South East Ireland tourist information.
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The South-East region of Ireland comprises the counties of Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny,
Waterford and the southern half of Tipperary.
This is an area of contrasts, from the soft lush coasts of Waterford and Wexford
through the agricultural heartlands of Tipperary and Carlow to the rich Norman heritage
A circular tour of this region might start at Rosslare ferry port. From here head
west towards Waterford, taking the ferry from Ballyhack to Passage East, or take
the main N25 via Newbawn, through New Ross with its Dutch-style houses.
Waterford, home to the famous crystal glass works, is worth a longer stay. The town
is attractively situated on the river Suir and its compact centre is home to a number
of excellent restaurants, and most nights there'll be a bar featuring local
The coast west of Waterford is a mixture of pretty resort towns like Tramore, largely
untouched coastline with fine beaches around Stradbally, and small fishing villages
Heading north towards Tipperary takes you via Clonmel, close to the lovely Knockmealdown
Mountains, to the town of Cahir, dominated by a spectacular castle dating from the
13th century. Further north still is the peaceful countryside centred on Dundrum.
The Slieve Phelim Hills are excellent for walking, with delightful woodland trails.
Several rivers flow through the neighbouring Golden Valley, offering anglers many
(image from Waterford Farm
Returning eastwards, you can stay either in Kilkenny, considered by many to be the
most cultured town in the Republic outside Dublin, or nearby Ballyfoyle, a real
country hide-away, close to the famous Dunmore Cave. Carlow, on the border of County
Wicklow, is home to the Browne's Hill Dolmen, believed to have the largest capstone
The drive back to Rosslare is via Enniscorthy, an attractive hilly town on the river
Slaney. A few miles further south brings you to pretty Wexford town, home every
October to a world-famous opera festival. (Image from