With the mighty Atlantic waves crashing into the miles and miles of coastline on a daily basis, it’s no wonder that the west coast of Ireland has become a top destination for surfing. County Donegal in particular has become a mecca for surfing enthusiasts, as there’s plenty of surf beaches and surf schools to be found here.
Bundoran Beach is one of the top surfing beaches in Ireland and surfers are guaranteed to catch the perfect waves here. The shoreline has a number of headlands jutting out and there’s nearly always a constant swell. The town itself is very surfer-friendly due to the influx of surfers to the town all year round. Donegal Bay on the southwest tip of Donegal presents excellent opportunities for surfing as it picks up swells from the north, north west and west.
In south Donegal you’ll find Rossnowlagh Beach, which claims to be the birthplace of Irish surfing! This beach is 4km long and is well known for its huge waves which can reach up to 7 meters high! It’s home to one of the biggest surf clubs in Ireland and there’s even a popular bar called the ‘Surfer’s Bar’ overlooking the beach.
Other well known surfing spots in County Donegal are; Kilcummin in Lackan Bay, Easkey, Mullaghmore Head and Tallaghan Strand on Donegal Bay.
If you’re looking for surfing schools in Donegal, why not try the following;
This surf school is operated by world-renowned Irish surfer Richie Fitzgerald. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, advanced or pro, you’re sure to enjoy your time in this surf school. You will receive expert tuition whether as a one-to-one class or in a group. Surfworld is based in Bundoran – the surf capital or Ireland.
For more check out the Surf World Ireland website
Situated on the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula in north Donegal is where you’ll find this surf school. It’s run by Dan Gallanach who has surfed all over the world and is now passing on his talent to children and adults of all ages and experience. Boards and wetsuits provided.
For more info check out the Inishowen Surfschool website
Fin McCool Surf School
The Fin McCool Surf School is based in Rossnowlagh in Donegal. Rossnowlagh claims to be one of the best beaches if you’re a beginner to this exhilarating sport. The surf school has a shop and changing facilities right on the beach. Beginner’s classes last 2 hours (90 minutes of which is actually in the water). Surfboards and wetsuits are provided.
Check out the Fin McCool website for more.
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