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With the Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay and the English Channel crashing on its shores, it is no wonder the south of Ireland is fast becoming a popular destination for surfers and body boarders from all over the world. The rise in the popularity of surfing in Ireland in recent years has been phenomenal and the beaches of southern Ireland are an ideal destination to catch some waves. In Cork, beaches such as Inchydoney and Garrettstown are hard to beat for consistent year round surfing. If you require a hotel near either Inchydoney or Garrettstown beach then Clayton Hotel Silver Springs is the perfect choice.

Cork Beaches for Surfing

Inchydoney beach, one of Ireland’s top beaches according to Trip Advisor, is a kilometre of golden sandy beaches and picturesque settings and compares to no other in terms of a surfing beach. A low gradient shoreline makes ideal conditions for beginners and intermediate surfers. While, a broad tidal range offers up some excellent sandbars for the more advanced surfer looking to top up on the adrenaline levels.

Cork’s premier surf school is the longest running surf school in Cork and offers activities to suit all abilities and age ranges. The school is situated on Inchydoney’s pristine blue flag sandy beach offering surfing lessons, surfing tips, kids camp and much more. Inchydoney beach in West Cork is located one hour drive from the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs.

Garretstown Blue Flag beach is a 50 minute drive from the Clayton Hotel Silver Spring and is a great spot for social surfing. As for the waves, they are nearly always bigger on the West beach and the wide bay ensures that Garretstown picks up any southerly or south-westerly swells. Because the beach has a pretty small gradient with a hollow in the middle, it seems to work better at low tide with the waves losing a lot of their impact at higher tide. GTown Surf School which started in 2004 is located at this beach providing surfing lessons for the beginner to the more advanced surfer.

Surf lesson prices

all bookings can be done by phone or online and payment can always be made on the day.

  • 2 hour beginners surf lesson – €30 pp (Includes wetsuit/boots/gloves/hood/board)
  • 1 ½ hour junior beginners surf lesson – €25 pp (Includes wetsuit/boots/gloves/hood/board)
  • Intro to stand up paddle board lesson – €30pp
  • Coasteering 2 hour session €30 pp (own trainers/board shorts required/over 12 years only)

Other popular beaches for surfing near the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs include Castlefreke and Barley Cove.

Hotel Near Cork Surf Beaches

After a hectic day of activity why not avail of the onsite “Source Health and Fitness Centre”. Take a dip in the 25 metre pool, lounge in their Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room and you will be fully revitalised. The focal point in the Lounge Bar is the imposing glass encased fireplace that creates a permanently welcoming ambience. Comfortable seating, panoramic views over the river Lee, delicious food and a wide selection of beverages makes the Lounge Bar the ideal spot to sit and watch world the go by, while you relax in our comfortable surroundings.


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