There are many great surfing beaches around, especially a left-hand reef break in front of the house. The main locations for surfing in Mayo are the beaches around in the Westport/Louisburgh area, Achill Island and Belmullet. The biggest swells hit Ireland in winter around January and February, but the weather conditions at this time of the year can only attract hardcore surfers. End of the summer the swell can be already pretty good, but water and air temperature are much nicer.
Carrownisky strand: (15 min. drive) is a beach break suitable for beginners as well as experienced surfers.
SurfMayo at Carrownisky Strand in Louisburgh is one of the first surf schools established in Ireland and is open seven days a week every month of the year, apart from Christmas.
Elvis founded it in 1998, SurfMayo was one of Ireland’s first established surf schools and … Louisburgh, the nearest surfing beach to the town of Westport, Co. Mayo.
Belmullet: For a total getaway, head for the windswept beaches of beautiful Belmullet.
Keel Strand: (1 1/2 hour drive) Bag a big one at Keel Strand in Achill, a longstanding favourite among surfers. Beach break suitable for surfers of all levels.
Contact Activity Operators
Allay Windsurfing – AllPlay based at the foot of Croagh Patrick in Westport, is Ireland’s newest windsurfing school. Location: Murrisk, Co. Mayo, Telephone: +353(0)863070975
Surf Westport – Surf Westport prides itself at getting people surfing quickly; individual attention is given to all students, and they have a very high success rate. Location: Westport, Co. Mayo, Telephone: +353(0)851433947
The Adventure Islands – The Adventure Islands offers a wide range of water and land based adventure activities around Co Mayo. Location: Westport, Co. Mayo, Telephone: +353(0)9826907