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Situated in southwest County Wexford, Duncannon is a popular fishing village dominated by Duncannon fort, which perches on a rocky promontory to the east of Waterford harbour. Adjacent to a sandy beach, Duncannon is a holiday favourite situated on the scenic Ring of Hook drive.
One of just four designated military forts in the country, Duncannon Fort is a star-shaped fort built in 1588 on a promontory beside Duncannon village in anticipation of an attack by the Spanish Armada. The fort is surrounded by a 30-feet high dry moat and is open to the public daily from June to September and on weekdays for the rest of the year.
Duncannon Beach is a gorgeous beach easily accessed via the Passage East car ferry. Easily one of the finest beaches in the area, it offers about a mile of golden sand. Parking is available at the water’s edge.
The Ring of Hook is a wonderful scenic drive along West Wexford’s stunning coastline. Taking in castles, forts, abbeys, beaches, and sea cliffs, the drive brings you past towns from Kilmore Quay to Waterford City.
Duncannon Fort is taken over every June bank holiday weekend by military enthusiasts, who reenact famous battles and present military vehicles from various ages for the Military Vehicle and Re-Enactment festival. The event is quite a spectacle.
With its fine, sandy beach, Duncannon is the ideal location for a sand-sculpting festival. Held every August, the festival features sculptures made by professional groups with competitions open to the public. Associated entertainment includes a tug of war, soccer tournaments, and drag queen competitions.
The Irish National Kite Surfing Championships form part of the Hooked Kite Fest, which has been taking place every August since 2010. The championships are hosted by the Irish Kite-Surfing Association and Hooked Kite-surfing. Duncannon is home to Ireland’s first purpose-built kitesurfing centre and school.
The oldest operational lighthouse on the planet, Hook Lighthouse dates to about the 13th century. One of the best things any visitor to Wexford can do is to take a guided tour of the historic landmark.
This Cistercian abbey in Saltmills, New Ross, is located just 7 km from Duncannon. Established in about 1200 by William, the Earl Marshall, and named after Tintern in Wales, the abbey is now ruined, with remains of the nave, chancel, tower, chapel, and cloister still standing. It was partly adapted for living in after 1541 and was occupied by the Colclough family from the 16th century until the 1960s.
Wexford is a favourite among shore anglers, particularly for those travelling from Dublin and the U.K., due chiefly to the excellent transport links and the ferry port in Rosslare. Go to the south end of Duncannon Beach, near the cliffs, for blow and black lugworm, before continuing on to Dollary Beach and Booley Strand. Shore marks here yield dogfish, bass, and codling.
Reputedly the most haunted house in Ireland, Loftus Hall is an imposing mansion house on the Hook peninsula that is said to be frequented by both the devil and the ghost of a young woman. Guides bring visitors through the largely untouched ground floor of the house on an hour-long interactive tour on which the grisly history of the house is outlined. Bicycle rental is also available.
2.8km from Duncannon
Surround yourself with the beautiful scenery of Duncannon, County Wexford, when you stay at this wonderful 4-star self catering property. Perfect for a family holiday or a romantic break, it offers peace and seclusion in unspoilt surroundings on a working farm, where you can observe the daily workings of an Irish farm.
Activities for you to enjoy while breathing in the fresh country air include fishing, hill walking, pitch n’ putt, and pony trekking (8km).
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