NORTH WEXFORD BEACHES

North Wexford Beaches

Wexford is well-known for its sun – and miles of sandy beaches!
In North Wexford, we’ve got everything – Blue Flag beaches, family-friendly beaches, place to walk with just the sound of the sea as company, cliff walks, Green Coast Award beaches.
Along the way, you will marvel at the seals and sea life, the unspoilt headlands, the calm corners tucked away along our coastline.
As part of Ireland’s Ancient East and Celtic Routes, we’re proud to introduce our fabulous beaches.
Leave only your footprints as you explore, enjoy, and embrace life the North Wexford way!

COURTOWN

Courtown has fond memories for so many visitors to Wexford over the years. With plenty of fun and amusements, this is a great day out for young and old for building sandcastles during the summer months. Courtown North Beach is popular with families swimming and making sandcastles during the day, it’s a peaceful spot for a walk as the sun sets.

Just below the pier in Courtown lies the shorter beach, known as Courtown South. This is where you go if you want to read your book away from the squeals of children! It’s not suitable for swimming, making it an ideal spot for a moment away from the madness.

By the way, Courtown is home to Seal Rescue Ireland. It’s dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick, injured and orphaned seals from across the coast of Ireland. It’s a fantastic place and the kids will love seeing the seals!

Nearest walk: Courtown Woods, ideal for picnics, bluebells, wild garlic
If it’s raining: Courtown Adventure & Leisure Centre, Pirates Cove, Kia Ora Mini Farm
Good to know: Lifeguard during summer months at Courtown North. Riverchapel-Courtown CFR.

Images courtesy of Tasmin O'Neill & Avril Hayes

North Wexford Beaches

 

BALLYMONEY

Ballymoney has been a firm favourite for generations of visitors to North Wexford.
As you drive in from the Sea Road, you’ll arrive at the south beach just next to the car park. This is an easier option for anyone with buggies. A smaller beach with shelter, it’s a lovely spot to chill out and dip your toes in the Irish Sea. With a shop in the car park open during the summer, you’re never too far from your next ice cream.

The busier North Beach is accessed via a well-used path across the rocks. A longer beach, it’s sandier than the South Beach and a lovely oasis from the busyness of the everyday. Visitors love the enclosed hideaway feeling and the only sound you’ll hear is happy children, chatting families, and birds overhead. Watch out for the occasional seal!

Nearest walk: Tara Hill, for fabulous views. Watch out for the Famine village.
If it’s raining: Courtown Adventure & Leisure Centre, Pirates Cove, Kia Ora Mini Farm
Good to know: Lifeguard during summer months at Courtown North. Riverchapel-Courtown CFR.
Nearest golf course: Ballymoney Golf Club
Nearest accommodation: Hotels in Ballymoney, Courtown, Gorey. Self-catering options locally too.

Images courtesy of Diane Glendinning & Patricia Turner

North Wexford Beaches

CLONES/CASTLETOWN BEACH

A favourite with anglers, Clones beach is just a hop and a skip from the village of Castletown. A two-mile stretch of sand and shingle, it’s got Kilmichael Point to the north and Ballymoney to the south.
A slightly quieter alternative to Courtown and Old Bawn to the south, Clones has stunning views of its own. It’s not as sandy as its counterparts, but has a charm all of its own, including the narrow winding roads you travel to get here. Well worth the effort!

Nearest walk: Kilpatrick Beach cliff walk to Kilmichael Point. Tara Hill, for fabulous views. Watch out for the Famine village.
If it’s raining: Wexford Lavender Farm,
Nearest golf course: Ballymoney Golf Club
Nearest accommodation: Hotels in Ballymoney, Courtown, Gorey. Caravan Parks locally too.

KILPATRICK BEACH

A favourite with anglers, Clones beach is just a hop and a skip from the village of Castletown. A two-mile stretch of sand and shingle, it’s got Kilmichael Point to the north and Ballymoney to the south.
A slightly quieter alternative to Courtown and Old Bawn to the south, Clones has stunning views of its own. It’s not as sandy as its counterparts, but has a charm all of its own, including the narrow winding roads you travel to get here. Well worth the effort!This is a hidden-away little gem, nicely sheltered, and a haven of quietness. You’ll find families and couples here, all enjoying the unspoilt beach and surrounds. The kids will enjoy looking for sea shells and the beach is renowned for its unusual sea stones and pebbles – hours of fun while you take in the rays!

Images courtesy of Deirdre O Flynn

Nearest walk: Kilpatrick Beach cliff walk to Kilmichael Point. There’s also a route slightly more inland through sand dunes. The coastguard station at Kilmichael Point dates from the late 19th century.
If it’s raining: Wexford Lavender Farm,
Nearest golf course: Ballymoney Golf Club
Nearest accommodation: Hotels in Ballymoney, Courtown, Gorey. Caravan Parks locally too.

KILMICHAEL POINT

When you arrive at Kilmichael Point, the first thing you’ll see is the impressive old Coastguard building on the right-hand side. With seven bays and two storeys, it dates from 1870-1880. Burnt down in 1922, it was restored in 1999.
With a small sandy beach to the north, it’s a popular spot for fishermen, who’ve been known to catch some flatfish, dogfish, and bass here. You might even catch your dinner!
Kilmichael Point lies at the very northern point of Wexford’s coast. The county’s long expanse of golden coastline stretches all the way to Raven Point south of Curracloe.
The big attraction in Kilmichael Point is the scenery – northwards to the Wicklow coastline and south to Kilpatrick beach. The unspoilt headland, the green fields, the undulating borough linking it to Kilpatrick beach, and the azure blue of the sea and sky on a sunny day make for a breathtaking vista.

Images courtesy of Deirdre O Flynn

Nearest walk: Kilmichael Point cliff walk to Kilpatrick Beach. It’s not for the faint-hearted and there’s also a route slightly more inland through sand dunes. You’ll pass the ruins of an old watchtower.
If it’s raining: Wexford Lavender Farm,
Nearest golf course: Ballymoney Golf Club
Nearest accommodation: Hotels in Ballymoney, Courtown, Gorey. Caravan Parks locally too.

RONEY POINT

Just 3km south of Courtown, Roney Point is a sheltered short beach, ideal for a quiet getaway from the bustling crowds. It’s more stony than other North Wexford beaches, but if you don’t mind that, and you have a book to read, you’re all set! Keep an eye out for a group of seals that live on the little island just off Roney Point.
Walking south, you’ll reach Donaghmore beach, so walkers will enjoy time spent here. A short distance from the beach is Donaghmore cemetery, with headstones dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. Donaghmore church is reputed to be one of the first founded by St Patrick. Definitely of interest to the culturally curious amongst you!

Nearest walk: You’re on it – from Roney Point to Donaghmore beach and back!
If it’s raining: Wells House & Gardens,  Courtown Adventure & Leisure Centre, Pirates Cove, Kia Ora Mini Farm
Good to know: Cahore Inshore Rescue Service or Riverchapel-Courtown CFRnearby
Nearest golf course: Courtown Golf Club
Nearest accommodation:Hotels in Courtown, Gorey, Kilmuckridge. Self-catering options locally too.

CAHORE SOUTH

The sandy beach of Cahore South has everything you would want from a day at the beach, a cliff walk from the pier in Cahore leads you to the golden sands of Cahore South. Spend the day at the beach with it’s calm waves and hopefully blue skies. Climb the nuns steps or take the easier route back to the new cliff walk overlooking the sea then enjoy a gastro pub lunch and plan to finish the day spending the evening crab fishing off the pier!  A popular spot with both locals and tourists and once you visit you will understand why!

Nearest walk: its right there!  A new cliff walk has recently opened so enjoy sea views as you walk!
If it’s raining: Wells House & Gardens,  Courtown Adventure & Leisure Centre, Pirates Cove
Good to know: Cahore Castle was at one stage a convent and the steps visible on the beach are called the Nuns steps where they came down to the sea to bath!
Nearest golf course: Ballymoney Golf Club
Nearest accommodation:Hotels in Ballymoney, Courtown, Gorey. Self-catering options locally too.

 

OLD BAWN

A gem of a beach, Old Bawn stretches from Cahore Point and eventually merges with Morriscastle Strand. You know what that means: miles of sandy beach, ideal for families and those who love walking by the sea.
Unspoiled and picturesque, it’s well sheltered by the sand dunes, which are home to a wide range of wildlife, wetlands, lagoons and grasslands. Ballygarrett is just a few kilometres away and The Strand Bar, Cahore, is even closer for that much-needed cuppa!

Images courtesy of Maria Bolger & Noeleen Keavey

Nearest walk: Cahore Cliff Walk, linking Old Bawn and Cahore Point
If it’s raining: Wells House & Gardens,  Courtown Adventure & Leisure Centre, Pirates Cove, Kia Ora Mini Farm
Good to know: Cahore Inshore Rescue Service
Nearest golf course: Blackwater Par 3 Golf Course
Nearest accommodation:Hotels in Courtown, Gorey, Kilmuckridge. Self-catering options locally too.

MORRISCASTLE

Morriscastle is a dream beach, with miles of natural sand dunes and soft sand. It’s an ideal beach for family swims or a romantic walk in the evenings. There’s plenty of room for family games, sandcastles, picnics – and if you walk on for a few miles, peace and quiet too!

Situated in a natural bay, it’s quite sheltered – on a sunny day, you could be in Spain! A popular spot for shore anglers and swimmers, Morriscastle has it all!

Images courtesy of Mark O'Donoghue, Elaine Murphy & Ger Brennan

Nearest walk: You’re at it! This is the longest unbroken stretch of beach in Europe and stretches for over 20 kilometres along the Wexford coast!
If it’s raining: Wells House & Gardens,
Good to know: Lifeguard during summer months
Nearest golf course: Wexford Golf Club
Nearest accommodation: