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In Ireland, surfing tends to be best on an Atlantic shore but the Foyle area has a few hidden gems with its Atlantic waves, winds and clean sandy beaches – its fast becoming recognised as a surfing destination.

Benone Beach looking toward Mussden Temple. Blue skies, sandy beach and waves are rolling in.

Benone Beach

Traditionally, surfing tended to be on the Atlantic western shores but Benone, part of an 11-kilometre stretch of beach in a spectacular cliff-backed setting, is attracting surfers of all ages and abilities. Surfing lessons are available with beach access and free parking beside the Benone Tourist Complex.

As you travel eastwards along the coast towards Downhill, the waves become bigger. They’re also more rolling and less violent than at other Atlantic shores, making them ideal for ideal for beginners and long-boarders.

Enthusiasts who want to experience the surf around Donegal’s Inishowen peninsula and enjoy its breathtaking scenery, can take the Scenic Lough Foyle Ferry to Greencastle and travel on to Culdaff (19 km) or Malin Head (34 km).

There are several small to medium-sized beaches along this stretch of coast, most with east-facing shores and offering safe surfing conditions and a pleasant environment for learners. Culdaff Blue Flag Beach, on the east coast of Inishowen, offers some of the most consistent waves in Ireland with surfing suitable for all skill levels.

Culdaff Beach in County Donegal. Blue cloudy skies, sandy beach, waves rolling in. Some people are on the beach.

Culdaff Beach


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