Having spent the August Bank Holiday in Rosslare, wexford I just wanted to write a quick post to remind people to support the harbour area as well as the strand. The Harbour took a major hit with the loss of many hotels and now Irish Ferries reducing their sailings.
There are some beautiful areas on the harbour side of Rosslare.
They have just completed a new path making the cliff walk accessible again and the kids absolutely loved it at the weekend. There were hundreds of butterflies, beautiful wild flowers, stunning sea views, more seals than we could count and total tranquility!
there is a playground at the start of the walk and a carpark. Numerous new benches are dotted along the coastal cliff path so you can really relax and take it all in.
I had forgotten how beautiful the area around the harbour is and so much more secluded than the strand.
There are so many beautiful beaches in the vicinity. The cliff walk from the harbour brings you to St Helens bay beach and golf club. There are holiday houses there so that beach is a little more lively. Lots of large rocks out at sea to attract seals on a sunny day.
Another stunning beach is Ballytrent beach. Pics below.
From this beach you can walk along the coast to Carne beach where there is a caravan park so again a little more lively (for better or worse!).
Another lovely spot is Kilmore Quay. Like everywhere we go, wait for it.... there's a playground!! Lots of ice cream shops, coffee shops bars and restaurants too. It's a cute little fishing village and you can catch a boat trip from the harbour if you fancy it. ⛵️
On the way to Kilmore Quay you will pass through the village of Kilmore (blink and you miss it). Mary Barry's is an extremely popular restaurant in the village (book in advance during the summer) and there is a serious added bonus to this place! 3 bouncy castles out the back where you can sit and observe from the outdoor seating area. Great seafood too, even for the kids. Sometimes they even have face painting to keep the kids entertained for longer.
Last stop before I get to Rosslare Strand is Our Lady's Island. It's another peaceful (holy if you're that way inclined) spot. There is a lovely walk around the island which is perfect for kids and a newly built..... drumroll pleeeeeassse 🥁 PLAYGROUND. Beside the playground is a community run coffee shop managed by volunteers with a new expanded menu and outdoor seats overlooking the playground.
Okay, on to Rosslare Strand. It is lovely but do expect to be surrounded by your neighbours (if you are from Dublin). The beach on the strand is lovely and there is a little surf school there for kids further down the beach. There's a car park and an abundance of coffee shops. Lots of restaurants, bars and hotels and a high proportion of holiday homes versus locals.
The institution that is Kelly's hotel takes pride of place in the strand and we do love it. It's generally full of Dublin guests young and old and it really does cater to both. The food is outstanding and ridiculously plentiful. The spa is perfect (outdoor jet pool is my absolute favourite of any spa in Ireland). There is a lovely baby supervised playroom and kids clubs for the older ones. A leisure centre and pool separate to the spa pools as well as mini golf and a pirate ship playground. The gardens are truly beautiful with direct access to the beach. It's a combination of Quality, Service and facilities that mean you need to book this place over a year in advance if you want to get in during busy periods. Guests tend to return at the same time every year! All below pics are from the beautiful grounds of Kellys Hotel.
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