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Bundoran

Bundoran is located in the North West of Ireland, an area described by the Stormriders surf guide as one of the few places in Europe to warrant the title ‘a surfer’s paradise’.

The town itself is home to one of Ireland's most famous waves, The Peak, as well as countless beginner and intermediate spots including Tullan strand & Rossnowlagh beach, two of the best beginner/intermediate beaches in Ireland.

The area is an ideal place to spend a weekend or a week long surf trip, enjoying the traditional music in the Irish bars and restaurants in town and learning how to surf the many waves on offer.

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Surf conditions for Beginners:

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Surf conditions for Intermediates:

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Surf conditions for Advanced:

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Surf Conditions in Bundoranon OCT for ADV level
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Surf Conditions in Bundoranon NOV for ADV level
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Surf Conditions in Bundoranon DEC for ADV level
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Don’t forget to explore the area in between your surf sessions. Bundoran is located on the North West coast of Ireland 50 kms north of Sligo town. The town is an enjoyable location for a night out with a good choice of restaurants and plenty of bars. Spend a night in a snug pub listening to a traditional Irish music session; enjoy some of the countless summer festivals, hit a few balls on the golf course and sit back and enjoy the craic and a pint of Guinness in one of the town's many bars.

If you like Golf there is an 18 holes links course right beside Tullan Strand surf beach. There is also a 6 screen cinema in Bundoran.

Rossnowlagh is a few km's north of Bundoran and worth the visit for its cliff top restaurants and bars which look down onto the surf beach.

Further Afield

The landscape surrounding Bundoran in County Donegal is lush green. There are many striking hilltops and mountains such as the famous Ben Bulben in Sligo – take a morning trip up it and enjoy the outstanding views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding countryside from the top.

Sligo is an attractive town with good bars and restaurants, theaters, cinema art galleries and delicatessens. Sligo is the largest town in the north-west, with a heritage going back 6,000 years. The rugged landscape and countryside has been immortalized by the famous Irish poet W.B. Yeats and through the paintings of his brother Jack Yeats.

Past through Sligo to Strandhill, not really big enough to be called a town, but its long beach is perfect for surf, and the Bridge Bar & Shells Café serve up tasty food that can be eaten outside in the summer sun. After a day surfing in Strandhill drop in to the Voya organic seaweed baths just off the beach – it is well worth the experience, you will feel incredible afterwards!
From Dublin
Bundoran is a 3hr drive from Dublin. Take the N3. This turns into the new M3 motorway. Drive to Virginia. Bypass Cavan, then on to Belturbet, Enniskillen, Ballyshannon, and then Bundoran.

You can also take the N4 from Dublin and travel through Sligo (takes the same time)

Best thing to do is log on to www.aaireland.ie and type in where your leaving from and ‘Bundoran’ and print out the directions.

Airports
The main airport serving the area is Knock Airport in County Mayo. It is an hour and a half south from Bundoran. It has flight to Dublin, the UK and further afield into Austria, Spain and the rest of Europe. The following arilines fly to it
www.ryanair.com
www.bmibaby.com
www.xl.com
www.aerarran.com

City of Derry AIrport
The city of Derry airport, an hour and a half drive into Northern Ireland, has flights to London, Dublin, Liverpool, Glasgow, Spain through:
www.ryanair.com
www.ba.com
www.cityofderryairport.com

Car Hire - We have a discount car hire section on our website where you can rent a car.

Train and Bus
You can take a train to Sligo and a bus up to Bundoran. You can also get a bus to Ballyshannon from Dublin and get a connecting bus or taxi on to Bundoran 10 minutes away.

Take a look at www.irishrail.ie and www.buseireann.ie for timetables.

Shared transfers - Share a taxi or mini bus with our shuttle bus partner here .
As the Stormriders Surf Guide says “Donegal Bay is one of the few places in Europe to warrant the title ‘a surfer’s paradise"

Tullan Strand surf beach in Bundoran is one of the most consistent beginner's waves in the country. It is the perfect place to start, and is great for intermediates with a perfect wedge appearing off the cliff.

A few km's north is Rossnowlagh, said to be the first beach ever to be surfed in Ireland back in the 60s. It’s a perfect place for beginners and intermediate surfers to polish their skill. Don’t forget to have a drink in the legendary Surfers Bar before you leave!

In the centre of Bundoran town is The Peak, one of Ireland's best wave. Numerous World and European surfing competitions have been held here, it’s a perfect place to watch the locals rip it up.

40 minutes south of Bundoran, in Sligo, is the surf promenade at Strandhill, a very popular surf beach with surf shops and the famous Strand Bar.

For intermediates and advanced there are countless choices, it’s all about exploring and finding out for yourself. Mullaghmore head is Ireland’s premier big wave spot, made famous when local tow-in surfers caught 60 foot waves. Drive further west in Sligo and you will reach Easkey, home to Ireland’s most famous wave.

Come Surf Bundoran with us…

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