GPS Coordinates
53°07’02.9, -9°17’10.0

Aloha Surf School runs surfing lessons in the heart of the Burren in Fanore, Co. Clare. The surf school is located down at Fanore Beach and is only 1 hour from Galway City and an hour and a half or so from Limerick, on the coast road between Ballyvaughan and Doolin. We are right in the heart of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark. For anyone that is coming to stay and wants to surf in the Doolin area, Fanore offers the closest surfing beach.

Fanore is aptly named. Fan Oir, meaning the golden slope in Irish, with its sprawling sand dunes covering the limestone pavements down to the sea.
Because of its relative remoteness from heavily populated centres, it does not enjoy the fame attached to less attractive, but better known places for surfing such as Lahinch, Bundoran or Strandhill. All the better for those who go there. Space, solitude and uncrowded waves make Fanore Beach the ideal location for learning to surf.

The area is also home to some of the best diving, fishing, hiking and rock climbing in Ireland.

They run their Stand Up Paddleboarding further in along into the more sheltered waters of Galway Bay in and around Ballyvaughan and Kinvarra

How To get here:

IF you want to ensure your holiday is as green as possible and reduce your carbon footprint, you can try and arrive in Ireland without flying.

Another good website for train travel to anywhere in the world is seat61.com.

Once here in Ireland, there are a number of options available to you to get west. You can get train times from Dublin to Galway here. To get the bus from Dublin to Galway try www.citylink.ie.

To get to Fanore from Galway, Bus Eireann run up to 6 buses per day. So it’s easy to get the bus out to us, surf for a few hours and catch the evening bus back to Galway in the afternoon.

Here’s the link to the Bus Eireann website where you can get times of the 350 bus which services Fanore. This bus can also bring you out to the Cliffs of Moher. To get to us from Ennis, Doolin, Lisdoonvarna or The Cliffs of Moher, the same bus as above (Number 350) will get you out to us.

The number 423 Galway/Doolin and number 50 Galway/Tralee bus services Ballyvaughan.

Drive times:

Dublin to Fanore:
approx 3 hours
Galway to Fanore:
approx 1 hour
Shannon to Fanore:
approx 1 hour 10 mins

Getting around The Burren:

Electric Car charging points in the Burren:

It is advisable to ring in advance to check the point is working

Ballyvaughan – Gregans Castle Hotel +353 65 7077005 – GPS: N 53 04.608, W 9 11.057
Doolin – Doolin Caravan and Camping Park +353 65 7074458 – GPS: N 53 00.974,  W 9 24.093
Doolin – Hotel Doolin +353 65 7074111 – GPS: N 53 00.980, W 9 22.591
Doolin – Seaview House +353 87 2679617 – GPS: N 53 00.736, W 9 23.090
Doolin – Stonecutters Kitchen, Cliffs of Moher Road +353 87 283 7118 – GPS: N 52 59.552, W 9 24.144
Kilfenora – Boghill Centre +353 65 7074644 – GPS: N 53 00.962, W 9 15.163
Kilshanny – Kilshanny House +353 65 7071660  – GPS: N 52 58.909, W 9 17.895
Lahinch – Car Park off Miltown Malby Road – GPS: N 52 55.772, W 9 20.778
Lisdoonvarna – Hydro Hotel +353 65 707 4005 – GPS: N 53 01.600, W 9 17.424

The Burren National Park Bus:

This is a FREE bus service from Corrofin to the Trail heads of each walk in the Burren National Park.
The bus runs daily from May to August. Please contact +353 1 8882000 for more information on the availability of the bus.

Cycle Hire:

Burren Fine Wine and Foods, Ballyvaughan
John +353 86 3412 875 or Cathleen +353 87 7633 241 ~ info@burrenwine.ie ~ www.burrenwine.ie

E-whizz – Electric Bike Hire
+353 87 6277000 ~ info@e-whizz.com ~ www.e-whizz.com

Ferries to and from the Aran Islands:

Doolin2Aran Ferries
+353 65 707 5949 ~ info@doolin2aranferries.ie

Doolin Ferries
+353 65 707 4455 ~ info@doolinferries.com

Doolin Ferry Co
+353 65 707 5555 ~ book@doolinferry.com

O Brien Line
+353 65 707 5555 ~ info@obrienline.com