Surfing in Inchydoney, Cork, Ireland

Skill Level:
All Surfers
Best Wind Direction:
Ideal Swell Direction:
County Cork is situated in the South-West Region of Ireland and it is the largest of all Irish counties. The climate here, like the rest of Ireland, is classified as a maritime climate, usually with cool summers, mild winters and abundant rainfall. Cork enchants visitors with its beautiful landscapes, historic towns and magnificent coastline. In addition, it provides with a number of sporting and leisure activities to perform and remember forever.

From the experienced surfer to the complete novice, Inchydoney beach is a superb spot for water-sport enthusiasts. It is located in the heart of West Cork and it is a sheltered beach break that provides good surf at all stages of the tide.

The optimum wind direction is from the north and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. The location offers both left and right hand waves. Surfers are able to explore the waves with swell sizes that can start from 1 m/3 ft and hold up to 2 m/6 ft. In addition, the best tide movement is rising tide and the ideal tide position is all tides. In summer, the wind blows offshore at 24%, in autumn the wind blows at 20%, in winter at 21% and in spring at 24%.

Keep in mind that, Inchydoney beach can get very crowded, especially during weekends. Note: be careful of rips.

How to Get to Destination

55.7km/34.6mi, 55mins
Head east on Dyke Parade/N22 for Mardyke Street / Sráid Na Muirdíge. Turn right at the Mardyke Street / Sráid Na Muirdíge. Turn right at the (N) Western Road/N22. Continue to follow the N22. Slight left at Victoria Cross/N71. Continue to follow the N71. Go through one roundabout. At the roundabout Sarsfield Road Roundabout / Timpeall Bhóthar an tSáirséalaigh, take the 3rd exit at South Ring Road/N40/N71. Continue to follow the N40/N71. At the roundabout Bandon Road Roundabout / Timpeallán Bhóthar Dhroichead na Bandan, take the 1st exit at Waterfall Road/N71. Continue to follow the N71. Slight left to stay on N71. Go through two roundabouts. Turn left into St. Finbarr's Place/N71. Continue to follow the N71. Go through two roundabouts. Turn left (2.8 km/1.7 mi). Turn left.
Cork Airport,
52.6km/32.7mi 52mins

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