South East Ireland Tourism
Travel guide to Ireland's south east
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Bird Watching

There are bird and wildlife sanctuaries all over the southeast where a huge variety of birds can be observed. Species such as Golden Plover, Crossbills, Pheasant, Heron, Sparowhawks, Duck, Dipper, Kittiwakes, Seabirds and Birds of Prey abound all along our coastline, and many sanctuaries and amenity areas available to those wishing to study this environment. Below is a list of popular Bird Watching locations in the region.

Bird Watching Cappamurra Bog (Dundrum, Tipperary)

Bird Watching In Ardmore (Ardmore, Waterford)
The spectacular 'dive bombing' methods of fishing by seabirds is best observed from the cliff walks area.

Bird Watching In Clonea (Dungarvan, Waterford)
This area is an excellent site for viewing Waders. Some 1,000 Barnacle Geese are to be seen wintering here from November to March.

Bird Watching in Dunmore East (Dunmore East, Waterford)
Many noisy Kittiwake nest in the steep cliffs overlooking Dunmore East harbour. This is one of the very few urban locations that provides good access and easy observation of these lively, colourful - albeit noisy seabirds.

Bird Watching In Nire Valley Area (Nire Valley, Waterford)
Good show of Dippers, Great Wagtails and Kingfishers.

Wexford Wildfowl Reserve (Wexford Town, Wexford)
Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, North Slob, Wexford, is Ireland's Premier Wildfowl Reserve.

Visiting the Reserve
Facilities include 'new' modern up-graded Visitor Centre, car park, picnic area, wildfowl collection and hides (including Observation Tower). Facilities are available for our more disabled visitors. Wexford Wildfowl Reserve is reached from Wexford by leaving the town over the River Slaney bridge on the main Gorey Road (R741). After travelling 2.92 km (1.8miles) north of the bridge, turn right (beside Grannal’s Mazda Garage) into Ardcavan Lane.

Opening Times
Summer: 16th April to 30th September, 0900 -1800 daily. Winter: 1st October to 15th April, 1000-1700 daily.

The Reserve may be closed temporarily for management operations - See notice on gate.
Guided tours can be arranged by request. Groups must book in advance.

Entry is Free.
Please obey the various notices and comply with requests by the reserve staff. The reserve only covers part of the North Slob. The rest is privately owned farmland and the owner’s permission must be obtained before entering these areas.

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Wexford Wildfowl Reserve
Wexford Harbour and its Slobs are natural...
Wexford Harbour,
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Top Places to Visit in South East Ireland


The South East of Ireland, comprising the five counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford, is an evocative patchwork of fertile valleys and plains. Down through the centuries the Celts, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Normans have passed through these valleys, leaving behind a landscape rich in historical remains. Countless castles, abbeys, fortresses and ancient settlements remain to mark their passage. The five river systems – the Barrow, Blackwater, Nore, Slaney and Suir - criss-cross the South East, meandering under old stone bridges, around magical mountains, through picturesque villages and past neatly thatched cottages before finally entering the sea at scenic, peaceful seaside towns.


The South East has things to do for everyone of all ages and tastes: historic monuments, colourful gardens; well-maintained and sign-posted walking and cycling paths; abundant fishing locations; numerous golf courses, equestrian centres and exciting festivals. From coast to country, the South East has it all. Come see it for yourself...


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Vibrant Cities and Towns

In the cities and towns of the South East, the ancient and the modern meet in a delightful blend. The more up-to-date amenities and facilities harmoniously co-exist with the remnants of the past. We have something for everyone! More details +
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Countryside Escapes

The South East of Ireland is dotted with many picturesque villages. Many are situated in stunning locations, built along winding rivers or cushioned between hills and each one has its own story to tell. Take time and explore them at your own pace. More details +
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Coastal Destinations

Ireland's South East is well-known for its temperate and sunny climate. This makes it an ideal location to relax on the golden beaches, to enjoy the stunning scenery of the rugged coastline or to take part in the many activities the resorts such as Ardmore, Tramore, Dunmore East, Duncannon, Curraghcloe and Courtown have to offer. More details +




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