Sligo Surf Experience. Born and raised in Strandhill

Calling all surfer guys and surfer girls. Come and see what Sligo surfing has to offer with an epic Sligo Surf Experience at Strandhill Beach. Learn to surf with local Strandhill surf school owner and professional coach Seamus Mc Goldrick and his expert team of Strandhill surf instructors. Catch the wave of your life at Ireland's best surfing beach in Strandhill Village on the edge of the Wild Atlantic Way.

With Sligo Surf Experience, you don't need to look any further for the best surf lessons in Strandhill for adults and children, beginners and improvers, individuals or groups. Our surf school in Strandhill also provides bodyboard lessons. You'll have lots of fun trying an easy and accessible introduction to the sport of surfing suitable for eight to eighty-year-olds. Learn to surf in five days with our Strandhill surf camp. And you can buy a Sligo Surf Experience voucher for a friend or family member over on our gift voucher page. See why surf lessons in Strandhill are one of the best things to do in Sligo.

 Strandhill Sligo Surf & Turf Experience

Sligo Surf & Turf Experience

On Saturday October 1st we are running another wellness event: an outdoor Surf & Turf experience with our friends at Knocknarea Farm!

Starting at 10 am, we will get hands on and down and dirty with a project on Knocknarea Farm and after we will hike up Knocknarea learning all about the history of Queen Maeve. Enjoy a delicious Farm to Fork lunch back at the farm before a super fun surf session with Sligo Surf Experience at Strandhill Beach.

10 am - 11.30 am - Farm
12 pm - 2.30 pm - Hike
2.30 pm - 3.30 pm - Lunch
3.30 pm - 6 pm - Surf

Per person: €80

What we do

Sligo Surf Experience lesson - Surf lessonsSurf lessons

1 lesson - 2.5 hours
All equipment included
Surf as part of a group
Fully guided by trained instructors

Sligo Surf Experience lesson - Surf campsSurf camps

5 lessons - 2.5 hours per day
All equipment included
U16, teen and adult surf camps
Learn to surf in 5 days

Sligo Surf Experience lesson - BodyboardingBodyboarding

1 lesson - 2.5 hours
Suitable for 8 - 80 years
Top of the range bodyboard equipment
Catch more waves and have more fun

Sligo Surf Experience lesson - Team buildingTeam building

1 lesson - 2.5 hours
All equipment included
Mutiday activites available
Schools, universities, staff parties, corporate groups

Surf lessons only: surf rental are not permitted under Strandhill Beach bye laws.

Sligo Surf Experience Strandhill voted Surf School of the Year 2022

Travel & Hospitality Award Winner 2022

Sligo Surf Experience Strandhill was voted Irish Surf School of the Year 2022


I have used Seamus's Sligo surf experience company each time I have been out in Strandhill and have made steady progress each time I have gone out. He has a team of great instructors with loads of tips and patience. Highly recommend you take a dip with them if given the chance. You definitely won't regret it. Also for the price with all the gear supplied to you, it is incredible value. Stuart

- Stuart ONeill, September 2020

Staff very nice and attentive, equipment was great with warm winter wetsuits and boots, keeping you warm the whole time.

- Jude M, September 2020Tripadvisor logo: Reviewed at Tripadvisor

Simply fab time surfing

Seamus and his crew were a great team. They encouraged positivity in our daughter when all she wanted to do was give up and before we knew it she was back on the board having a great time. We all had a great few hours trying surfing and would definitely go back again if in Sligo. All the wetsuits and boots were top class also unlike some places we have been before with really old ones. Give it a try, you wont regret it. It was our first time surfing but we all came away tired but full of joy.

- Ken, August 2020Tripadvisor logo: Reviewed at Tripadvisor

Real Sligo surf experience! Incredible family fun with a great bunch of instructors

So good we went back for more! The whole family had a lesson last week and the guys were absoluely brilliant - so encouraging & knowledgeable. We had all had a blast, from the complete beginner (me) to the teenager!! So we went back again today for more! Brilliant!! Thanks to whole gang!

- SallieE, August 2021Tripadvisor logo: Reviewed at Tripadvisor

Great fun, expert knowledge, we'll be back!

Best surf school in Strandhill! We had a fantastic afternoon of surfing with Seamus, Ruairi and Miguel. The group was a nice size with plenty of one to one instruction given throughout. It really felt like the guys genuinely wanted you to improve and have fun at the same time, which was different from other spots. We will definitely be going back and I would recommend them to anyone wanting to try surfing for the first time, or hoping to improve their skills.

- Anne-Marie F

Eco-friendly beachware is available in our online surf shop.

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Surf lessons in Strandhill with Sligo Surf Experience

Come surf with us

Try a surf lesson in Strandhill and catch the wave of your life with Sligo Surf Experience surf school. You'll meet Strandhill native Seamus Mc Goldrick, a Sligo surfing pioneer and professional Strandhill surfing coach. Learn to surf with an expert team of Strandhill surf instructors in a safe, fun environment. Step off the edge of the Wild Atlantic Way at Strandhill Beach and experience an amazing outdoor adventure with the number one surf school in Sligo.

Sligo Surf Experience was voted Irish Surf School of the Year 2022 by the Travel and Hospitality Awards.

All our surf lessons in Strandhill are beginner-friendly and all surfing equipment is provided by the surf school. You will have your own instructor to guide you through your two-and-a-half-hour surf experience in Strandhill. Sligo Surf Experience has an excellent range of super warm Tiki wetsuits to fit any size, large and small and we have an excellent range of soft surfboards suitable for beginner and improver surfers. Sligo Surf Experience are still operating surf lessons in Strandhill under our comprehensive Covid safety policy.
You'll find us in the surf school trading area in the main car park at Strandhill Beach. After our meet and greet at the yellow Sligo Surf Experience van, your instructor will size you up for a wetsuit and boots and guide you to the beach. They will patiently introduce you to your surfing equipment and guide you through the ABCs of surfing on the sand before getting you out in the waves to practice what you have learned on the beach.

Seamus Mc Goldrick is a lifelong local Strandhill surfer and a professional bodyboarder with over 25 years’ experience. Seamus has expert knowledge of Strandhill beach and is an experienced surf coach and surf school manager. Sligo Surf Experience is an Irish Surfing approved surf school. Seamus and his team are all qualified Irish Surfing instructors and beach lifeguards so you are always in safe hands .

Wild Atlantic Way - Sligo

Seamus is a Wild Atlantic Way champion and a Sligo surfing ambassador. According to Seamus, "Sligo is the spark that sets the west alight. The poet WB Yeats put it best when he said County Sligo was the 'Land of heart's desire'".

Ireland's number one surfing beach in Strandhill is at the centre of the Surf Coast of the Wild Atlantic Way. Enjoy great views of the Atlantic Ocean and the landmarks of the stunning surrounding Sligo landscape in the trendy seaside village. The part of County Sligo is dominated by Benbulben mountain and the limestone hill of Knocknarea. You will also enjoy views of the picturesque Coney Island and Cummeen Strand with the charming seaside resort of Rosses Point in the background. To the north you have views of Ardboline island, Raughly Point and Lisadell with the cliffs of Sliabh League, some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe, far in the distance. To the south, you have views of the Strandhill beach and its beautiful sand dunes (a special area of conservation), Marley Point with Dromore West and Easkey village in the distance sitting under the scenic Ox Mountain range.

Things to do in Sligo

There are lots of great things to do in Sligo. The bustling surfing village of Strandhill sits underneath Knocknarea and its iconic Queen Maeve's tomb, a 5,000-year-old neolithic megalith that is one of the largest Stone Age monuments in Western Europe. Strandhill seafront promenade is home to the highly recommended Shells Cafe and Mammy Johnsons Ice Cream parlour . Why not visit Voya Seaweed baths for their uniquely Irish brand of hot water seaweed therapies. Or visit the surfer's favourite, The Strand Bar. Upstairs from the Strand Bar is a number one Sligo restaurant, Stoked, run by champion Irish surfer Shane Meehan. All this and more is a short distance from our surf school in Strandhill.

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