UK Surfing Destinations


If you are looking for the best UK surfing destination, then look no farther than Newquay. This town, located on the Atlantic coast of Cornwall, has the nickname of the Surfing Capital of Britain. Fistral Beach is the center of the surfing area in this resort with one of the best beachbreaks on the Cornish coast. The waves are consistent with powerful hollow waves and can hold a good swell.

Newquay is also known for the Cribbar. This huge wave breaks up to 20 feet and doesn’t require any wind to swell. Other surfing beaches near the town include Towan, Great Western and Tolcarne. The towns of Crantock and Watergate Bay, which are close by, also have good surfing beaches. The biggest waves along the coast of Cornwall occur in the autumn, while July and August are the best months for beginning surfers.

Perranporth is located only ten miles from Newquay and is a surfing destination as well. The beach, which is about 3 miles long, has waves of varying qualities, so there is something here for all skill levels of surfers. It is the perfect venue for learning to surf with a surf school located right on the beach. The beach is not as crowded as those of Newquay, so it is a very safe surfing environment with a lifeguard on duty.

Sennen Cove is another Cornish town renowned for its excellent surfing opportunities. The beach is very protected from the winds and the swell. Although the waves here are good for surfing at any tide, except an extremely high tide. The best swells are those from a westerly wind. There is a surf rental shop right on the beach so you don’t have to bring your gear with you.

Lahinch, in County Clare, Ireland is another of the popular surfing destinations of the UK. It does have great waves, but it also has dangerous currents, so is not a recommended surfing destination for the beginner.

The coastline of Donegal has excellent waves and beaches where many surfers from all over the world gather to compete. Bundoran is really the center of the island’s surfing and has hosted surfing many surfing championships. Other popular surfing destinations in Ireland include Achill in County Mayo, Standhill in County Sligo and Tramore in Couty Waterford.