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Things to do in and around County Wexford

AnglingBeach ActivitiesEco-TourismGolfingHealth and Beauty TourismHorse Riding and EquestrianLearning EnglishLeasure and Adventure ActivitiesPleasure CruisingWalking and CyclingWater Sports

Angling

A 200 km (124 miles) long coastline, countless rivers and tributaries, beautifully appointed fishing lakes, an abundance of fish and countless possibilities make for ideal conditions for anglers. It's just a case of choosing a spot to sling your hook!

Sea Angling

Sea angling is an exciting sport for both the beginner and the experienced angler. Numerous wrecks off the east and southwest Wexford coastline also add variety to this sport. Boat fishing competitions in recent years have seen up to 30 species coming to the scales; Conger, Ling, Pollock and Cod are some of the more common species caught. All the charter boats listed are fully insured and registered. Most have tackle for hire and welcome children and newcomers to the sport. Pleasure and sightseeing charters are also popular, with dolphins, seals and rare bird species to be observed.

Shore Angling

A wide range of beaches and rocky headlands present the shore angler with a variety of challenges. Information boards giving details of main locations, species available, bait availability, etc. have been erected at the following locations by the Eastern and Southern Regional Fisheries Boards. There are also 41 brown directional signs strategically placed throughout the County.

Coarse and Game Angling

The River Slaney is available to the public for game fishing from the old bridge in Enniscorthy downstream. It holds good stocks of salmon and some sea trout; it is predominately a spring river. Short-term permits may be available for other beats. Small stocks of brown trout are available in some of the River's tributaries. The River Barrow at St. Mullins holds stocks of salmon, trout, bream, hybrids and dace. A four-acre lake outside of New Ross town provides an excellent facility for up to 60 rods fishing simultaneously. Ordinance Survey maps will also show numerous small ponds and lakes.

Beach Activities

The description "Sunny South East" has been associated with County Wexford for many years and is due to the fact that Wexford consistently enjoys more hours of sunshine per year than any other part of the country. Recorded rainfall is lower than the national average, while the daily temperature is higher than the norm in Ireland. County Wexford boasts 200 km (124 miles) of coastline on two seas, with miles and miles of unspoilt golden strand and secluded coves. The many beaches, dunes and rocky headlands accommodate many different species of flora and fauna. Wexford boasts a coastline of about 200 km (124 miles) on two seas, with miles and miles of unspoilt golden strand and secluded coves. Four of the county's beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag, attesting the purity of the water. These include North Beach of Courtown, Curracloe, Duncannon and Rosslare Strand. Also Kilmore Quay has been awarded a Blue Flag status.

Both Blue and Green Flag beaches in Wexford are routinely tested and maintained for your safety and enjoyment. However, please help these initiatives by bringing your litter home and also by observing the "Life Guard on Duty" signs when bathing, and only bath within the area covered by the lifeguard.

Golfing

Take the Wexford golfing challenge! The wonderful natural terrain around the Wexford coastline provides superb link land. All the listed courses are open during daylight hours and require neat, casual dress. Advance booking is recommended. Club hire is available and individual tuition can be arranged on request. Many accommodation providers organise special golfing packages. The listed courses provide full clubhouse/catering facilities and open licensing hours.

Eco-Tourism

Wexford is delighted to share the many ecological features of the county with you. Wexford has inherited a landscape as rich and diverse as possible. Flat lowlands characterise the South, with rugged granite foothills to be found up north of the county. The numerous beaches, dunes and rocky headlands accommodate many species of flora and fauna.

The grasslands and mudflats of the Wexford Slobs and Harbour are one of the most important ornithological sites in Ireland. In winter a third of the world's population of the Greenland White Fronted Goose feed here. The adjoining 589 ha Raven Nature Reserve also has notable collections of flora and fauna, which have disappeared elsewhere. Our Lady's Island, Tacumshane Lake, Ballyteigue Burrow, Carnsore Point, Bannow Bay and the Hook have all been designated special ecological importance both nationally and internationally.

Moving off shore, the cliffs of the Saltee Islands shelter over 50,000 seabirds during the summer months, including some rare breeds; herring gulls, guillemots, razor bills, puffins and cormorants. Trips around the island are available to visitors, departing from Kilmore Quay daily.

Many geological features of the Wexford coastline are now designated areas of international landscape importance. Our rocks are among some of the oldest in Europe. The Hook peninsula is one such example, home to early fossils of sea lilies in limestone rock, this site has attracted wide scale interest and research teams to the area. The south Wexford coast is the finest example of a barrier coastline in Ireland. Composed of coarse sediments (small stones, gravel and grit) and topped with finer sands. The wind plays with this mixture to create mounds, hills and ridges forming the dune system.

The plankton rich waters around this part of Ireland have produced regular sightings of harbour porpoise, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, risso's dolphins as well as minke whales. Common and grey seals are to be found a short boat trip away on the Conningbeg and Brandie rocks.

Health and Beauty Tourism

Horse Riding and Equestrian Sports

With horse riding being such a popular leisure activity for people in County Wexford, it is no wonder that there is such a selection of excellent equestrian centres to choose from. As well as leisure riding and beach treks, visitors can avail of quality-approved instruction for riders of all standards, along with cross-country, show jumping, dressage and polocrosse. Further enquiries on hourly rates, accommodation, and restaurant facilities, can be directed to the individual stables. All stables listed are AIRE / Bord Failte approved.

Learning English

County Wexford is the perfect place to improve your language skills, while also taking part in your favourite activity. In Wexford, you can improve your English, while enjoying a wide range of sports; golf, horse riding, diving or snorkelling are just some of the activities that can be arranged for you.

Leasure and Adventure Activities

Miles of coastline and varied terrain offer plenty of opportunity for those looking for activity. Hill walking, coastal walks, mountain biking and hang gliding are all catered for. Both Gaelic Football and Hurling are popular in Wexford, and matches are held most weekends in local villages and towns. Indoor and outdoor facilities with activities to suit all the family include:

Pleasure Cruising

Walking and Cycling

Wexford offers many exciting and varied routes for walkers and cyclists to discover. Meandering and undulating routes link towns, villages, historical sites, country pubs and accommodation, coastal paths and hill climbs. Stretching over 200km/125 miles, coastal walks are plentiful in Wexford. They can include shore walks or tracks along our reclaimed slob-lands. The beaches are sand and shingle based, the cliffs are formed from clay deposits and rocky outcrops. Discovery maps 62, 69, 76, 77 and 82 outline the region.

For the more up-hill enthusiast, Mount Leinster and the Black Stairs are an enjoyable day's hiking or biking. Starting from Kildavin near Bunclody, forest tracks offer easy access. Mount Leinster is the highest point and is a favourite spot for hang-gliders when conditions prevail. Discovery maps 68, 75 and 76 are useful for this area.

The South East Coastal Drive is a new sign posted route stretching from Wexford Town through Kilmore Quay, Carrig-an-Bannow, Fethard, Hook and Ballyhack ending at Ardmore in County Waterford. The Sl' Charman (Wexford Coastal Path) covers the east and south coastline of the county from Kilmicheal Point above Gorey down to Ballyhack.

Forests Trails

Walking

Water Sports

Watersports activity centres offering canoeing and windsurfing are available, while sailing enthusiasts are catered for by the Blue Flag Marina at Kilmore Quay and Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. The Boat Club has junior and adult sailing classes in the summer.

Within the Kilmore Quay and Hook areas there are some of the most spectacular and varied diving in Ireland. With excellent visibility the diver can explore wrecks from 6 to 60 meters, study marine life on Coningbeg Rocks and the Brandies or watch seals, dolphins and diving birds around the Saltee Islands. Shore diving around Hook Peninsula, which is a favourite among Irish divers, boasts wrecks and deep open gullies full of marine life. Centres are available in Kilmore Quay, Hook, and Wexford Town, contact the Tourist Office for exact details.

Wexford Holiday Homes :: Things to do