Tuesday 17 September 2019

'Lucky to ride and grateful to survive'

The inclusion of Mullaghmore as one of the world's top adventure sites confirms its standing among surfing's elite

Kohl Christensen, Mullaghmore 22nd January 2013
Kohl Christensen, Mullaghmore 22nd January 2013

Paul deering

Surfing in Mullaghmore has been listed as one of the world's top adventures.

A new Lonely Planet travel guide praises the North Sligo headland for its "roaring reefs".

Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Adventures says Mullaghmore is one of the 'Best Spots to Catch a Big Wave'.

It says storm patterns kick up Atlantic swells in late winter and early spring in Mullaghmore.

Surfers are "lucky to ride and grateful to survive" is the ringing endorsement in the guide.

It goes on to say: "High winds, choppy surfaces and blinding rain can present obstacles, but the heavy, long tubes make up for conditions."

The Lonely Planet 1,000 Ultimate Adventures presents destinations which it says are perfect for thrill-seekers.

Mullaghmore is amongst just a small number of Irish adventures mentioned in the book.

Walking across the country is deemed to be one of the best coast-to-coast missions.

Croagh Patrick is rated as an ultimate pilgrimage and Castle Leslie Estate is top 10 for horseriding enthusiasts.

Mullaghmore is quickly earning a reputation worldwide for surfing.

Groups of surfers from around the world rode waves up to 15 metres high last year.

Lonely Planet says its new guide aims to inspire all types of travellers to explore the world, whether on foot, by bike, motor vehicle, or horse.

Its collection of 1000 ideas, places and activities wants to inspire adventure.

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