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From Mullaghmore's 'Prowlers' to the fun-size peak at Bundoran, the waves of the west coast of Ireland are world-class. While some can be a humbling sight, there are plenty of places where a beginner can find his or her feet and get sailing down a wave face in no time.

If you’re new to surfing, there’s a huge selection of friendly and knowledgeable schools to help you get started. Read on to learn about the best places to learn how to surf on the Wild Atlantic Way. 

There are plenty of places where a beginner can find his or her feet.

If you talk to any of the surfing experts that command the supercharged waves of the Wild Atlantic Way, they’ll usually stress two things.

First: the entire west coast of Ireland is an absolute playground for those who love to take to the water. Second, and of crucial importance: lessons are essential for those who are new to the surfboard. With a plethora of schools staffed with experienced instructors available along the entire coast, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to finding the best places to learn to surf and taking those all-important first steps.

  • Lessons are essential for those who are new to the surf board.

At Mullaghmore on the Surf Coast, big wave surfers are known to scale swells that rise nine metres in height, but surfing on the Wild Atlantic Way isn't all about extremities. If you fall more into the category of total beginner - or even shaky novice - there are lots of places to learn and develop your skills. 

Castlegregory Beach in County Kerry is an excellent spot for those new to the world of surfing, while the more advanced surfer may favour the waves found in the world-famous surf spot of Bundoran in the Northern Headlands. The latter becomes an hub of music and surfing each June thanks to the annual Sea Sessions Surf Music Festival.

  • There are plenty of schools for all ages.
  • The Atlantic gives plenty of practice.
  • You'll be standing tall in no time.

Further south, you can discover the gilded beaches of the Cliff Coast or travel down to the picturesque Haven Coast, both of which offer accessible, gentle spots to hit the water.

Here’s a selection of schools that will arm you with the most essential surf tips, like teaching you how to read the ocean’s currents, tides and winds, so that you'll be riding a wave in no time!


Before you grab a board, get some more surfing inspiration with tips and interviews from the pros who know the west best.

For a comprehensive guide to surfing in Ireland, visit the official Irish Surfing Association website.


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