Ireland is often praised for its strong, stable winds, so no wonder that kite surfing and windsurfing are so popular here. There are many kitesurfing centers in Dublin, Donegal, and Mayo. However, it's not easy to spend hours in chilly Atlantic ocean waters. So kitesurfing season usually lasts during the warmer time of the year from April to October.
Louisburgh, a small town on the southwest side of Clew Bay in County Mayo, is one of the most famous kitesurfing destinations. Atlantic swells ensure sweet wave riding year-round, and a small lake next to the ocean is a perfect flat water spot with a consistent south-west wind.
Dublin Bay and Poolbeg enjoy the north-east wind and shallow water. It's also very close to the city center. Duncannon is a small town in Wexford with a long sandy beach and flat to choppy waters.
Sligo’s bay is an iconic surfing spot. Rosses Point is a vast beach that features a kitesurfing school and offers some of the best wave riding in the country. Castlegregory in Kerry is another sweet spot with a large beach, dolphin watching, and decent Atlantic winds.
Some of the best windsurfing locations in Ireland are on the west coast, although windsurfing schools and rentals operate in most regions, especially on the southeast and southwest coasts. In Dublin, the most popular spots to catch the wind is Dollymount Beach and Salthill, near Dún Laoghaire Harbour. Southeast Ireland offers Brittas Bay in Wicklow County; Rosslare, Duncannon, and Cahore in Wexford County; and Dunmore East in County Waterford. Cobh in Cork County also has conditions and amenities for windsurfing.
The most advanced riders should try the winds on the west coast. Achill Island in Mayo is an excellent spot as well as Magheroarty and Rossnowlagh in Donegal, and Brandon Bay on the Dingle Peninsula.