The Ring of Hook is a stunning drive which takes in much of the most beautiful coastline of West County Wexford. On the Drive you can see Castles, Forts, Abbeys, beaches, sea cliffs and stop off in one of the many visitor centres in Dunbrody, Duncannon or Hook Lighthouse. There are also several pubs and restaurants for the thirsty or hungry traveller. Dunbrody Abbey is a delightfully situated next to the road with a charming coffee and craft shop located opposite. There is a market of locally produced goods on every other Sunday. Vegtables, cheeses, cakes and smoked fish are among the fare that is sold.
Arthurstown and Ballyhack are the next villages on the itinerary. A ferry at the fishing village of Ballyhack will take you to Passage East on the Waterford side of the Harbour in 7 minutes (worth a trip to drive on to the pretty fishing village of Dunmore East in County Waterford)
Driving on from Duncannon, the next village is Templetown. Rather than turning off for the village, stop at the Templar Inn and try the chowder and fresh salmon sandwiches, washed down with a pint of Guinness (not for the driver!).
The ruined church opposite the Inn used to be the seat of the Knights Templar in Ireland. They were given lands in County Wexford for their part in the Crusades.
Continuing on the ring, you enter the wind swept and flat Hook peninsula. Loftus Hall on the right is an old convent said to be haunted (it certainly looks it!).
Nothing can prepare you for the stunning seascape at the Hook, but take care! The rocks are slippy and the waves can be monumental.
The recently completed visitor centre features Crafts, coffee shop and interpretive centre
The cliff top walk to Slade is worth the detour
Driving back the Hook Peninsula, continue on towards Fethard. Stop at Baginbun Head To view the Norman fortifications and the charming Petit's bay.
Fethard is a busy holiday village in Summer, but you
can still be lucky mid-week and walk alone on the Beautiful Grange beach.
Finally return to New Ross on the R734.
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Gallery of photographs of South East Ireland
Angling on the Wexford Coastline and deep sea fishing off Hook Head
More information on antiquities in the area
Onward to the South Wexford coast.
Further to the East Wexford coast.
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