Sligo is well known among the surfing community as a surfing hotspot along its entire coastline. Areas of note include Strandhill, Easkey and Bundoran. Sligo grabbed the attention of the surfing world recently when local film makers began to film the winter storm wave surfing at Mullaghmore Head, just a short drive from Castle View House Bed & Breakfast. Waves in excess of 30ft are not unheard of during this period.
Strandhill offers year round surfing and the perfect environment for both the seasoned surfer and beginner alike. It’s generally considered as one of the best surfing location in the country and for years, has produced some of the country’s best surfers. The coastline is north west facing and picks up any type of swell from south west to north, making it one of the most consistent locations throughout the country. The area also boasts numerous surf schools and equipment is available to rent locally.
Easkey is another popular surfing location along the Sligo coastline and is internationally recognised as one of the top surfing locations in Ireland. The surf breaks at Easkey are Reff Breaks as the waves break over stones rather than sand. Easkey has two reef breaks – one to the left, just by the river mouth and another to the right, east of the castle. This makes the waves more attractive to surfers because they are hollower and faster than beach breaks. However, the breaks in Easkey are suitable for experienced surfers only, although surfing lessons are available at local beaches for the less experienced.
Bundoran is another superb local surfing location situated only a short drive from Castle View House Bed & Breakfast. Surfers travel from all over Ireland and ideed the world to surf the waves on the Atlantic coastline. Bundoran is surfed all year round and hosted the European Surfing Championships for the third time in 2011 when hopefuls from fourteen coutries decended on Bundoran to battle it out for the crown of European Surfing Champion with the title eventually going to Portugal.
Castle View House is ideally situated to provide easy access to some of the best surfing available in Ireland and indeed Europe on Mullaghmore Head. This location, until recently, remained a secret only known to locals but that all changed when a local film maker recorded some of the local surfers taming waves in excess of 30 feet during one of the Atlantic storms that hits the sligo coastline during the winter months. The area has attained wordwide fame for the quality and height of its waves.