Starting in the south west of County Wexford at Duncannon Beach and moving on to: Booley Bay, Dollar Bay, The Hook Peninsula, Cullenston Strand, Kilmore Quay, Rosslare Strand, Morriscastle Strand, Curracloe Beach, visitors can choose a different beach for each day of their holiday!
Duncannon beach – (20 minute drive) is suitable for families and has access onto the beach for cars. Many festival and events take place throughout the year in Duncannon. The annual international Sand Sculpting Festival takes place during the August Bank Holiday weekend and provides lots of entertainment for all age groups with beach parties, fireworks and face painting. Water sports such as boarding, sailing, sea-canoeing, dingy sailing, snorkelling and other outdoor activities are very popular in this region. The Strand Tavern and Roches Pub on the beachside serve the best of food during day/evening.
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Booley Bay & Dollar Bay - lovely sandy coves near to Duncannon Beach . Safe for bathing, children can search for crabs and small fish in the rock pools. Surf boarding is a very popular sport here. On shore fishing. Spectacular views out to sea.
Cullenstown Beach - 5 minutes drive from the village of Carrick on Bannow (Normans landed in Bannow Bay in 1169) - is a long stretch of sandy beach, it can be stoney at times from stormy weathers; Walkers can enjoy walking across the sand, climbing rocks and when the tide is 'out' it is possible to walk directly from Cullenstown Beach to Blackhall Beach and back again! Sitting on the cliff top in Cullenstown visitors enjoy the views to Baginbun Head on one side and Kilmore Quay to the other side. Looking out to sea are the Saltee Islands and the Keeragh Islands. There is a handball alley which provides a wonderful play area for soccer, tennis, handball or to just run around and have fun. Picnics and barbecues are very popular in Cullenstown. Sitting on a rock listening to the crashing waves in Cullenstown is one of the best places on earth to relax and to take a 'time out'.
Kilmore Quay: To the east of Cullenstown Beach is the pretty traditional fishing village of Kilmore Quay with its beautiful thatched cottages and a municipal marina allowing easy access to the Saltee Islands. The Saltee islands are of international botanical and ornithological importance and are accessible daily by boat from Kilmore Quay - awared Blue Flag Status. Kilmore Quay has pubs & restaurants providing food throughout the day, the local 'Chipper' is a must visit if in the area; the fish is cooked fresh from the day's catch and is just delicious and servings are more than generous too. There is a lovely children's play ground overlooking the sea where adults can sit, enjoy the sun and good food from the 'takeway' while children can play and have fun.
Rosslare Strand (Kelly’s Hotel Fame) - mediteranian like conditions prevail in Rosslare - a beautiful long sandy beach - sand is really soft underfoot - a 30 minute drive from Mill Farm Cottages and 12km south east of Wexford town on the southern edge of Wexford Harbour. The main beach can be accessed by various walkways and its main access point is from the main car park. The beach is lifeguarded during the bathing season (lifeguard times are posted on the information notice board at the beach). Lessons on surf boarding are available daily.
With excellent restaurants and fast food outlets, shops, supermarkets, boutiques - a trip to Rosslare is recommended for a memorable day out.
Curracloe - Curracloe Beach is probably the finest beach in Ireland. This beach is part of a continuous stretch of wide sandy beach from Raven Point to Ballyconigar. It is located approximately 10km north east of Wexford town in a rural area. With eight miles of golden sand and safe bathing you can be sure to find a spot to your liking. This beach is lifeguarded during the bathing season (lifeguard patrol times are displayed on the information notice board at the beach). Also famous as a film locating for the filming of ‘Saving Private Ryan’
Courtown Beach - Travelling further north up the Wexford Coastline from Mill Farm Cottages is Courtown beach. It is located approximately 6km south east of Gorey Town; A fine sandy beach featuring dunes and woodland. The village of Courtown is located around a harbour and canal system. This beach is lifeguarded during the bathing season (lifeguard times are posted on the information notice board at the beach)
Courtown Harbour has an abundance of activities to offer visitors. There are amusement parks, arcades, ten pin bowling, adventure golf and much more; as well as Forest Park Leisure Centre with its fantastic waterslide.
North Wexford is also in close proximity to County Wicklow which makes for a great day out where you can visit Wicklow’s historic Gaol, Avondale, Avoca (also known as Ballykissangel) and Glendalough.