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IRELAND Accommodation, Surf School & Surf Camp - Donegal, Bundoran. Ireland

INTRODUCTION

IRELAND Accommodation, Surf School & Surf Camp - Donegal, Bundoran Guests overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.7 based on 4 reviews.
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The surfcamp is in the ideal location for learning to surf in Ireland. The waves are consistent, the beaches are long, and the craic is good. The surf camp is centrally located in town, beside a supermarket and off-licence, as well as all the pubs and restaurants. The lodge is also within walking distance of the best surf beaches and reef breaks.

 

Week long surf camps for people who really want to improve their levels . The camps run over 7 days and the exact programme will be determined by the surf conditions and abilities of the group. The surf camp is open to everyone, with a maximum of 8 surfers to each instructor

 

The rooms in the lodge are clean and comfortable, with good beds, bathrooms and TV. We also have private parking, kitchen and BBQ facilities, and board/wetsuit storage.

 

The camp is suitable for beginners, progressive beginners and intermediate level surfers. Surf camps run all year round. A range of different activities are available on site, such as yoga, cycling, Stand Up Paddle, coasteering

THE ACCOMMODATION

The Lodge

 

All the rooms in the lodge are spacious and well appointed with comfortable three star hotel standard beds. All double, twin and triple rooms are en-suite with TV. Many of the rooms offer views of the main beach. There is also a wireless broadband service free for guests to use with their own laptops.

 

The lodge has four double/twin rooms and two triple rooms. There are two bunk rooms that can sleep 4 and 6 people. The four bed dorm is en-suite and the six bed has its own private bathroom next door.

 

Healthy continental breakfast each morning to set you up for the day, with juice, cereals, toast, freshly brewed coffee and tea. Fully equipped kitchen for guests to use and free tea and coffee all day.

 

You will find the lodge is a perfect place to chill out after surfing. There is a spacious lounge area with wide screen TV, DVD player and X-Box. Throughout the Lodge you will find a selection of surf art and photography by local and international artists.

 

There is private parking at the back of the building and plenty of storage space for boards, and a drying room for wetsuits.

 

Surfer’s Chalet and Apartment

 

A 2 bedroom Surfer’s Chalet at the rear of the Surf Lodge which sleeps 4 to 6 people and has its own kitchen, living room and patio. Bed linen is provided. Weekends/full week available all year.

 

A 2 bedroom Surfers Appartment beside the Surf Lodge which sleeps 4 to 6 and has its own kitchen and living room. Bed linen is provided. Weekends/full week available all year.

 

THE ACTIVITIES

Surf Lessons

Achieving your surfing goals by keeping groups small and providing personal attention to each student. A range of different boards for you try, so you can progress your skills.

 

Good quality wetsuits and bootees to keep you warm in the water, as well as soft skinned boards for safety. Winter suits provided in the winter months. Complimentary transport to and from the beach will be provided for you.

 

The instructors can accommodate all age groups, whether young or old. If you have any special requirements, the instructors will be happy to discuss these with you and provide assistance.  

Surf Breaks

 

Bundoran offers a wide range of reef and beach options for all levels of surfers. For experienced surfers there are numerous reefs in the area that work on different stages of the tide. The surrounding area is great for exploration, ideally with a car. Most breaks in the immediate area of Bundoran are accessible by foot or bicycle.  

 

Tullan Strand

Tullan strand is one of the best beaches in Ireland for surfing, as it catches a lot of swell. Even if there are no waves at other breaks, Tullan can still be two foot and clean. The beach is two miles long with banks all along the beach, the most popular of which is beside the cliffs. At low tide the peaks nearest the cliff jack up into wedges that can produce fast hollow waves. The peaks get mellower the further down the beach you go. At high tide the peaks at the far end of the beach are best. Offshore in east and south east winds.  

 

The Peak

One of the most consistent and best quality reef breaks in Ireland, the Peak is best surfed at low tide. This A-frame wave produces a long walling left with barrell sections, and a shorter right that can be quite hollow. Experienced surfers only. Can get crowded. Offshore in SE winds. When the swell is big the left can close out however the right can handle nearly any swell

 

Main Beach Sand bar

The Sandbar can produce high quality lefts and short rights at low tide. The sand bar is rarely crowded and is a good spot for intermediate riders. It is best on a low tide and can really catch south west swell.  

 

Bundoran Main Beach

The main beach can produce good waves on a high tide. The shore break produces fast short rides in the shore break but can also produce longer rides when it breaks out back. It can handle the wind and is always worth a look at high tide.  

Coastseeing

Explore the wild coast of the North West and its unique craggy cliffs like you’ve never done before. Your hosts can help you arrange a Coasteering adventure, where you will experience a buzz like no other as you clamber through old smugglers’ caves, spot incredible marine life, negotiate natural rapids and whirlpools before attempting adrenalin-fuelled sea cliff jumps.

 

 

Ranging from family friendly low-tide adventures to extreme cliff leaps we have coasteering adventures of varied intensities suited to different ages and abilities. Dont worry you dont have to do big jumps and there are some great routes for those just looking to explore not only one of the most beautiful coasts in Ireland but one of the most untouched spots in the world. 

LOCATION & GETTING HERE

Location

The surfcamp is in the ideal location for learning to surf in Ireland. The waves are consistent, the beaches are long, and the craic is good. The surf camp is centrally located in town, beside a supermarket and off-licence, as well as all the pubs and restaurants. The lodge is also within walking distance of the best surf beaches and reef breaks.

 

Bundoran, County Donegal is considered by many as the Surf Capital of Ireland is situated on the South shore of Donegal Bay. It has become famous the world over for the excellence of it’s waves and many International Surfing Competitions have been held here.

 

There are plenty of beaches in the area that are good for all types of water sports, such a s swimming, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing, snorkelling and scuba diving. The main beach in Bundoran has been popular for over 100 years, and is patrolled by lifeguards in the summer.

 

Getting Here

From Dublin

Bundoran is a 3 hour drive from Dublin. If you are driving from Dublin take the N4 to Sligo, and then on to Bundoran, via the N15 from Sligo. You can also take the N3 from Dublin to Cavan and then on to Enniskillen and Bundoran. You can take the N3 or N4 exits from the M50 (Dublin’s main ring road).

 

Buses run regularly from Dublin to Ballyshannon (Donegal service), which is just 4 miles from Bundoran, with bus connections.

You can get the Ballyshannon bus from Dublin Airport or from the city centre bus terminal (Bus Aras).

You can also take the train to Sligo and then bus or taxi to Bundoran.

To get a bus from Sligo to Bundoran use the Galway to Derry Service and get off at the East End stop in Bundoran.

 

You can fly from Dublin to Sligo – 30 mins from Bundoran.

You can also fly from Dublin to Donegal airport (Carrickfin) – 90mins from Bundoran Rental cars available at Dublin Airport and other locations with Thrifty Car rental.

 

The camp also oFfers a weekly return bus from Dublin to Bundoran every Friday evening, returning to Dublin on Sunday afternoon.

From Belfast

The camp is a 2.5 hour drive from Belfast. Take the M1 from the city and then the A4 to Enniskillen and on to Bundoran. You can also go via Omagh on the A5 and on to Kesh (A32), Belleek and Bundoran.

 

There are buses from Belfast to Bundoran, via Enniskillen. Buses from N.Ireland with Ulsterbus: www.translink.co.uk You can fly into Belfast from many international destinations and also from destinations within Ireland. Belfast International Airport www.belfastairport.com Belfast City Airport www.belfastcityairport.com

From the UK

The main airports are Dublin, Belfast, Knock,(Ireland West) and Shannon. Dublin is a 3 hour drive, Belfast 2.5 hours, Knock 1.5 hours, and Shannon 4 hours. There are bus connections to Bundoran from all airports. 

There are many airlines flying into Ireland from the UK. The main airlines are:

  • Aer Lingus,
  • Ryanair,
  • BMI,
  • British Airways. 

 

There are also ferry services between Ireland and the UK. 

From Europe by Plane, Ferry, Car

There are many airlines flying into Ireland from mainland Europe.

Main airports are Dublin, Belfast, Shannon and Knock. Good bus connections from all airports to Bundoran.

 

There are also ferries from France to Ireland (Irish Ferries) and many ferries from Europe to UK (P&O), and then connections to Ireland from UK.

 

Renting a car is a good way to check out the surf. Most airlines charge about €30 each way for a surfboard and you can easily strap your board on to the roof of the rental car (remember to bring straps). British Airways are not carrying surfboards longer than 6’1″ any more for economy passengers. For car rental in Ireland check out Thrifty, Budget, Avis, Enterprise or Hertz.

PRICES & PACKAGES

5 Day Surf Camp

A 5 day surf camp package includes: 

 

  • 5 nights accommodation (Arrive: Monday – Departure: Friday)
  • 5 surf lessons
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 hours of surf classes with materials included during the morning
  • Daily transfer to the beach go/return
  • Free surf on afternoon with materials included
  • Wetsuit and Surfboard
  • Insurance
  • Self catering kitchen well equipped shared with the other guests
  • Camp facilities: Wi-Fi, TV & DVD player, BBQ area, and more… bike for rentals, city tours,etc.

 

RATES:

Accommodation in Dorms 299€ pp

Accommodation in Private Rooms (min 2 pers/max 3 pers) 350€ pp 

To upgrade to a Single room – add 15 € pp /day

Optional extras: €25 for extra afternoon lesson.

7 Day Surf Camp

A 7 day surf camp package includes: 

  • 7 nights accommodation (Arrive: Sunday – Departure: Sunday)
  • 7 surf lessons
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 hours of surf classes with materials included during the morning
  • Daily transfer to the beach go/return
  • Free surf on afternoon with materials included
  • Wetsuit and Surfboard
  • Insurance
  • Self catering kitchen well equipped shared with the other guests
  • Camp facilities: Wi-Fi, TV & DVD player, BBQ area, and more… bike for rentals, city tours,etc.

 

RATES:

Accommodation in Dorms 399€ pp

Accommodation in Private Rooms (min 2 pers./ max 3 pers.) 450€ pp 

To upgrade to a Single room – add 15 € pp /day

Optional extras: €25 for extra afternoon lesson.

Surfers' Chalet & Apartment

The minimum length of stay is 2 nights

Both, the Chalet and the Apartment can accommodate 4-6 surfers each. 2 bedrooms, living area and own kitchen.

Options available from €90pps for 2 nights accommodation and 2 surf lessons (based on groups of 6).

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