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Classic Surfing Ireland

Beginner difficulty
Instruction in English
Airport transfer available

Want to go surfing this weekend? TurfnSurf have everything you need for a great weekend in one location. Their Classic Surf Weekend package gives you the ultimate surf weekend in Bundoran, County Donegal. Keep it simple and book the Classic Surf Weekend.


  • 2 surf lessons
  • Transfer to and from the beach
  • Hands-on tuition from qualified instructors
  • Use of wetsuits and surf boards
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer available:
Dublin Airport (US$291 per person)
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TurfnSurf Lodge is located in the centre of Bundoran town, county Donegal; overlooking beautiful Donegal Bay and the world famous surf spot - ‘The Peak’. TurfnSurf Lodge was established in 2006 but the building has a much longer history. The building was built in the Victorian era (circa1890) and in the style of seaside townhouses of that time. This great building has been a resting place for visitors to the town since the 1940s. Today it is a lodge and activity center providing customers with clean, comfortable, and affordable accommodation. It is the centre of all they do at TurfnSurf and everyone is welcome to call in say hello, sit outside and watch the sunset while having a cup of tea (or maybe something stronger!). They pride themselves on a warm welcome and a comfortable stay for all their customer


If you want to learn how to surf, TurfnSurf can show you how. You do not need to be an expert in the water. All you need is to have a sense of adventure and a basic level of fitness and swimming ability. Their surf lessons are all done by trained instructors with beach lifeguard qualifications and lessons take place in a safe environment. Their instructors’ aim is to tailor the lesson to the participants’ abilities, keep you safe, and make sure you have fun. All equipment is provided and you’ll be transported to the best beach for learning to surf in one of their Land Rover Defenders. Bundoran is an excellent place to learn to surf.


  • Gather at the lodge and meet your instructor(s)
  • They’ll size you for wetsuits and other equipment
  • You can then change in changing rooms at the lodge
  • Transport from the lodge to the beach in one of their Land Rovers
  • On the beach your instructor(s) will do a land drill. This means going through the main points of surfing (about 15 minutes)
  • Next into the water for about one and a half to two hours learning to surf with hands on tuition from your instructor(s)
  • Ratio of students to instructor is eight to one
  • Out of the water, into the Land Rovers and then back to the lodge
  • Change out of your wetsuit in our changing rooms at the lodge
  • Tea, coffee, and biscuits back in the dining room at the lodge


TurfnSurf is located in the heart of Bundoran town, which is situated in the south west of county Donegal. Bundoran is the Surf Capital of Ireland and is located on a part of the Wild Atlantic Way which has some of the best surf in Ireland. In the right conditions, it even has the best surf in the world! Bundoran hugs the north-west coast, over-looking Donegal Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The town has been a seaside resort for a long time - since the late 1770s. TurfnSurf is located in one of the oldest buildings in the town - number six Bayview Terrace, which dates from the 1890s.


Breakfast will be served daily at the lodge, there's also a free tea and coffee making facilities.

Eating out and cafés

There is a wide range of cafés and restaurants located in the town. A few of the favorites are as follows:

  • Waves Café is located on the Main Street and offers a wide choice of wraps, sandwiches, soups, and Panini sandwiches along with sweet treats.
  • Goodies Café located on the Main Street is another good spot for some lunch and a coffee.
  • Caroline’s Café located on the Main Street does hot dinners and lunches.
  • Madden’s Bridge Bar is a good location for some delicious pub grub with a wide choice of dishes.
  • La Sabbia restaurant is a cozy pizza and pasta restaurant located just off the Main Street.
  • The Peak restaurant is located in a building with panoramic views of Donegal Bay. Open for lunches at weekends and dinners throughout the week.

Eating out - Mullaghmore

Eithna's Restaurant overlooks the picturesque harbor at Mullaghmore with views out towards Donegal Bay. Eithna's speciality is seafood but equally delicious are her other homemade dishes and her homemade cakes served with coffee in the mornings are not to be missed!

Things to do (optional)

Brennan’s Criterion Bar

Sisters Nan and Pat have been running Brennan’s Criterion Bar (to give it the full name) for more years than they care to remember. Forget the pastiche, pretend old bars of Dublin’s Temple Bar, this bar is truly an authentic, old fashioned Irish bar. The walls, ceilings chairs and bar counter are original, old and well kept. Perhaps the best pint of Guinness in town, it’s the place for long conversations and mellow evenings with friends.

Bundoran Cinema

Bundoran Cineplex is located beside Lidl supermarket at the rear of the Main Street. It offers six screens with the most recent movie releases. To find out what’s con click on their website Bundoran Cineplex

Coastal walks - Rougey and West-end

They are lucky in Bundoran to have a view of the sea 365 days a year. Take one of the great coastal walks along Rougey Cliffs or along the West End and look upon the panoramic views of Donegal Bay. You can go for just 10 minutes or two hours but they will not fail to impress. You will see Slieve League Cliffs on the other side of the bay. Supposedly the highest sea cliffs in Europe! Look west and you can see Mullaghmore headland, the home of Classie Bawn Castle. Turn north and look upon the Bluestack Mountains stretching along behind Donegal Town.

Madden’s Old Bridge Bar

This is the unofficial surfer’s bar in Bundoran. Run by the Madden family, it’s a great place for delicious bar food and a drink. They’ve a whole range of craft beers including beers from the Donegal Brewing Company, located only 10 kilometers down the road. There’s weekly traditional music sessions in Madden’s Bar along with other music events. Call in and ask them what’s going on.


There are three nightclubs in Bundoran; Paris nightclub on the Main Street, Jumpin Jacks located in the basement of the Holyrood Hotel and Boom Boom nightclub located on Astoria Road.

The Chasin’ Bull

The Doherty family have been at the helm of this bar known locally as “The Bull”. They offer lots of live music events from late week to Sunday. It’s also the place to go for the big sporting events. A relaxing bar during day and rockin’ at night.

The Kicking Donkey

You won’t find it hard to find “The KD” (Kicking Donkey). It’s the one with the big donkey stuck to the wall outside! This is another music and sports bar, it is actually two bars. George’s Bar is a favourite of locals looking to catch up on the news, play pool and watch the football. The KD is a lively music venue at night.

The Aparthotel

Ask TurfnSurf if there is anything going on in the Aparthotel. During summer months they have bands play and there have been many lively nights had there. A friendly and welcoming bar.

Ten Pin Bowling

Mac’s amusements has an arrange of arcade games along with ten pin bowling lanes on their first floor. Find out more at GlowBowl Bundoran.

What's included

  • 2 surf lessons
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Free use of tea and coffee machine
  • Surf boards and wetsuites tailored for the weather conditions
  • Transfer to and from the beach in a Land Rover
  • Qualified instructors

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfer

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Dublin Airport (DUB). TurfnSurf also offers airport pick ups by bus hire (250 EUR per bus).

Airport: Dublin Airport Airport transfer available: Dublin Airport (US$291 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 7 days before the arrival date.
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