The town of Wexford sits on the “ancient east coast”, which is one of the sunniest parts of Ireland. People flock here to enjoy its abundant natural beauty and to become immersed in its historical medieval charm. One of the biggest attractions of Wexford is its magnificent coastline. And here at Relax Ireland, we want you to get the most from your holiday. So we’re going to tell you the best way to discover Wexford’s coast.
If you want to discover Wexford’s coast, a visit to Curracloe beach should be at the top of your list. This 11 kilometres long, pristine sandy beach is just a 15-minute drive from Wexford town. It’s one of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in the whole of Ireland due to its blue flag status. It was also one of the stars of the movie ‘Saving Private Ryan’ whose producers chose Curracloe Beach for their recreation of the D-Day landings in the film.
There are three main entrances to the beach, Ballinsker, Culleton’s Gap and White Gap, which is the main entrance. Here you’ll find toilet facilities, as well as lifeguards patrolling the beach in peak season. And if water sports are your thing, at Curracloe, there’s a huge range of activities on offer such as windsurfing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding.
And it’s not just the beach that makes Curracloe special. The surrounding area is made up of a network of ancient sand dunes that make up part of the Raven Nature Reserve. In the spring and summer, these dunes are awash with spectacular wildflowers. And the best way to enjoy them is by taking a stroll along the 5 kilometre Raven Nature Trail.
Hook Lighthouse in Co Wexford was shortlisted for the prestigious British Guild of Travel Writers world tourism awards in 2018. So if you really want to discover Wexford’s coast, a visit to it is a must. Hook lighthouse has gallantly protected boats from the jagged tip of the Hook Peninsula for 800 years, making it the oldest operating lighthouse in the whole world, and the 4th oldest lighthouse in existence overall.
William Marshal of the Knights Templar built Hook Lighthouse in the 5th century, and the deep surrounding waters are often frequented by Humpback and Fin Whales. You can book a guided tour to discover the interesting history of Hook Lighthouse., and you can climb the 115, well-worn stairs to the top of the tower to enjoy the spectacular, panoramic sea views.
Seal Rescue Ireland
Seal Rescue Ireland is a registered charity that protects sick, injured and orphaned seals from all over the coast of Ireland, and their headquarters are based in Wexford.
To discover Wexford’s coast and its special marine wildlife, we recommend taking a trip to the Seal Rescue Ireland visitors centre in Courtown. Here, you can see the team in action, adopt a seal, or buy adorable gifts from their shop. With all proceeds going back to the charity.
Or for a more hands-on visit, you can book a “Seal Feed and Enrichment Experience”. Where you can help to feed the seals and take part in interactive activities that enrich the seals’ environment. And because its so popular, you need to book the experience two weeks in advance.
The small fishing village of Kilmore Quay has lots to offer when it comes to exploring the sea. From here, you can go scuba diving in the deep waters, snorkelling in the shallows or book a sea fishing trip for the day.
As well as this, you can take a boat to the Saltee Islands which lie 5 kilometres from the coast. These islands are a natural reserve and are awash with sea birds including wild puffins and gannets. They’re also home to a group of breeding grey seals. Day trips to the islands can be booked locally.
From Wexford Harbour, you can set sail on a full-day boat trip with the South Wexford Coastal Tour. On this 9-hour trip, you’ll make stops at key points along the coast, including Hook Lighthouse. So it’s the ultimate way to discover Wexford’s coast.
For those who prefer to keep their feet on dry land, a stroll along the marina in Wexford Harbour is the perfect way to relax and unwind. Enjoy the views across the harbour from Raven Wood all the way to the Burrow at Rosslare, and maybe even treat yourself to an ice cream or a bag of chips from one of the food kiosks on the marina.
Your Stay in Wexford
The good news is that you can discover Wexford’s coast at any time of year. Here at Relax Ireland, we have a huge range of staycation holiday rentals in County Wexford, available both in the countryside and close to the sea.
Get in touch with us today and we’ll help you to create your dream holiday in the wonderful county Wexford.