The Best Places to SUP in Ireland

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We're often asked about the best places to SUP in Ireland. In particular, when you're a beginner, you want to find some spots where you can find your feet without mother nature tipping you into the Irish Sea or Atlantic Ocean!

Below we've put together some locations that our Pod have found useful before heading out into the open waters. Remember to always wear your lifejacket.

Dublin

Name: Broadmeadow Estuary

Skill Level: Beginner

Details: Broadmeadow estuary is a sheltered estuary and lies between Swords and Malahide in North County Dublin. The water is protected from waves and is a great opportunity to find your feet. As your skill level increases head out under the railway bridge towards Donabate beach.

Name: Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Skill Level: Beginner

Details: The harbour is a great place to practise your skills. There's usually a few people out on boards or kayaks which can be comforting. Make note of the map so that you stick to the rules of the harbour and follow the route along the wall.

Name: Clontarf Seafront

Skill Level: Beginner/Improver

Details: Head over the wooden bridge in Clontarf. There's a ramp at the boat club which can provide an easy access point to the water. Make your way under the wooden bridge and Poolbeg will dominate the skyline. As the larger ferries come in, this can cause some choppy waves. If you fancy a challenge head out to the lighthouse and back. 

 

Name: Ireland's Eye

Skill Level: Expert

Details: A lovely paddle but you have to know the tides and wind. Head off from Howth harbour around an hour before high tide and with a low wind forecast. Takes about 45 minutes. Plenty of sea birds and seals along the way.

Galway

Name: Dog's Bay

Skill Level: Beginner

Details: Sheltered water and crystal clear, a perfect place for a paddle. Depending on tides and the time of year, there can be a lot of jellyfish, including the Lion's Mane, so keep an eye out on the water.