Heading over to Ireland in September for a month or so and have a few questions.
1 cheapest and best place to fly into to put you in the surf zone, any suggestions?
2 Car hire, any suggestions and will I need one? I am guessing yes.
3 Accommodation, Any suggestions? I'm happy to roam but also happy to set myself up and do day trips etc.
mate you can only really fly into Dublin internationally. Yes you need to hire a car... can't provide suggestions other than the obvious hertz etc. You will need to drive west and/or south to hit the right coast. It's cold water, even in summer, but rarely crowded except in a few key spots. B&B is often the way to go for accommodation or youth hostels in a few spots.
packed in sept. every1 goes. better to wait if can.
Fly into Dublin and drive. Lahinch is a great base, plenty of great waves that enjoy summer conditions (also picks up occasional long range hurricane swells from the US) and it's a relatively short drive north into Mayo/Sligo/Donegal if you experience a winter front and large swell that favours those coasts.
AirB&B etc wasn't around last time I visited, I presume that'd be your best bet for extended stays. Book a week somewhere, see how you go and then plan your next spot based on the swell charts.
If you're flying in internationally then yes Dublin, but if you're flying in from anywhere else in Europe Easy Jet fly to Knock. Puts you right in the middle of the West coast. Car Hire essential but cheap. There are B and B's everywhere and you'll get a much better taste of Ireland staying at them and the 100% of the money stays there rather than Airbnb skimming. September is a great time to go. Locals will be in 3mm suits post summer but if you're not used to the cold a 4/3 will do. Soooo many spots to find.
I was there in October last year for a few days, I didn't surf but it was really easy to get around and very friendly but really busy around the well known tourist areas. B&Bs are definitely the go and the pick up and drop off for the rent a car at Dublin airport was quick and easy. We flew in from Manchester and if you are doing any non-surfing travel in the UK they have a luggage store which is a little expensive but beats the hell out of coping with a surfboard in London!
However you choose to do it wbat you’ll love it I reckon. Such a beautiful place & wonderful people. Enjoy!
Hands up who's been to Ireland? No? Then scurry away.
And buddy you can fly into Belfast too. And head straight to Donegal. I also flew outta Derry once. Knock's a goer as well. Beware: Ryanair. The cheapest and the nastiest. Gobshites.