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Surfing spot hailed best in world by travel bible

Ed Carty

Published 17/09/2013 | 05:00

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Pilgrimage: Croagh Patrick

A HEADLAND on the west coast of Ireland has been named by a travel bible as one of the best surfing spots in the world.

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Mullaghmore Head in Co Sligo has been listed by the 'Lonely Planet' in a new book of top tens for adventurers, while walking across the country is also said to be one of the best coast-to-coast missions.

The two holiday ideas are among four locations named by the guide book – which also said climbing Croagh Patrick is an ultimate pilgrimage and the Castle Leslie Estate, a top 10 for horseriding enthusiasts.

Mullaghmore was the spot where groups of surfers from around the world rode waves up to 15 metres high last year.

'Lonely Planet' listed it as one of the 'Best Spots to Catch a Big Wave' and described it as a roaring reef break where storm patterns kick up Atlantic swells in late winter and early spring. Surfers are "lucky to ride and grateful to survive".

"High winds, choppy surfaces and blinding rain can present obstacles, but the heavy, long tubes make up for conditions," the book said.

The 'Lonely Planet 1,000 Ultimate Adventures' presents 100 top 10 lists of adventure activities and destinations which it says are perfect for thrill-seekers.

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