Wexford Waters Tour
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The Graveyard of a Thousand Ships
Our first stop is at Kilmore Quay. This area is steeped in history, so much that it leaks into the modern world, it is the home of the old Yola dialect, it has one of the oldest graveyards in Ireland, the old customs are still strong here, you’ll see wooden crosses tied to trees and the village itself, thanks to 4 locals determined to keep the past present, is filled with thatched cottages each one prettier than the next. When you come into the harbour, the sea stretches out before you, an area known as the “graveyard of a thousand ships”. And just offshore you will see in the distance the Saltee Islands, a world-renowned bird sanctuary.
While we’re here can try a local delicacy, the Wexford Rissole. described by one visitor as a “hug in breadcrumbs”!
Seafood Lunch and Smoked Salmon
Moving on down the Coast we’ll stop for lunch in an award-winning “gastro-pub” serving the best Chowder you’ll ever taste along with plenty of daily seafood specials before heading to Ballyhack Village to meet a dear friend and true character.
Micheal Walsh or Mickey has been working in the Wexford fishing industry since he was 14, today, he runs Ballyhack Smokehouse. Producing award-winning Smoked Salmon from his ancient Smokehouse. Mickey takes three days to smoke his fish using the old traditional methods, rather than the three hours it takes a modern smoker and the proof is in the taste!
Fresh from the Smokehouse the Salmon literally melts away on your tongue leaving just a delicious smoky flavour behind.
Mick will explain what life is like for the fishermen and women here in Ireland as he shows off his skills with filleting
Our final stop for the day is out on the very end of the famous Hook Peninsula, Hook Lighthouse.
A World Heritage Site, this lighthouse is the oldest functioning lighthouse in the world! For 800 years this stout tower has stood here. Inside each floor tells a different stage of its history, from the first keepers of the tower 800 years ago, the medieval hero Sir William Marshal that commisioned the tower and the keepers that saw the introduction of oil and in turn electricity.
The views from the top are exceptional, and if the skies are clear, you may even spot the Saltees Islands in the distance!
Before we leave, you can purchase a locally brewed craft beer, tea or coffee and enjoy the last of the day before we depart for home
How to book
- Your own Driver/Guide
- Luxury Vehicle
- Walking Tour of Kilmore Quay
- Scenic Coastal Drive with Commentary
- Seafood Lunch
- Talk and Taste at Ballyhack Smokehouse
- Tour of Hook Lighthouse
- Complimentary Spring Water
- All Vehicle, fuel and parking costs,
- All associated taxes and insurance