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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.

Get in

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 [3]. There is also a small airport with daily flights to and from Dublin [4].

Get around

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 (), [1]. Offers courses ranging from beginning to advanced, also children's lessons.





  • Strandhill Lodge, Shore Road, +353 719168313 (), [2]. Lodge accompanying the surf school. Package deals available Budget; from €16 (dormitory) to €25 (ensuite).


Get out

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