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DETAILS

Departs Dublin Tourism on Suffolk Street, outside the old stone church at 6:50 am daily

Please arrive 10 mins before departure!

Adult €55 euro

Student/OAP €50 euro

(Entry onto the Dunbrody Famine Ship will be offered only if the boat does not sail to the Saltee islands due to bad weather)


OVERVIEW

Join this fantastic 1 day tour to the south east of Ireland to the medieval town of Wexford and the unspoilt natural wonder that is the Saltee Islands bird sanctuary. See many spectacular churches and abbeys as well as the coastal village of Kilmore Quay and enter the oldest working lighthouse in the world at Hook Head. Here we will have lunch at the 800 year old impressive structure before moving on to other sites including The Dunbrody famine ship which transported thousands of starving Irish to a new life in America.

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ITINERARY

6:50am
Meet us outside the old stone church on Suffolk Street where you will meet your guide for the day and your fellow travellers. We leave Dublin heading towards the historic town of Enniscorthy where the great 1798 rebellion took place before we arrive at the town of Wexford.

9:15am
Your guide will take you on a fascinating walking tour of Wexford town. The town has a remarkable history with a diverse mix of Viking, Norman and old Irish blood. It is also the birthplace ofCommodore John Barry founder of the US navy, William Lamport aka Zorro as well as father of the Canadian Confederation Thomas D'Arcy McGee.

10.30am
We leave Wexford and head towards Kilmore Quay enjoying a spectacular drive through unspoilt countryside. Weather permitting we will board a boat at 11am to sail across to the great Saltee Islands bird sanctuary. Enjoy the fresh sea breeze and listen to the story of Michael O'Neil who announced himself as the prince of the Saltees after declaring the Saltees a principality. The Saltees have remained one of Irelands greatest natural wonders and during the summer is home to thousands of rare birds; puffins, garnets & razorbills to name just a few. Your boat captain will take you around the Island giving you the best views for the birds and seals who also consider the Saltees as home. We return to Kilmore Quay for a short walk around the village.

12.30pm
Enjoy the beautiful coastal drive as we arrive at the great Hook Head peninsula. You cant fail to notice the distinctly impressive Hook Head lighthouse standing at the tip of the peninsula. At 800 years old this is the worlds oldest operational lighthouse and one of Irelands 7 wonders. This is also our lunch stop (lunch not included) where we eat at the lighthouse cafe. This is a famous spot in Irish history as the water leading into Waterford city hasseen many attempted invasions, the famous being that of Strongbow (Richard DeClare) who led the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland.

2.30pm
After a photo stop at the haunted Loftus Hall estate - lone standing on the peninsula, we make our way to the town of New Ross. Just a few miles away lived John F. Kennedy’s great grandfather and New Ross is the very place where he emigrated from. We will see the impressive emigrant tall ship, the Dunbrody - a recreation of the famous famine ship which was used to transport thousands of starving Irish peasants to America to start a new life.

4.30pm
After visiting The Dunbrody we head back to Dublin to complete a fun and educational day.

7.30pm
Arrive back in Dublin (approximately)