FETHARD-ON –SEA, IRELANDS ‘SUNNIEST CORNER’ – WHAT TO DO, EAT AND WHERE TO STAY!
Located on the Hook Peninsula in Ireland’s ‘sunniest corner’, Fethard-on- sea is a small and beautiful coastal village on the Hook Peninsular. The village has some lovely pubs and restaurants serving fresh seafood; some incredible family activities and magnificent beaches. This is a special village that will take you back in time and its endless charm will stay with visitors forever!
Here, Visit Wexford recommends some of the best places to visit, stay and eat in Ireland’s ‘Sunniest Corner’!
Where to Visit?
Hook Lighthouse is the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. The visitor centre at Hook Lighthouse, one of the premier visitor attractions in the south east, offers guided tours of the lighthouse tower. For more information visit www.hookheritage.ie
Hook head Adventures
This authentic Eco Adventure Tourism Company will bring you the perfect mix of excitement, local story’s you’ll hardly believe as well as high levels of adventure and stunning scenery! Their adventure activities are unique and a truly unforgettable way to experience Hook Head. Activities include: Sea Cave Kayaking Experience, Sea Kayaking Mini Tour, Sunset Kayaking Experience, Self-Guided Bike Tour (Bike Rental), Stand Up Paddle Boarding (Sup), Coasteering Adventures and a Mountain Explorer Experience. They will take you off the beaten track and show you the secret locations that will make your experience a truly memorable one. Visit: www.hookheadadventures.ie
The Pure Soap Company
Based in the beautiful Hook Peninsula Rosaleen Kelly hand makes luxury herbal soap using only the finest quality vegetable ingredients, scented with pure essential oils, each bar of soap is wrapped in hand made rose petal paper. They also host workshops, so you can make your own soaps when you get home! Visit: https://www.discoverireland.ie/Activities-Adventure/the-pure-soap-company-workshops/87306
Visit Loftus Hall and take a tour of this abandoned haunted house with a dark and trouble history. Let the tour guides take you through the ground floor on a 45-minute interactive tour where they will relate the grim and often gruesome history of Loftus Hall including its notorious visitor. Full details of opening times and availability and online booking can be found on their website: www.loftushall.ie
Duncannon Fort is undoubtedly one of Ireland’s most historical jewels; a well-preserved fortress strategically perched on the Hook Peninsula, with a history of over 450 years of intriguing and awe inspiring stories dating back to its 16th century origin. Built to defend the deep-sea Waterford Estuary against Spain’s invasion of England, its architecture was designed to defend against gunpowder, with low, wide castles and deep moats to dissipate the force of the cannon, whilst ships can’t pass by without coming into range. Visitors can drink in the calm views of boats passing under the Fort’s nose, and when they’ve absorbedall the views they can take, the impressive guided tours really bring the history of Duncannon Fort to life. www.duncannonfort.ie
The Hook peninsula has numerous beaches, ideal for swimming and snorkelling deep sea angling and bird watching. Among the many beautiful, unspoilt beaches in Fethard is Grange Beach! As a result of the beach not being well sheltered from the wind, this is the prime location for many water sports like surfing and wind surfing. Grange Beach has received the Green Coast Award for 2017.
Fethard on Sea Country Market is a vibrant community market held every Saturday in the summer and on Bank Holidays from 10.30am to 12 noon in St Mary’s Hall. Enjoy our freshly baked breads, scones, cakes and delicious savoury dishes. Wholesome honey, jam, chutney and salad dressings. Freshly picked salad leaves, herbs, fruits, flowers, plants, eggs and vegetables all lovingly grown by local families. They also have a wonderful range of art and crafts all hand crafted in our local area.
Where to Eat?
Templars Inn Seafood Bar & Restaurant is located on the spectacular Hook Peninsula and offers incredible sea views and is renowned for a great pint of Guinness and delicious fresh seasonal dishes. Visit: www.templarsinn.com
Neville’s Bar and Restaurant offers good value and daily specials. They are committed to using locally sourced food and produce wherever possible and ensure that meat is Irish and 100% traceable. Their fish is sourced from a Bridgestone award winning supplier. Neville’s Bar and 1170 Restaurant has been awarded the best Gastro Pub in Wexford for 2011 and continues to serve the finest food since. Visit: www.nevilles.ie
Where to stay?
A detached stone cottage situated beside working farm on a quiet country road, within walking distance of Grange beach with fine sea views of Bannow bay and the Saltee Islands. The village of Fethard-on-Sea is about 2km away for nearest pub, restaurant and shop.. Visit: https://hookpeninsula.com/guide/sea-bass-cottage/
Hookless Holiday Homes
Featuring a tennis court, Hookless Holiday Homes offer wonderful self-catering accommodation in Fethard on Sea.
Each unit features a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, a fireplace, a seating area with a sofa, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with bath or shower. The holiday park offers a sun terrace for that late evening relaxing. A children’s playground can be found at Hookless Holiday Homes, along with a garden. Visit: www.hooklessholidayhomes.ie
Coast Kilmore Quay
Boasting a garden, Coast Kilmore Quay Boutique Hotel is set in Kilmore Quay and has the added bonus of a bar and a terrace. All ensuite rooms come complete with a patio and have a large screen TV and an outdoor seating area. Coast has a stylish bar and bistro area serving the best of local produce from the farms and sea around Kilmore Quay. The ideal spot for a family occasion, dinner for two, or Sunday lunch with the family! Visit: https://coastkilmorequay.com/