Surfing in Ownahincha Beach, Cork, Ireland

Skill Level:
All Surfers
Best Wind 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.

Ownahincha Beach is located close to Rosscarbery, an excellent holiday resort in the southwest of Cork. This spot is an exposed beach break that offers reliable surf at any time of the year. Surfers of all ages and skill levels can enjoy an exciting performance of their favorite sport, while the surf site provides amazing views across the beach and the sea.

Offshore winds blow from the northeast and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. In addition, the swell sizes can start from 1 m/3 ft. Furthermore, the best tide movement is rising and falling tides and the ideal tide position is all tides. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. In summer, the wind blows offshore at 18%, in autumn the wind blows at 17%, in winter at 18% and in spring at 24%.

Ownahincha Beach is the ideal place for surfers, who hate beach crowds. Note: be careful of rocks.

How to Get to Destination

62.5km/38.9mi, 1h
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 at Cois Fharraige/R598. Continue to follow the R598.
Cork Airport,
59.4km/37mi 57mins drive

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