Wexford County (Irish: Contae Loch Garman), in Southeast Ireland, is the country's caravan and camping capital. The county is covered in caravans along the long sandy beaches that benefit from the warmer and sunnier climate than in the north and west of Ireland.
Towns and VillagesEdit
- 1 Wexford (Loch Garman) – the county town, originally a Viking town
- 2 Blackwater (An Abhainn Dubh, "the black river") – village
- 3 Carnsore Point (Carn tSóir or Ceann an Chairn) – located at the very south east corner of Ireland
- 4 Courtown (Baile na Cúirte, "homestead of the court") – a seaside town near Gorey with many caravan parks in and around it
- 5 Enniscorthy (Inis Córthaidh) – has the Strawberry Fair every July and historic site of 1798 rebellion
- 6 Fethard-on-Sea (Fiodh Ard, "high wood") – located along the south coast.
- 7 Gorey (Guaire) – on the main Dublin–Wexford road
- 8 Kilmore Quay (Cé na Cille Móire, "Quay of the big church") – fishing village on the south coast
- 9 Kilmuckridge (Cill Mhucraise) – village
- 10 New Ross (Ros Mhic Thriúin)
- 11 Rosslare (Ros Láir, "the middle peninsula") – seaside resort and nearby ferry port, just outside Wexford
The longest continuous beach in Ireland runs for 27 km from Kilmuckridge, a few miles south of Cahore Point, southwards to Raven Point, on the northern side of the shallow bay of Wexford Harbour.
The county is characterised by a few rolling hills, with Tara Hill (272m) in the north, while the west of the county bordering County Carlow lines the Blackstairs Mountains, where the highest peak Mount Leinster reaches 793m (2,605ft). The south is generally flat, but once you round the south east corner of Ireland at Carnsore Point, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean, there is a noticeable difference in the sea as it generally appears bluer and is considerably deeper.
Also of notable interest are the Saltee Islands off the south coast, which are an important bird sanctuary.
N11 Road from Dublin
Waterford – New Ross road
- Dublin – Rosslare railway
- Rosslare Ferryport – ferries to UK and France
There is a regular Bus Eireann service to all the main towns.
There is an Irish Rail service several times daily from Dublin to Gorey, to Wexford Town, to Rosslare.
- John F. Kennedy Park, 11 km south of New Ross. 250 hectare park in size to the memory of U.S. president John F. Kennedy. It contains an Arboretum of international standing.
- 1 Irish National Heritage Park, Ferrycarrig. Has a reconstruction of a stone age settlement.
- 2 Johnstown Castle, near Wexford. In the grounds of the Irish Agricultural Museum.
- Wexford County Museum, Castle Hill, Enniscorthy.
- Guillemot Maritime Museum, Kilmore Quay, South Co. Wexford. Housed on board the lightship Guillemot.
- 3 Hook Head and Lighthouse. A good area for sea-bird watching, on the eastern side of the entrance to Waterford harbour at the very south west tip of the county.
- Ballyhack Castle further upriver is a 15th C tower house built by the Knights Hospitaller of St John. Open mid-May-Sept Sa-W.
- 4 Tintern Abbey. A Cistercian abbey near Saltmills, on Bannow Bay in the south west part of the county.