Kilmore Quay & Ballyteigue Burrow

Places to See | Co. Wexford, Ireland

Kilmore Quay is an attractive traditional Irish fishing village located on the coast of County Wexford in the South East of Ireland. This is an un-spoilt village with breath taking coastal walks, and the fabulous Saltee Islands off the coast which hosts one of the largest bird sanctuaries in Europe. (From mid-May to mid-September, look for boats at the village waterfront or on the marina to take you to the islands, weather permitting)

During our visit to County Wexford, a great day was spent at Kilmore Quay.

One of the first features to strike anyone visiting Kilmore village for the first time is the number of thatched cottages lining the village street. Made in the traditional way from straw and stone they immediately give the impression of what life was like in the small fishing village hundreds of years ago. Most of these cottages date back to the 18th and 19th centuries and are of significant national importance.

Wandering down the village street will bring you to the busy harbour. Kilmore Quay is a bustling fishing port with a strong commercial fleet. Seafood is a speciality here and there are numerous restaurants serving the local catch of the day. The village boosts one of the most popular Fish & Chip shops in the County of Wexford.

A recent addition to the old harbour is a state-of-the-art 55-berth Blue Flag Marina. The fact that a busy fishing port and a thriving marina can co-exist in harmony is a tribute to the resilience and hospitality of all in the local community.

This part of the Wexford coast is known as the “graveyard of a thousand ships” and appropriately a Memorial Garden to those lost to the unforgiving sea was dedicated in 2001. It names all those lost along this coast.

Ballyteigue Burrow is a real highlight! An 8 km long shingle spit running north-west from the coastal village of Kilmore Quay in south Co. Wexford.  It has one of the finest sand-dune systems we’ve come across. The western end is a nature reserve rich in butterflies and flowers and is a site of international importance. The whole expanse is great for a long stroll.

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