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Explore Ireland's Sunny South East

Posted on: Tue, 03 April, 2018

Explore Ireland's Sunny South EastIreland’s Sunny South East is made up of counties Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford, Wexford and Tipperary and is one of the most popular regions for visitors to Ireland. The region is absolutely stunning and is packed full of cool things to see and do for the whole family. Plus there’s an added bonus, the sun has a tendency to shine there too! Here’s are some great reasons why it’s such an amazing place to visit.

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Medieval Experience

Kilkenny is the medieval capital of Ireland and is packed full of castles and old buildings that are perfect for exploring. Kilkenny Castle is the city’s centrepiece, sitting proudly on the banks of the River Nore and winner of the 2016 Trip Advisor Travellers Choice award. The castle has been in existence for over eight centuries and is known as the home of the Butler Dynasty between 1391 and 1971.

Kilkenny is also home to the medieval mile, a mile long stretch linking Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice’s Cathedral with lots of medieval magic, including buildings, shops and cafés in between and the perfect way to spend an afternoon in Kilkenny. Explore the medieval buildings, relax with a coffee in one of the many café’s or check out some of the quirky little gift shops.

Beaches, Attractions & Scenery

Waterford and Wexford have some of the nicest beaches in Ireland. Waterford boasts Tramore and Dungarvan both with prestigious blue flags and equally gorgeous in their own rights. Tramore is known for having golden grains of sand and stretches an impressive 5 kilometres. Swimming and surfing are both popular activities at this particular beach and there’s equipment available in shops close by if you fancy giving surfing a go!  Sailing and sea kayaking lessons are also available if you’re feeling adventurous.

Clonea strand in Dungarvan is simply stunning and is fast becoming one of the best surfing spots in the area. The beach is also great for swimming as life guards are on duty daily during the summer seasons, has some spectacular views and there are some beautiful scenic walks close by too.

County Wexford has few rivals when it comes to stunning blue flag beaches. Rosslare strand is roughly 12 km away from Wexford town and stretches for 8 km and runs into Rosslare Harbour. Curracloe beach is another stunning beach located northeast of Wexford town and is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. This gorgeous white sandy beach stretches for 7 miles and the soft white sand gives it a real luxurious feel. It’s ideal for swimming surfing and other water sports too.

When it comes to attractions, the Sunny South East has lots to choose from. The Rock of Cashel is a hugely popular choice, steeped in history and dating back to medieval times. The rock of Cashel was once home to the kings of Munster and towers over the town from its 200 foot perch. It was visited by Saint Patrick in the year 450 and was here that Brian Boru was crowned King of Ireland in the 10th century. In later years it became the seat of the Archbishop. Thousands of visitors come to see this iconic monument every year.

Dunbrody Famine Ship is another premier attraction in the South East of Ireland. It’s centred on a reproduction of an 1840’s emigrant ship and offers a unique interpretation of the emigrant experience in Ireland during the Famine.

 

Activities

If you are a fan of activities then the Sunny South East is the place for you. The 5 counties are packed full of fun and exciting things to do from Horse Riding to Water sports to River Cruises. Dunmore East Adventure Centre in Waterford provide a range of fun activities including kayaking, sailing and power boating for both adults and children, perfect for an action-packed afternoon.

 If you’d prefer something a bit less intense, Waterford’s Dungarvan Bay Charter boats offer a range of options for fishing trips, and Barrowline cruisers offer narrow boat hire, ideal for a leisurely afternoon.  

 Chocolate lovers will absolutely adore the Chocolate Garden of Ireland in Carlow. Offering Chocolate workshops, demonstrations, tastings and a delicious café on site, this is the perfect activity for both adults and the kiddies, a perfect day out.

A trip to the Carlow brewing company is a fun day out and the team there will take you through the brewing process from beginning to end and you’ll also have the opportunity to sample some tasty craft brews.

 Kilkenny Castle is the city’s centrepiece, sitting proudly on the banks of the River Nore and winner of the 2016 Trip Advisor Travellers Choice award.  The castle is known as the home of the Butler Dynasty between 1391 and 1971 and is open for tours until 5.30pm daily. 

The Dunbrody famine ship, as mentioned above, is a must see when visiting Wexford and gives a wonderfully detailed account of the Irish emigration experience during the famine.

Finally, Tipperary’s Rock of Cashel, as mentioned above is a one of the best attractions in Tipperary is another must see.

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