Bundoran is situated on the south shore of Donegal Bay. The town is widely regarded as the surf capital of Ireland. It has become famous all over the world for the quality of its waves, and has hosted a number of international surfing competitions. The town offers many quality reef breaks for more experienced surfers, as well as a number of good beach breaks that are ideally suited to novice and intermediate surfers. The area around Bundoran has many natural and built features to keep you occupied during any rare flat spells. There are great rivers and lakes for fishing, as well as hills for walking and exploring. The built heritage of the area is also outstanding, with archaeology, castles, abbeys and national parks to explore.
Bundoran Surf Co. was set up by Pete Craig and Aidan Browne in March 2005. Pete has been surfing from a young age on the northwest coast and is well known in Irish surfing circles for taking on heavy waves and deep barrels. He has explored many waves on the west and north coasts of Ireland. He is from Derry originally, but has been living in Bundoran for 10 years. Pete is an ISA Level 2 certified instructor and has done a lot of coaching with all levels of surfers, young and old. It is hard to get him to work if the waves are pumping. Favourite board is a DHD 6’5. Aidan has been surfing for ten years and is from Bundoran. He is happiest surfing the reefs around Bundoran and the NW coast, and is a keen kite surfer when the strong onshores kick in. Aidan is also Level 2 ISA qualified and is usually working in the shop, teaching lessons, or stuck in the office. Favourite board is a Simon Anderson 6’4.
Other members of team include Alan Mc Loughlin, a man from the midlands of Ireland who realised after travelling the world in search of waves that nowhere was better than Bundoran. Thomas Losey is an English/Swiss man who first came to Bundoran Surf Co to work in 2006 and fell in love with the place. Josh Mc Crea from New Zealand met his German wife in Bundoran and fell in love with the woman and the waves and never left.
Between Pete, Aidan and the rest of the team you can be sure to get the best surfing tuition and information year round. Since setting up we have taught surfing to lots of people as well as teaching local kids in our After School Surf Club. We have also had lots of happy guests in the Lodge, and loads of people through the shop.
4 x double/twin rooms. Each room has one double and one single bed with en-suite bathroom and TV.
2 x triple rooms. Each room has one double and 2 single beds with en-suite bathroom and TV.
1 x 6 bed dorm room. A room with bunk beds that sleeps 6 and has its own bathroom next door.
1 x 4 bed dorm room. A room with bunks that sleeps 4 and has its own en-suite bathroom.
1 x 2 bedroom self catering ‘surf chalet’ that sleeps 4-5. Each bedroom sleeps 2 (one double or 2 singles) and fold out bed in the kitchen/dining/TV room area. One bathroom.
1 x 2 bedroom slef catering ‘surf apartment’ that sleeps 4-6. . Each bedroom sleeps 2 (one double or 2 singles) and 2 fold out beds in the kitchen/dining/TV room area. One bathroom.
Surf & Other Activities
We have week long surf camps for people who really want to push their surfing to the next level. The camps run over 5-7 days and the exact programme will be determined by the surf conditions and abilities of the group. The surf camp is open to everyone, with a maximum of 8 surfers to each instructor. Surf camps run all year round.
Suitable for beginners, progressive beginners and intermediate level surfers.
Bundoran offers a wide range of reef and beach options for all levels of surfers. For experienced surfers there are numerous reefs in the area that work on different stages of the tide. The surrounding area is great for exploration, ideally with a car. Most breaks in the immediate area of Bundoran are accessible by foot or bicycle.
Tullan strand One of the best beaches in Ireland for surfing, as it catches a lot of swell. Even if there are no waves at other breaks, Tullan can still be two foot and clean. The beach is two miles long with banks all along the beach, the most popular of which is beside the cliffs. At low tide the peaks nearest the cliff jack up into wedges that can produce fast hollow waves. The peaks get mellower the further down the beach you go. At high tide the peaks at the far end of the beach are best. Offshore in east and south east winds
The Peak One of the most consistent and best quality reef breaks in Ireland, the Peak is best surfed at low tide. This A-frame wave produces a long walling left with barrell sections, and a shorter right that can be quite hollow. Experienced surfers only. Can get crowded. Offshore in SE winds. When the swell is big the left can close out however the right can handle nearly any swell
Just to the north of the peak is the inside left. On good days its offers a long left with barrel sections. Can be fickle but when its on its definitely on.
A rock ledge that can produce sketchy barrels with a high tide. The movement of the sand bar seems to have effected 3D in recent years however its still possible with a high tide to get barreled. Probably best for body boarders.
Main Beach Sand bar
The Sandbar can produce high quality lefts and short rights at low tide. The sand bar is rarely crowded and is a good spot for intermediate riders. It is best on a low tide and can really catch south west swell
Bundoran Main Beach
The main beach can produce good waves on a high tide with a medium to large swell. The shore break produces fast short rides in the shore break but can also produce longer rides when it breaks out back. It can handle the wind and is worth a look at high tide.
The Boat Quay can produce long fast lefts in big swells. Can be sketchy when the tide is low but is often empty. Needs big swell. Best at mid to high.
The Drowes River Mouth
On bigger swells mellow lefts and rights peel off at the mouth of the Drowes River. A good intermediate wave. Located between Bundoran and Tullaghan at the Drowes Bridge.
Only really has waves on huge swells, however is protected from West and south west winds. The further down the beach you go the bigger the swell but the more wind affected it becomes. To reach Mullaghmore head to Sligo and turn to the right a half mile after the Duff River bridge. Good banks when on.
Streedagh Strand, Grange, Co. Sligo
Streedagh is a north facing beach located midway between Bundoran and Sligo (turn off at Grange village). Best surfed on a mid to high tide it is somewhat sheltered from west winds, and is clean in a southwest wind. Picks up plenty of west and north swell. Can be quite punchy on a big swell. Good for intermediate level surfers. Plenty of empty peaks all along the beach, and bigger further down the beach. 20 mins drive from Bundoran.
Rossnowlagh is best surfed on a mid to high tide, and has plenty of space all along the beach to accommodate any number of surfers. The waves here tend to be more mellow than Bundoran, so it is a good option if Tullan is big. Good conditions for learning. Rossnowlagh also picks up south swell. Offshore in east and south east winds. Located 15 mins drive from Bundoran.
There are plenty of other activities in the area that Bundoran Surf Co can arrange for you, such as kite surfing lessons, kayaking, windsurfing, horse riding, hill walking. And there are of course plenty of activities and sightseeing that you can do without guides or special equipment. We have a full list of such day and half day trips that you can undertake with a rental car.
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5 day surf camp package includes:
- 5 Nights accommodation
- Breakfast, wifi, bed linen
- Four 3 hour surf lessons and four surf rentals
7 day surf camp package includes:
- 7 nights accommodation
- Six 3 hour surf lessons plus surf rentals outside lesson times
- Wifi, contential breakfast and ben linen
- Transport to and from beach outside of lessons
- Extra surf lessons available.
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Other Surf Experiences
My first time surfing here was very enjoyable, the staff and instructors were very helpful and nice. I would probably book another lesson here!
Loved our morning of surfing here! We had complete beginners to some experienced surfers but everyone enjoyed it! The instructors are amazing and very helpful and patient, we were a large hen group but they kept us engaged