Surfing at Inchydoney:
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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 Inchydoney, Cork
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.
52.6km (32.7mi) 52mins.
This website provides information about timetables and tickets.
Where to stay in Inchydoney, Cork
The area offers a full range of holiday options for all interests and budgets.
Idyllically located on the South West Coast of Ireland, enjoying breath-taking views of the Atlantic, Dunmore House Hotel is the ideal setting from which to enjoy the unspoilt suroundings of West Cork. The Hotel, which is in existence for over 60 years, is family owned and managed and is renowned for its welcoming atmosphere and personal service.
The Clonakilty Hotel offers comfortable accommodation at an affordable price. Each of the hotel’s 30 bedrooms are bright and spacious with ensuite bathrooms. The hotel has some private parking spaces and also ample on street parking. Residents can avail of a selection of beers, wines and spirits from our bar. Located in the pretty town of Clonakilty which is flush with colour from the traditional shop fronts and the large variety of flowers planted along the narrow streets. Ideally located in Wolfe Tone Street you are minutes away from some of West Cork’s finest restaurants and bars some of which are members of Ireland’s Seafood Circle.
The Emmet Hotel Clonakilty is a small but lively hotel in the bustling town of Clonakilty. Rooms Now From an amazing €39 per person sharing *Room Only Rate*. The Emmet hotel is family run and located in a beautiful Georgian square.
The superior Quality Hotel & Leisure Club, is located in Clonakilty in the heart of scenic West Cork. This family friendly hotel is just a 45-minute drive west of Cork City and is a wonderful base for touring the West Cork region.
The Clonakilty Townhouse boutique style hotel accommodation in Clonakilty offers Bed and Breakfast with elegant, comfortable accommodation in the picturesque heart of Ireland's Tidiest Town, Clonakilty, West Cork.
Where to have fun in Inchydoney, Cork
There are many restaurants close to the spot, with great food and friendly staff.
Richy's opened in spring 2002 and it is a great place to take young and old..... We celebrated 10 years in business last May!
We thrive on serving our guests with the best locally sourced produce and aim to meet our customers every need. It's not just about the food or the service separately but the whole package. The team at Richy's is dedicated to producing a dining experience where the guests feel relaxed and happy and receives fresh food prepared to a very high standard. Our menu offers a variety of dishes incorporating seafood, salads, small bites, steaks and desserts. Everything is made in house including bread, biscotti and salad dressings. We recently served Spaghetti with Bantry Bay clams in tomato and chilli sauce, only hours after they were gathered from the shore. All seafood is sourced from local fishermen.
Mio Restaurant & Bar was opened in March 2008 to bring great food to Clonakilty. The emphasis is on producing great food from local West Cork suppliers in a stylish yet casual setting, offering value for money and accessible wine lists.
Mio Restaurant & Bar is situated upstairs on Connolly St in the heart of Clonakilty. Light & airy, it is simply styled with wooden beams and chairs, contemporary table settings and exposed brick walls. In many ways it resembles a New York City loft that you could easily imagine the girls from Sex & the City enjoying a glass of wine here.
DeBarra's has been named as one of the 20 best venues in Ireland in Hot Press's special 'Best of Ireland 2013' publication.
Schools & Shops in Inchydoney, Cork
There are surf schools in the area with qualified staff, able to cover all your needs.
Jellyfish Surf Co. is THE PLACE in Clonakilty - West Cork even - for all your surfing needs; like surf boards, accessories, wet suits. We also carry kayaks, lifejackets and other items you need for the many water sports activities available in the area.
Originally named the West Cork Surf School, since the summer of 2011 we are now surfing as the Inchydoney Surf School. Cork’s premier surf school on the south coast, situated on the pristine blue flag sandy beach of Inchydoney, and located two miles from Clonakilty in the heart of West Cork, Ireland. We are the first established Surf School in Cork and are recognised by the Irish Surfing Association (ISA).
Audiovisual material of Inchydoney, Cork