Surf Ireland: Two to Five Night Surfing Holiday With Tuition and Breakfast from £42 at Fin McCool Surf School and Lodge (Up to 51% Off)
- Irish Surfing Association approved surf school
- Family-run school with some instructors on the Irish team
- Surf lodge with complimentary Wi-Fi and BBQ decking area
- South Donegal coast location
- Two night stay in 3- or 4-bed dormitory with bathroom
- Breakfast each morning
- Two surfing lessons
- Equipment hire included
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A flip-flop's flip from the beach, family-run Fin McCool Surf School & Lodge gazes out across Donegal Bay, lapping up views of rolling sets from their sand-dune-fringed base.
Surf's up with today's Groupon from Fin McCool Surf School and Lodge . Choose from the following options:
Stay for one
In a shared dorm room with a surfing lesson each day and breakfast every morning
- £42 for two nights (Up to 51% off)
- £63 for three nights (Up to 51% off)
- £85 for four nights (Up to 51% off)
- £105 for five nights (Up to 51% off)
The Surf Lodge
Paddling into its second season, the newly built surf lodge is kitted out with dormitories and double rooms, while a communal area offers plenty of parking spots for surf-bums and free Wi-Fi for fingertips. Outside, the decking area takes in sunset views with barbecues sizzling up the evenings. The lodge rides in tandem with the surf school's shop and changing facilities farther down the beach, where paddle-boards and bikes are also on hand to hire.
Zipping up wetsuits and slipping on one of the school's easily recognisable rashees, students can head down to the beach and pick up a board before assembling on the sand. The school is fully approved by the Irish Surfing Association and some of the instructors, who are part of a well-known Irish surfing family, have surfed for the Irish team. Lessons will begin with a 10-minute land drill as instructors take newbies through the strokes, with some ocean awareness and water safety skills being floated. The next 90 minutes will be water-bound as participants get to grips with the waves. Dudes and dudettes can enjoy a two-hour lesson each day of the stay, with equipment hire included to give fins something to splash about.
- In a shared dormitory (up to two or three other people) with shared bathroom
- Breakfast each morning
- Two-hour surfing lesson each day
Flights: Belfast Airport is about two hours and 40 minutes’ drive from the surf lodge. Dublin Airport is about three hours away, and Knock Airport is about one hour and 45 minutes away. A range of flights from mainland UK airports fly into all three airports.
Ferries: Several operators run ferries from Scotland and Liverpool into Belfast, and ferries from Holyhead and Fishguard into Dublin.
Road: The lodge is located between Donegal Town and Ballyshannon, just off the N15. It is accessible via Strabane on the A5 or Enniskillen on the A4, coming from Northern Ireland. From Dublin, take the N3.
Train: Sligo train station is just under an hour’s drive from the lodge with trains departing to Dublin Connolly.
Fin McCool Surf School rides the waves with a high 4.5/5 score from TripAdvisors. Reviewers waxed lyrical about the ideal location, friendly staff and comfortable beds.
After staying here on a surf trip last year, it's now the first port of call when going north-west. The hostel itself is clean and cosy, with a good kitchen always stocked with the essentials free of charge. The beds are pretty comfy and the dorm rooms are spacious.
– mybakingtray, TripAdvisor, Jul 2012
Beautiful views of the beach, lovely porch to sit on and watch the day go by and the rooms were clean. A spit away from the beautiful long stretch of beach.
– Rach e, TripAdvisor, Feb 2012