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Strandhill, Ireland

Explore Strandhill Beach

Originally added by Jordan + Jacki Bolt

Explore the coast of an unexpected surf town on Ireland's west coast.

Somewhat off the beaten path, visitors to Strandhill may be surprised to find a bustling surf town, complete with a boardwalk, sand dunes and awe-inspiring sunsets. Commit to a visit here and you won't be disappointed. 

Strandhill sits on the edge of the Atlantic, about 5 miles west of Sligo, at the end of a peninsula, just below Knocknarea Mountain. 

Aside from watching wetsuit-clad surfers float in the sunset, visitors can walk the coastline for a few miles in either direction before the land turns inward toward Sligo Bay (head north to see the ruins of an early church). If you want to get off your feet, Strandhill has options for kayaking, paddleboarding, and even bike rentals. The Strandhill Surf School sits right on the boardwalk and offers several options for rentals and lessons. 

Before you head back to your campsite at the Strandhill Caravan and Camping Park, be sure to catch a sunset on the beach or hop in the water to join the surfers wishing the day adieu.  

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Relaxing Walk

One of my favourite beaches in Ireland. My friend was dog sitting three dogs and we let them off the leash — they had a blast running around, rolling in the sand while we enjoyed our walk around sunset. The hills and dunes surrounding the beach serve great for photographers.

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