The main beach is perfect for surfing but is dangerous for swimmers
Strandhill is a city in County Sligo.
Strandhill is a surfing mecca and attracts hundreds of people a year to one of the best beaches in Ireland.
The best way to get in is to take a bus to the nearby town Sligo and then take a twenty minute ride on Bus 472 into town . There is also a small airport with daily flights to and from Dublin .
The town is small enough that it is easy to walk around and see everything. The roads are well serviced and the pathways near the beach are maintained.
- Killaspugbrone Church, (Facing the main beach, turn right and walk towards the airport. A small gate will lead through a fence and near the airport runway. It is perfectly legal to walk near the runway as long as no planes are flying in. Follow the well-beaten path and you will see the church in the distance.). This small church dates back to the 12th century, perhaps earlier. Legend has it that Saint Patrick lost a tooth near the site and the church was erected in the area in his honor. Around the church is an old overgrown cemetery used by the residents of near-by Coney Island up until the 1960's. A fence borders the church but intrepid adventurers have bypassed it and walked around inside. This is not recommended as the church is very old and not exactly structurally sound.
- Strandhill Surf School, Beach Front, ☎ +353 (0) 71 9168483 ([email protected]), . Offers courses ranging from beginning to advanced, also children's lessons.
- Strandhill Lodge, Shore Road, ☎ +353 719168313 ([email protected]), . Lodge accompanying the surf school. Package deals available Budget; from €16 (dormitory) to €25 (ensuite).