A Surfing Adventure in South-West Cork
If you’re looking for a real Irish adventure try hitting the waves at Garrettstown. Just 35 minutes from Cork City, I’d recommend renting a car and taking a road trip. As a non-surfer this was a brilliant experience and definitely one for the bucket list!
We rented everything from boards to boots from the Gtwon surf school. They provide lessons for all ages and levels but being the adventurer that I am, I decided to skip the lesson and dive straight into surfing and I literally mean dive. After 30 minutes of toppling head first off the board I decided that I needed a lesson. Within just one hour I was standing and cruising along the waves. Both novice and experienced surfers will appreciate the thrill of gliding along as the waves break beneath the board adding more speed to the surf.
Ireland is known for its rain but don’t let this stop you from taking a dip in the Irish Sea. If you’re not brave enough to embrace the cold, you can wear a wetsuit which will keep you warm and toasty. It started to rain during the lesson but this just added to the fun. The feeling of rain bouncing off your head as you surf allows you to experience the true Irish seaside.
If surfing is too intense, you can rent a body board and glide along the shoreline or explore the coastline and jump into splash pools along the Wild Atlantic Way. If you prefer to stay nice and dry, rent a boat, cast a fishing rod and sit back and enjoy the wonderful scenery.
We were famished after all our activities so we stopped in Kinsale on our way back to the city. With winding streets full of bars, restaurants and artsy little shops we were hooked and decided to stay over for the night. We ate at the traditional Irish chipper Dinos, which is famous in Cork for their fish and chips.
The food was delicious and we sat on the wall outside enjoying the view of magnificent harbour full of bobbing fishing boats and fabulous yachts.
South-west Cork is a fantastic spot for a short break, enjoy a full day of adventure at Garretstown and potter around Kinsale, discovering all the treasures it has to offer.
Lisa is a sales executive in Ryanair’s marketing department.