When planning your trip to or around Ireland, you start realising it's little wonder that this country's nickname is Emerald Isle: you can find green everywhere, even in Dublin, the biggest Irish city. Anyway, we won't talk about Dublin today, but about Kilmore Quay surrounding area in Wexford County and all its beauty instead. I know we are still not able to travel but soon enough domestic trip will be allowed and, what's more, listing amazing spots for you to visit when you are down here does no harm anyway. Therefore, we put together four green and stunning outdoor places and activities that are within a quick reach from The Wooden House Hotel and Apartments, which is located in the heart of the lovely Kilmore Quay fishing village and offer everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay during your break in the countryside. After having a great night sleep, exploring the area in the best way will make your visit unforgettable and this is what matters to us: give the best of us so you can have the best of all times with Canbe Hospitality. Start planning your reunion break in one of Ireland's paradise! 3, 2, 1... off you go!
Shelmalier Forth Mountain
The first time I found out about this place I was like: no chance this is real. You won't find much about it on Google, proving that this is an actual Irish hidden gem. The place is a public green area in Barntown County Wexford and you'll find several car parks lay-bys in the forest, as well as numerous walks.
The Forth Mountain is actually a 500-600 million-year-old rock, which rises to a height of 780 feet (235m) and has a great view around the surrounding countryside, allowing you to see the counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Wicklow and Waterford, as far as Wales on clear days. With several different trails, whatever you choose to go for you'll be astonished. The three main species are the Sitka spruce, lodgepole pine and Japanese larch and, despite the forest being incredibly beautiful at any time of the year, during autumn season its colours get even more breathtaking. You'll also see woodcock, pheasant, raven and fox around! It definitely worths the visit!
From The Wooden House, it'll take only 25 minutes by car for you to get to one of the car parkings and be able to start your adventure! :)
The Hook lighthouse
Within a 45 minutes drive, you can get to the Hook Lighthouse, the oldest operating lighthouse in the world and one of Ireland's most visited attractions, located in the south-western corner of county Wexford.
The county itself is already of huge biodiversity, but the Hook Head is of special importance: it's considered a Special Area of Conservation under Irish and UE law, having an incredible variety of wildlife. Besides the vegetated sea cliffs, you'll find fossils, sea-life and special bird species, that altogether become one of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland.
No need to freak out in case you forgot to bring food or drinks: the visitor's centre has a cafe and bakery, which makes your after tour time a bit more relaxing - after all, nothing like a great coffee to wake us up after a good walk.
Tickets are at a fair price and Sunset/Sunrise Experience are also available to be booked on their website.
Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens
Ireland is full of incredibly castles and gardens and Johnstown Castle is here to prove it - best of all, you'll get there within 20 minutes' drive. A perfect place to enjoy on a sunny day, offering different activities for all ages. You can explore over 4km of a charming lake and ornamental garden walks, throw a picnic, go for a romantic lunch, bring the kids to the woodland play or even meditate - it's not difficult to find a peaceful spot, trust me.
Should you are looking for an indoor activity, you are able to visit the Castle and the Agricultural Museum.
Car park is available and free of charge, and tickets to the activities can be found on their website.
Ballycross Apple Farm
This is a perfect destination for a family day out. Visiting the Ballycross Apple Farm gives you the chance to live a real farm day, greet the animals around, enjoy pony rides and also try their award-winning apple juice. But this is not all about it: there are also go-karts with race track and a bouncy castle for the little ones.
If you are up for some walk, several farm trails are there to be explored! If you want to enjoy some nice food, they are available too: you can find some delicious fresh waffles and crepes. Should you think about someone you want to bring a treat, gift and craft shop are there to help you out! :)
Besides being a lovely activity to enjoy with family, it's also very interesting to visit a place where you see how what you buy is grow and taken care of before they get to your house.
As we like to say, Kilmore Quay is a small village with a big heart and an incredibly beautiful surrounding area to be seen - you can still find some other unique spots on our last post about the area. On the other hand, should you want to have a relaxing day without going any far, we are just ta doorstep away from a peaceful beach - serve yourself with what suits you the most!