Ireland's biggest surf schools. If you are coming to Bundoran to sample this surf spot then take a look at some excellent hostels we have available in Bundoran and around Donegal.



Surf Lahinch, Co. Clare


Surf Spots

Lahinch in County Clare is a very popular surf spot for both experienced surfers and beginners. Lahinch offers two miles of coastline that provides all kinds of waves to cater for all surfers. The Atlantic’s slow rolling waves make learning how to surf in this part of the world that little bit easier. And if you don’t want to tackle the waves on your own then head to the local surf school for some surfing lessons from the experts. Lahinch is not just a top surf spot and surf beach, but also a popular town with its scenic surrounds and friendly pubs. A couple of miles outside of Lahinch you will find Spanish Point which is also a top surfing beach in Ireland.



Surf Doolin, Co. Clare


Surf Spots This small seaside village is packed year after year with avid surfers from all over the world. It lies on the northwest coast of County Clare and avails of the mighty waves of the Atlantic Ocean. It also has the scenic limestone setting of the Burren and the majestic Cliffs of Moher as part of its scenery. The Atlantic brings a crashing surf onto this popular surf beach and at parts of the year Crab Island (just off Doolin Harbour) offers the best surf conditions. The island has an exposed reef break that has consistent surf all year round. However, the paddle out to the back of Crab Island is a good distance and the surf is strong and quick out here so be sure to have lots of energy and experience before you tackle this surf spot. Doolin Point is also an amazing surf spot, but there are a lot of jagged rocks in this area so again experience is required. If you are looking to surf one of Ireland’s top surfing beaches then visit Doolin.



Surf Achill Island, Co. Mayo


Surf Spots Achill Island has a 3km beach stretch known as Keel Beach. As it lies in the Atlantic Ocean, this surf beach experiences many crashing and powerful waves – optimum Irish surf conditions. Keel Beach has designated surfing spots set out due to many strong rip tides in the central and eastern parts. The western half is designated for surfers. The area has a lot of surf schools so get some surf lessons if you want to learn some expert tips. This top surf spot is also a popular tourist island so when you are finished with the waves and surf beaches make sure you check out the rest of the island. Have a look at the hostels available for your visit to Achill.



Surfing UK


The UK has such a varied coastline making it every surfers dream. If you think you have what it takes to ride some crashing waves then make sure you surf UK. And even if you’ve never even seen a surfboard before then don’t worry - most of these top UK surf spots have surfing lessons to avail of. Take a look at some top UK surf spots and why not book a hostel for your stay there too.


Surf Newquay, Cornwall


Surf Spots Cornwall has long been hailed as one of the top surf spots in the United Kingdom. Newquay, the main town, is a favourite with many national and international surfing champions, and also with surfers of all levels. This part of the country offers exceptional surfing because of deep Atlantic low pressure systems that unleash their powerful swells eastwards. It has many surf schools for those surf lessons and surfing equipment for hire so this is an ideal location for novice or pro surfers. Fistral Beach in Newquay is where all the big surfing competitions take place and draws big crowds from all over the world every year. Cornwall boasts many seaside towns and villages, and many of the locals will be able to point you in the direction of the top surf spots and surfing beaches. There’s also a lot to see and do around Cornwall and Newquay for when you hang-up the surfboard for the day, so start planning your surfing trip to Newquay today by booking one of these great hostels.



Surf Thurso, Scotland


Surf Spots Thurso is mainland Scotland's most northerly town on the north coast of Caithness. It is a small and quiet town but it is fast emerging as a top Scottish surf spot. The turbulent seas of the Pentland Firth result in some powerful waves and great surf conditions. Thurso East is a renowned northwest-facing right reef-break that is situated a mile east of the town, opposite the castle. This is regarded as a strong surf and has a lot of shallow lying rocks so make sure your surfing expertise are high before you take on these waves. Thurso is growing more and more popular with surfers in the UK so make sure to visit this surf spot on your trip to Scotland.



Surf Llandudno, Wales


Surf Spots This little town is best known for its Victorian beach promenade. However, Llandudno is fast becoming a top surf spot in Wales. Its beach faces north east and produces some great waves in strong north-west winds. This surfing beach is also really good in bigger swells as the Great Orne Head shelters it from south west winds for some top surf conditions. The North Shore beach has a Tidy Britain Seaside Award and its crescent shape and golden sands are bordered by a historic pier. So if you are looking to get some surfing in on your trip to Wales then make sure to visit this great surf beach in Llandudno.


So if you are planning a surfing trip and want to take in some top surf spots, or even if you want to learn some adventurous new skills on your vacation, then don’t forget to take some time to tackle the waves of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

By: Tracy Lynch



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