Beaches

Explore the Beach Lands of North Wexford.

Walk on the beach in the moonlight or in the morning with the sun rising over the Irish sea.

Morriscastle is one of the main gateways to the North Wexford Coastline - a wonderful stretch of the Irish Sea bordered by a sinuous ribbon of golden sandy beaches.

Because entry to the beaches is restricted to individual gateways, a short walk away from any of these entry points leads to almost deserted stretches of sand and dunes. The dune system is deep and wide and it is almost always possible to find a sheltered and sheltering spot. Ideal for children as it is safe but nevertheless challenging and hours may be spent climbing and exploring.

It is easy to find a tranquil place to read or just to sit and watch the hundreds of larks soaring overhead and listen to the stonechats. Wexford Beach Homes is about a 10 minute walk from the Morriscastle Beach entry point. But there are more than a dozen gateways to the coast within 10 mins drive. All of these are well worth exploring each one can be found at the end of small byroad. Each beach has its own special character.

The beach forms part of 'Sli Charman', The Wexford Costal Path that stretches from Kilmichael Point to Wexford town and beyond. Walking conditions are usually very good with the sand firm underfoot.

To walk to Raven Point from Morriscastle takes about 4 hours but ring walks leaving the beach through any of the gateways and returning by country lanes bordered by hedgerows provide pleasant shorter and still challenging trips.

Explore the Dunes.

Wexford DunesAbout 500 yards either side of the Morriscastle Beach Gateway the dune system widens into acres of undulating sand hills and hollows. The coarse green grass which gives the dunes their distinctive green coat is Marram Grass but the whole dune system is host to hundreds of wildflowers in May June and July.

Walking through these sandy hills, the air perfumed by the spicy scent of 'Ladys Bed Straw' you will find fragrant Evening Primrose, delicate Wild Pansy, Kidney Vetch, Hawkweed, Sea Holly and Common Birds Trefoil carpeting the floor of the valleys. The scarce, Night-flowering Catchfly, Wild Asparagus and Moore's Horsetail a rare hybrid, are also found.

Small shells lie in waves among the hollows These areas are Special Areas of Conservation due to the rare plants which grow there.

Two small streams meander through these Dunes. They are fringed by small areas of wet woodland, with Alder and Grey Willow being the main tree species. The ground flora includes Wild Angelica, Greater Tussock-sedge, Hemlock Water-dropwort and Yellow Iris.

Dune Butterflys are always about in summer. Red Admiral, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell the Gatekeeper and others fly velvetly through the air and high in the sky hundreds of larks and swifts swoop.

The delicacy and fragility of this dune system is almost palpable. It is a special place to visit. Tread carefully.

In the library in each house you will find A Guide to the Wildflowers of Britian and Ireland.

A pocket guide to the Butterflies of Britian and Ireland ,and Sea and Seashore a guide to shells seaweeds and shorelife can be found at www.npsireland.ie. On their website see Special Areas of Conservation-Counties-Wexford-Cahore Polders and Kilmuckridge/Tinnebearna sandhills.

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