Seaside special: beaches of Wexford

If your idea of a beach is miles of golden sands, blue sea and palm trees you need to go to the Bahamas. But if you can put up without the palms then you won’t find more beautiful beaches than in Co. Wexford. Ireland may be more famous for other features like bogs and potatoes but I can assure you that, when the sun shines (not something that is guaranteed, even here in the sunny southeast) you won’t find more idyllic beaches.

I headed south along the R472 south of Courtown towards Wexford, stopping off now and then to look at the beaches. There are more spots to see and these are just a few, representative beaches.

Castlemorris beach, each of Kilmuckridge. A short walk from the car park, through the sand dunes

Castle Morris beach, east of Kilmuckridge. A short walk from the car park, through the sand dunes

Clean sandy beach as far as the eye can see..

Clean sandy beach as far as the eye can see..

... in both directions

… in both directions. It was sunny on the beach but…

but look what was behind me!

… look what was behind me!

Further south was Ballinesker beach. A small river runs down across the beach, crossed by a small bridge

Further south was Ballinesker beach. A small river runs down across the beach, crossed by a small bridge

It was still sunny out at sea but the clouds were gathering

It was still sunny out at sea but the clouds were gathering

Right by the beach at Curracloe

Right by the beach at Curracloe

White Gap is the most southerly beach I stopped at and the most commercial, though hardly built up! There is a surf shack and cafe and a few amusements.

White Gap is the most southerly beach I stopped at and the most commercial, though hardly built up! There is a surf shack and cafe and a few amusements.

When I wrote about Lagurus ovatus I said that I had read it was naturalised in Wexford - and here it was!

When I wrote about Lagurus ovatus I said that I had read it was naturalised in Wexford – and here it was!

Relaxing on the beach

Relaxing on the beach

Get over the dunes and the beach is HUGE!

Get over the dunes and the beach is HUGE!

Playing around with the new camera

Playing around with the new camera

The dunes are filled with wild flowers like these pyramidal orchids (Anacamptis pyramidalis)

The dunes are filled with wild flowers like these pyramidal orchids (Anacamptis pyramidalis)

They are scattered around the dunes and in surrounding grassland

They are scattered around the dunes and in surrounding grassland

They are pollinated by moths including the six spot burnet moth

They are pollinated by moths including the six spot burnet moth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Comments on “Seaside special: beaches of Wexford”

  1. epov88
    July 9, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    Wonderful 🙂

  2. joy
    July 9, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

    can not beat the seaside lovely

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