After a lovely overnight in Dungarvan and a quick housekeeping stop at the Sports Centre, I pay a quick visit to the Eurospar supermarket again for a few essentials before heading off further north. We are moving towards Dublin as we go home in about a week.
Our destination today is Kilmore Quay in County Wexford. This spot has been recommended by a few people. We take the odd wrong turn but it’s still only about 1.5 hrs away. We are staying at Kilmore Quay Caravan and Camping Park for one or two nights and are looking forward to hot showers.
It’s a beautiful spot. We can see the masts of ships, sand dunes and the sea in the distance. It’s also very quiet. It’s only five minutes into the village and two minutes to the beach.
Soup and sandwiches sitting outside for a change as the weather is lovely. It feels like a summer day.
Outside the campsite is a small shop and then over the road is a raised carpark with fabulous views of the beach, which is golden and gorgeous.
The memorial garden on the headland is full of poignant stories of lives lost at sea in accidents, storms and drownings.
Forlorn point, just next to the memorial garden, is a small headland and fishing spot and has rocks dating back to the oldest period of earth, the Precambrian period, so they are at least 542 million years old!!
We wander around to and through the fishing harbour. Lots of boats big and small here and it looks like a successful port.
The village has a number of restaurants that all seem closed today apart from The Salty Chipper, a fish and chip takeaway. We promise ourselves dinner from here later as they come highly recommended by Alice who manages our campsite.
Of course we find the pub open! Enjoy a cold one whilst chatting to the friendly locals. We learn about the fishing industry, are told the big boats catch everything around here except bass which isn’t allowed, the smaller boats normally lobster and prawns. Lots of Spanish boats fish from here too.
Back to the van to do a bit of washing and sit in the sunshine again. T goes to get our chippy tea. Taking Alice’s advice we order just one portion of fish and chips and it easily feeds both of us.
It’s getting cooler now so we head back inside for a bit until sunset when we wander back to the beach and watch the sun go down. The temperature has dropped considerably. There’s cloud on the horizon so the sun gets lost before the end but we still get some lovely colour.
Firepit time! They’re not usually allowed here but because it’s so quiet Alice gives us the nod. We sit outside for hours, watching the fire, enjoying a drink and listening to tunes. Another great day on our Irish adventure.