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Reasons to visit the East Coast of Ireland

The east coast of Ireland is the more gentle coast, extending from the border with Northern Ireland down to Wexford and Waterford in the south. Halfway down is Dublin, a small capital city with a big heart and a huge impact on the hearts and minds of millions.

Dublin is filled with exciting Irish pubs where visitors can enjoy the craic; traditional Irish music, good beer, a vibrant atmosphere and excellent food. The city is an architectural gem with Georgian terraces, Trinity College, Leinster House and Dublin Castle, to name just a few. There are museums and art galleries in abundance as well as the literary legacy of such as Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and William Butler Yeats.

Beyond the city there is nature, countryside, wildlife, the sea, plus rivers and canals to explore. Every sort of watersport is readily available on the coast and rivers or you could even settle for kayaking in the middle of Dublin or try out Ireland’s first cable wakeboard park. The Liffey valley is ideal for walkers and lovers of nature.


Just a little way south of Dublin is Wicklow, backed by the Wicklow Mountains National Park. It’s criss-crossed by roads for people who don’t want to walk far, but it offers amazing hillwalking and recreational activities for those who do.

Further south still we pass Arklow at the mouth of the River Avoca. This is a place renowned for boat-building sea fishing and pottery. It also has glorious beaches to the north and south.

At the bottom corner is Wexford, the cornerstone of Ireland’s ancient East, steeped in heritage and rich with history. There are great houses and castles, long sandy beaches and a history of Viking invasions.

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