Over 200 kilometres of coastline hugs the county of Wexford, and there are some stunning beaches perfect for water sports, family fun and walking that few counties in Ireland can rival.
The Hook Peninsula has a large number of beaches 14 to be exact and some have been awarded the Blue flag while one has been designated as a bathing beach and some have been known to be great areas for fishing. Water activities such as kite surfing, surfing, wind sailing, body boarding and kayaking are plentiful on these beaches as some companies have set up their activities here .i.e. (Hooked Kite Surfing, Shielbaggan Outdoor Education, etc.). The two beaches Bagginbun and Carnivan have a coastal track connecting the two together which shows some of the scenery the Hook Peninsula has to offer.
"One of the best"
Duncannon beach is a 1 mile long strand of sandy coast that has recently been designated a bathing area. Visitors are allowed to drive and park on the beach for easy access, Duncannon caters to surfing and kite surfing the supplies are available at the hut and lessons are available whenever the weather is windy. The beach is just walking distance from the Duncannon fort as well as several great pubs that serve food all day. Duncannon Beach plays host to the sand castle building weekend festival which happens on the August bank holiday.
Dollar Bay and Booley Bay
Dollar Bay and Booley Bay are situated beside each other and are very secluded beaches on the Duncannon to Hook Head road. Park your car on the side of the road or down the small lane way and walk down the track to the beaches, both beaches are lovely sheltered bay's with clean sand, nice warm breeze blowing from the sea and very clean water to swim in. These two beaches are very quite as very few people know the location of Dollar Bay and Booley bay and this helps keep the two beaches very clean and the numbers low. The two beaches are great for sunbathing, swimming, body boarding as the waves are small and fishing as large quantities of flatfish, dog fish and bass group here. Visitors are allowed to bring small BBQ's and cook on the beach this is a great way to spend your day on the beach with your family or friends but you are asked to clean up after yourself and bring your rubbish home.
Carnivan Beach is located a few kilometres beyond the town of Fethard, a 5 minute drive from Baginbun beach and is a very attractive, clean and secluded beach. The entrance to Carnivan beach is a very narrow lane along the coast line with two parking areas with a beautiful view overlooking both sides of the beach. A costal track connects both Baginbun and Carnivan beaches that allows for hiking and cycling which is an activity that is not to be missed. The beach is enclosed with cliffs on either side which makes it very sheltered against the Northerly winds. The beach is used for surfing, body boarding and wind surfing that may cater to you if you are interested in these activities but if you prefer to sunbathe and take it easy that is up to you.
Baginbun is located a few kilometres beyond the town of Fethard and is a very attractive, clean, quiet and secluded beach. A rough track brings you down to the soft sand which is surrounded by cliffs. The whole beach is quite sheltered and there are various rocks to hide behind if it gets windy. The water here is nice and fresh and even at low tide there is enough depth for your swim. The car park here is rough and small. The beach isn't wheelchair accessible and you will have to carry your buggy.