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October Surfing in West Ireland

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October Surfing in West Ireland

Is this at all a possibility?

I'm traveling to dublin for business and have extended my trip an extra 4 nights for an adventure. I think it'd be fun to try and find a few surf spots. Yes, I know it will be cold.

I'll be traveling alone, I'd like to rent a car and drive to the west... but where should I stay, and does anyone surf in october?

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1. Re: October Surfing in West Ireland

Strand Hill in Sligo, or several places on the Dingle Peninsula are ones I would be familiar with as a non-surfer

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2. Re: October Surfing in West Ireland

Lahinch in County Clare is very popular with surfers and they seem to surf most of the year.

You would be able to rent a surfboard and wet suit if you are not bringing your own.

There are usually a few places along the prom where you can rent these, but probably less so in October, so it might be a good idea to contact them beforehand.


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3. Re: October Surfing in West Ireland

Hi zachgibson

Yes lots of mad Irish people surf right throughout the winter so you won't be alone in the water by any stretch of the imagination :-)

Strandhill in Co Sligo as mentioned by Soonas above is a perfect spot. It's only about 2 1/2 hours drive from Dublin and is a small seaside village on the rugged North West coast.

There are a few surf schools so hiring a board and suit won't be a problem.



If you have any energy left after that you might like to consider a hike up Knocknarea to see Queen Maeves grave, the views at the top are stunning.


After all that you will surely be in need of some tlc in the form of a seaweed bath (don't knock it till you've tried it!!)


A bite to eat and really good Guinness, probably accompanied by some music


Then a comfy bed for the night :-)



Other areas good for surfing in the North West include, Enniscrone, Easkey, Mullaghmore and Bundoran.

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4. Re: October Surfing in West Ireland

This is perfect. Thanks!!!

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5. Re: October Surfing in West Ireland

The NW is widely regarded as THE place to surf in Ireland and there are established surf schools and year round hire centres at Strandhill, Easkey and Bundoran. Strandhill and Bundoran both offer surfing on sandy beaches and Easkey is on rocks so is generally for the more advanced - the Pro/Am Surfing World Championships were held in Easkey in 1979 and it is also the home to the Irish Surfing Association http://www.isasurf.ie/

We visit Strandhill year round and there is always someone in the sea for us landlubbers to watch - dubfam's excellent post above provides you with everything you need to know about this charming little resort :-)

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6. Re: October Surfing in West Ireland

October sea temperatures are same as late June so it shouldn't be too cold. Still ask for a 5mm wetsuit. It's also possible that air temperature and sunshine could be better than this August. NW is a good recommendation but there are also good surf spots in Mayo with less people about on beaches. Wanna surf/ magic seaweed give good information if you want to read up on it beforehand. If I was going I would check out the forecast in the days before you travel and try and go to the place with the best conditions- ring the surf schools and ask about conditions or check star rating on magic seaweed. Its also possible to assess it yourself- go where there is no wind or off shore wind- swell period 10 or more seconds - wave height on exposed coasts max 1.5 metres for beginners....

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