Surfing in Long Strand-Castlefreke, Cork, Ireland

Skill Level:
Best Wind Direction:
Ideal Swell Direction:
South, Southwest
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.

Long Strand-Castlefreke is a long, sandy beach, that is located close to Clonakilty. It is a popular surf break, as it offers consistent surf at any time of the year. Advanced surfers can enjoy an exciting performance of their favorite sport, while the site provides incredible views across the beach and the sea.

The best wind direction comes from the northeast and the ideal swell direction is from the south and southwest. The site offers both left and right hand waves. In addition, the swell sizes can start from 1 m/3 ft and hold up to 3 m-3.5/10-12 ft. Furthermore, the best tide movement is rising and falling tides and the ideal tide position is low and mid tide.

In summer, the wind blows offshore at 18%, in autumn the wind blows at 17%, in winter at 18% and in spring at 24%. Bear in mind that, Long Strand-Castlefreke can get very crowded, especially during weekends. Note: be careful of rips and rocks.

How to Get to Destination

63.8km/39.7mi, 1h 3mins
Head east on Dyke Parade/N22 for Mardyke Street / Sráid Na Muirdíge. Turn right at the Mardyke Street / Sráid Na Muirdíge. Turn right onto 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. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on N71. Turn left onto the R598. Turn right to stay on R598. Τurn left.
Cork Airport,
60.7km/37.8miles 1h drive

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