About Lahinch - Beach

Beachbreak in front of Lahinch Village. Great beginner spot. Picks up any swell so is great during warm summer months. Lifeguard attended (during summer months). Gets busy with tourists and surf lessons but there is a lot of room to spread out. Best when it is small (chest high or under) and low tide. Hazards when swell gets bigger and at higher tides.

Source: Lahinch - Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Beginners should be accompanied because of rips and changing conditions. Intermediate to advanced surfers will scour out peaks that suit them.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Family style wave. Good vibes. Always a good idea to talk to the lifeguards before entering the water.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

This beach gets crowded with tourists and locals alike. Great weekend spot with the kids. Gets crowded. Watch out for out of control beginners.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Great family spot or place to pick up the basics of surfing safely. Good access to amenities. Soft and playful.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Not too far to paddle but if you are surfing here you are probably starting out and your shoulders will be burning anyway.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Very clean.

Additional Information


Strong rips when bigger and under certain conditions. Entry and exit hazards at high tide.


Access from public parking (pay system) in the village. Not recommended to access beach or waves at high tide as water comes right up to the breakwall. Backwash and rips make it far too dangerous for a beginner surfer. Any tide more than 3/4 up can create a dangerous situation.

Bring Your

Fish, funboard, longboard



Best Season

Summer or small days during more the more swell prolific winter season.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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