Doolin Point: Ireland's surf gem | Photo: LoneSwimmer.com

The island of Ireland enjoys a mild climate, despite the frequent rainfall. Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are countries greatly affected by the Atlantic Ocean, so you should not expect extreme temperature variations.

The Western region is wetter than the Eastern coast. At the same time, the Western coast is more exposed to the winds and swell brought by the Atlantic Ocean and, therefore, waves are more frequent.

It is very rare to watch a surfer enjoy great waves near Dublin and Belfast, although it is not impossible. The best surf spots are located in the West, which is not far away from the country's capital cities.

There are several world-class waves in Ireland and tow-in surfing is very much appreciated.

In Bundoran, there are dozens of incredible surf spots. This is the centre of Irish surfing and when the right swell hits the coast, surfers flock to the waves.

In the North, Enniscrone, Castlerock Strand and Portrush deliver good right handers, while in the South it's impossible to forget Crab Island and the famous Doolin Point. Lahinch also offers interesting rides for beach break fans.

Mullaghmore Head, near Tullaghan, is the big wave riding sanctuary in Ireland. Here, you can catch the wave of your life if you dare to defy the 15-metre walls of water.

It is as dangerous as The Slab, near Portrush, where only the most experienced surfer can enter.

Visit the Irish Surfing Association