Kitesurfing in Northern Ireland

Despite actually being joined to the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland is officially a province of the United Kingdom. It’s a beautiful part of the world with some stunning coastline, and epic kitesurfing beaches. From a coastal perspective, we start at Londonderry, and head clockwise all the way around the coast to Warrenpoint.

Climate

Northern Ireland’s climate is heavily influenced by its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. It has relatively mild winters and cool summers. The indented shape of the coastline and the differences in altitude introduce localised differences in temperature, cloud and precipitation.

Wind Conditions

Northern Ireland is one of the windier regions of the UK. The windiest areas are those on higher ground in the 2 most eastern counties of Antrim and Down. All good news for kitesurfers!

Our Favourite Kitesurfing Spots in Northern Ireland

We’ve yet to make the trip over, but Warren from Wave and Wake has been kind enough to provide us with guides for 3 of his favourite beaches.

Our full list of guides for the Northern Ireland is below (or you can use the map at the top of the page):

Cloughey Beach, Northern Ireland

Cloughey Beach, Northern Ireland

Cloughey is a little seaside village situated on the east coast of the Ards Peninsula in County Down. It features a huge Clean Coast Award winning SSE facing beach. The venue has anything from butter flat to small / medium kickers. Excellent for all abilities.
Tyrella Beach, Northern Ireland

Tyrella Beach, Northern Ireland

A multi-award winning beach, Tyrella Beach is a popular kitesurfing spot and features small kickers to medium sized waves.

Portstewart Strand, Northern Ireland

Portstewart Strand, Northern Ireland

Portstewart Strand is a traditional surfing town on the North Coast of Northern Ireland. It features a large 7km beach with sand dunes. It takes a west wind (side shore) perfectly, and can be anything from medium to above overhead waves. Great spot, highly recommend!