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Golden beaches and great adventures – get outdoors in Wexford
Enjoy time by the water on your outdoor adventures in Wexford.
Wexford is home to some of the best beaches in the country but the Model County is known for more than its brilliant beaches. Filled with incredible outdoor activities fit for all kinds of adventures, speed through muddy terrain on a quad bike, kayak across clear waters and take a scenic walk through beautiful lavender fields.

Experience epic outdoor adventures with a visit to Wexford.

Outdoor activities in Wexford

Stunning scenes at Wexford Lavender Farm

Take in the scents at Wexford Lavender Farm, just 10 minutes from Gorey in north Wexford. Stroll through 2 acres of fragrant lavender, take a forest walk and pick up some plants to take home. The little ones love a trip on the farm’s quad barrel train, he’s named Billy the Bull and is a hit with both big and little kids.

Two little girls looking out in front of a doorway at Wexford Lavender Farm

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Pick your own lavender at Wexford Lavender Farm.

Great golf in Wexford

Book a round of golf at the stunning championship Bunclody Golf Course on the beautiful banks of the River Slaney. The 18th hole leads you through picturesque woods to the impressive club house, with its thatched roof and inviting sauna to relax and unwind in. The scenic setting is the perfect place to chill out after a day of outdoor adventures.

Bunkers and lakes at Bunclody Golf Club in Wexford on a sunny day

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Play a round of golf in gorgeous Bunclody.

Family fun on the farm

Plan a family day out starting with a trip to Secret Valley Wildlife Park, let the little ones explore its 14 acres of fun. Bottle feed the kid goats and baby lambs, meet Snowball the pony and stop for a chat with the adorable alpacas. After all the animal adventures, have fun in the indoor and outdoor areas, or try a round of crazy golf. 

Animal lovers should know that Blackwater Open Farm is just a 30-minute drive away. Make friends on the farmyard, climb the space net climbing frame and zoom across the zipline as the kids jump at the chance to try ‘driving’ the tractor.

Quad bike adventures

Spread over 80 acres under the scenic backdrop of the Blackstairs Mountains, visit Quadventure in Clonroache for a thrilling quadbike experience. Whether you’re up for an epic cross-country adventure or simply want to try it out, Quadventure is great craic for all the family. 

Kids from six years and up can join in or get a group together and race each other against the clock. After, test your skills on the rodeo bull, beat the bungee, or work up a sweat and wrestle your opponent in a sumo suit.

People quadbiking with Quadventure in Co Wexford
Get your adrenaline pumping with Quadventure.

Sailing at Wexford Harbour

Whether you’re new to sailing or a seasoned mariner, Wexford Harbour Boat Club has adventures and activities to suit all ages and abilities. Training at this vibrant sailing club is approved by the Irish Sailing Association, so, pick up some new skills and experience Wexford’s clear waters.

Four boats on still water at Wexford Harbour, County Wexford at sunset.

Photo credit: @danmccormack

Get out on the water at Wexford Harbour.

Boat trip to the Saltee Islands

Visit the quaint village of Kilmore Quay and book in for a boat trip to the Saltee Islands. It’s a guaranteed great family day out, starting with a fun ferry trip. Look out for friendly seals and colourful puffins and visit the largest bird sanctuary in Ireland on Great Saltee, the larger of the two islands.

Puffins on Saltee Island in Co Wexford
Visit the puffins on the Saltee Islands.

Kayaking at Hook Head 

There’s no better way to take in the beauty of Hook Peninsula than from the sea, as you explore secret caves and hidden beaches. In the coastal village of Fethard-On-Sea, go sea cave kayaking, coasteering or stand-up paddle boarding with The Irish Experience

You’ll experience amazing outdoor activities to invigorate your mind and body. Get a group of family and friends together and prepare for a fun day out, pre-book to avoid disappointment.

The best beaches in Wexford

With golden strands and sparkling waters, the beaches in the Model County are on another level entirely. Here are some of the best beaches in Wexford.

Morriscastle Beach

With its secluded coves and beautiful bay, Morriscastle Beach near the picturesque village of Kilmuckridge is a special place for a staycation. It's said to be one of the longest beaches in Europe and the vast golden strand and glimmering waves take your breath away. Book into the Morriscastle Strand Holiday Park, the cosy pods are perfect for family holidays. Start every morning of your holiday with a scenic stroll and a visit to the coffee dock, you won't want to leave.

A person walking down Morriscastle Beach, County Wexford at sunset.

Photo credit: @lucybellotti_

Walk along the gorgeous Morriscastle Beach.

Carne Beach

On the south east corner of County Wexford, Carne Beach is a beautiful Blue Flag stretch of sand, complete with impressive dunes and Carne Pier jutting out to the Irish Sea.

A wooden pathway leading to the shore at Carne Beach, Wexford

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Explore the sand dunes at Carne Beach.

Curracloe Beach

Reaching from Raven Point to Ballyconigar near Blackwater, Curracloe Beach is one of Ireland's best beaches. This stunning coastline is famous for its hilly dunes where the opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan were filmed.

If you want a peaceful stroll, enter via the Raven Nature Reserve, an insider tip to keep in mind if you want to avoid the busy end of the beach. The reserve is a protected area because of its vibrant flora and invertebrate fauna, including species that have disappeared elsewhere in the country. 

It's a brilliant spot for surfing too, sign up for lessons at The Surf Shack. Public lessons run every day, or book a private group or family lesson. Mastering the swells at this spectacular beach is one holiday memory you’ll remember forever. Surf camps run each week during the summer months and if you’re just starting out, you can hire equipment from the surf shop. 

Curracloe Beach in Co Wexford at sunset
Walk the cinematic strands of Curracloe Beach.

Duncannon Beach

Just outside the fishing village of Duncannon, Duncannon Beach is a mile-long golden strand with spectacular views. On a clear day, you might even see out to Hook Head and the Waterford coast. 

The beach plays host to the annual Sand Sculpting Festival where the creative masterpieces are truly out of this world, plus Duncannon Fort is just a short stroll away. If you visit in July or August, make sure you take a guided tour to learn the secrets of this fascinating fortress.

People walking on the strand at Duncannon Beach, Wexford
Take a peaceful walk on Duncannon Beach.
Enjoy the outdoors in Wexford

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