The South Wexford Coastline

The South Wexford Coastline runs from Hook Head in the West to Rosslare in the East. It features headlands, beaches, estuaries, and antiquities. Just 8km off the coast South of Kilmore Quay is the spectacular sea bird sanctuary at Saltee Islands.

The Hook Peninsula is the South East tip of County Wexford. The lighthouse is said to be the oldest on the British Isles. There is a cafe and interpretive centre at the lighthouse and interesting walks to view the cliffs and crashing waves. Seals are frequent visitors to the coastline here.

stormy light over Hook Head
Grange beach at Fethard-on-Sea

Westwards around the coast from the Hook, past Baginbun Head (site of the Battle of Baginbun (1170 AD)when the Normans first landed in Ireland), Lies Fethard-on-Sea, Featuring the beautiful beach at Grange

Leaving Fethard and onwards to Saltmills, a tiny village at the mouth of the estuary leading up toward Tintern Abbey.

Saltmills

Tintern Abbey

The Cistercian Abbey at Tintern is set in beautiful parkland with walks in the grounds, through woodland. The Abbey itself has been partially restored and makes an interesting visit. There is a cafe in the courtyard of the Abbey. 

From Tintern, passing through Wellingtonbridge you skirt round Bannow Bay, which is great for spotting wading birds, watch out especially for egrets.

Eventually arrive at Cullenstown. The beach here is stoney and waves crash in and draw out with a strong undertow, A curiosity here is Shell Cottage, completely and beautifully decorated with seashells including an image of Tuskar lighthouse, which lies offshore.

Cullenstown Beach

Gannet ballet

From Cullenstown, a short hop will take you to Kilmore Quay, a beautiful fishing village featuring thatched roofed houses in the local style. From the harbour daily at 11.00am it is possible (weather permitting) to take a small ferryboat to the Saltee Islands. The Saltees are well worth a visit in May, carpeted in bluebells and massed with breeding seabirds including two significant gannet colonies, one at each end of the island.

Clickable map of villages and coastal areas featured

clicking will divert you to a page describing the featured village or area.

Graiguenamanagh page East Wexford and Wexford Town page East Wexford coastline South Wexford coastline Inistoge page The Rower page The village of St. Mullins page Hook Head and the Ring of Hook Hook Head and the Ring of Hook Thomastown page Bennettsbridge page Kilkenny City page Duncannon page

Gallery of photographs of South East Ireland

More photographs of Tintern and Saltmills

More photographs of seabirds on the Saltee Islands

More photographs of wading birds on Bannow Bay

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