Home of Guinness, green fields, violent field sports and mental
waves, so here's the lowdown on that big chunk of rock to the west of Wales that
stops us from getting proper swell.
Ireland is an island that forms the western most part of the British Isles, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s annoying for Welsh and English
surfers as it blocks huge amounts of swell that would batter our fair shores.
On the other hand itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just a short flight or ferry ride away and makes for a
What sort of waves?
pretty much has everything, the North has decent beachies, there are rivermouth
sandbars, long points, well shaped reefs and heaving slabs take your pick.
Does it get much swell?
Does it! Anything that gurgles out of the
North Atlantic hits somewhere on the Irish coast, the only problem is the speed
at which lows move over Ireland
means that whilst sizeable, they often lack a good period and are generally
accompanied by poor weather conditions.
What about the weather?
ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a saying in Bundoran, if you can
see the mountains itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to rain, if you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s already raining! And
that pretty much sums up Ireland.
The weather is changeable and often wet but if the sun does poke its head out,
enjoy it, quickly!
What else is there to do?
Drink Guinness and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s about it really.
Only joking Ireland
has a rich tapestry of cultural and physical delights, the music, the scenery,
the hospitality and the food, and of course the Guinness, did I mention that
Will I score uncrowded waves?
Not very likely anymore, surfing is booming
and there are plenty of locals, however it is still possible to find some out
of the way spots but a lot of the main ones will be mobbed.
Can I learn to surf there?
You can all over the place; check out the
ISA website (www.isasurf.ie) for details of affiliated surf schools but all the
main surfing hubs have schools, for example Portrush, Bundoran, Strandhill and
Where can I stay and how is it best to get
There is so much accommodation in Ireland, B+Bs,
cottages and hotels are everywhere. If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re in a van you can pretty much camp
anywhere, but be respectful otherwise this situation wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t last. You will need
wheels to get about, as the conditions change quickly and to get the most out
of an Irish surf trip you have to be mobile.
The waves arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t heavy but can pack a bit
more of a punch that your average beachie, aquatic wildlife is generally