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Surfing Strandhill: Surf Spot Guide

On the northwest coast of Ireland in County Sligo, lies Strandhill. A wide stretch of beach break peaks offering lefts and rights, which can get hollow on the optimum setup. Otherwise, it’s a manageable wave which offers a few sections and a decent amount of shoulder to play on. Because the wave suits all, and it’s consistent enough, Strandhill is quite a popular area for surfing. It can get a little busy in the water, with surf school beginners, locals, and everyone in-between. Although, nowhere near as busy as some of the really crowded spots in the UK.

Strandhill - What Waves, When

Low tide needs a decent amount of swell to work well.

The pushing mid to high tide offers the best waves. On a west northwest to north westerly groundswell, with a south easterly wind steepening that lip up, you could be treated to a decent length ride for a beach break.

It can also work with light to light-moderate onshore winds.

In the right conditions there are other really good spots in the area, so experienced surfers will want to explore and see what luck comes their way.

Strandhill – Out of the Water

You can get surf lessons, equipment hire and purchase in Strandhill.

There are pubs and restaurants / cafes for the essential post-surf refreshment.

For accommodation you can choose from a luxury hotel and lodges to hostels, caravanning and camping.

Knocknarea Mountain is close to Strandhill, and although it is technically a large hill, one should always take the opportunity to walk up anything called a ‘mountain,’ and appreciate the views, especially when there is a cairn of an Iron Age queen at the summit.

There’s golf, horse riding, relaxing seaweed baths and plenty more to do, depending how far you want to venture from Strandhill.


  Fairly consistent for waves
  Surf schools for beginners


  Rarely really good
Rips, especially when big.


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