Rosslare Strand to Carne Beach
What a fantastic day for a cycle, the sunny south-east is really living up to its name! Let’s hope it lasts through the bank holiday weekend coming up!
Today we started out our journey in the quintessential holiday resort of Rosslare Strand or just Rosslare as it is known to the locals. Rosslare has been a holiday destination for over 100 years and it shows in the beautiful Georgian and Victorian townhouses dotted along its main street. The village is also packed full of hip coffee shops, restaurants, pubs, top quality hotels and plenty for the kids too, all just a stone’s throw from a fantastic blue flag beach. Rosslare is very close to Rosslare Europort where Irish Ferries and StennaLine operate car and passenger ferries to the UK and France. you can get here by train on the Dublin – Rosslare line or by bus (Bus Éireann routes 370 & 385). For more on Rosslare visit the Rosslare Holiday Resort Website in the links at the bottom of this post.
The Cycle – Route
If this cycle is too long for you another good starting point may be Our Lady’s Island
So we set off from the beach car park just after lunchtime. We took a left coming out of the car park onto the main road. There is a short incline here and a magnificent sea view across to Rosslare Europort. Take in the view then continue with the road swinging around to the right and over a railway bridge. Stay on this road until you come to a t-junction where you take a left marked Rosslare harbor.
Head out the R736 towards the village of Tagoat, on the way you will see some thatch cottages. Once you reach Tagoat you will come to Cushens Pub, this is a good opportunity to take a break if you need. They serve hot food daily. Every August there is a vintage steam rally in Tagoat, its well worth a visit if you’re around – their website is in the link section below.
Take a left onto the N25. Here you have 2 options. You can take the N25 for just under 5km South or take the R736. Personally, I try to avoid cycling on the national roads, purely because of the high speeds, although there is plenty of space from the passing traffic. Whatever way you decide, Carne is worth the trip for the scenery alone.
Our Lady’s Island
So continue out the R736 that will bring you all the way to our next stop off.
Depending on your chosen route you can come into Our Lady’s Island first or go via St Margarets. We headed for Our Lady’s Island first. Here you will see St. Iberius Church, the first or last site (depending on where you start) of our Norman Way Tour just beside Butlers Pub. A short cycle down the road after you will arrive at a spectacular view over the lake at Lady’s Island.
An interesting theory according to the book “‘King Arthur’s Battle for Britain’ by Eric Walmsley, is that Our Lady’s Island could be the legendary isle of Avalon – the final resting place of King Arthur. Now a Catholic pilgrimage site, there is a festival held every year on 15th August.
For more info on Our Lady’s Island, their website is listed below.
Carne Beach and Carnsore Point
Head on out the windy roads of Our Lady’s Island an take in the beautiful scenery. You will pass several thatched cottages and farmhouses along this, road.
Eventually, you will come to a fork in the road, you can go either way here. If you take the left turn it will bring you down to Carne Beach or the right turn by The Lobster pot will bring you to the looped road around Carinsore beach, the wind farm and back via Carne Beach. The seafood chowder (and a pint of Guinness) in the Lobster pot is worth stopping for at this point if you are hungry (or thirsty).
Carne beach is a great place for a swim and is very child-friendly as it is usually covered in shallow pools of water perfect for the little ones to splash in. On the opposite side of the pier, there is another beach where there are plenty of rock pools to keep kids of all ages busy for a while. You can walk this beach south as far as Carnsore but this is our next destination so no need.
When I think of Carnsore I remember being brought fishing when I was younger in all weather. It is truly a wild place. On a warm summers day, the winding roads around the base of the wind farm are an ideal place to take in all of the unusual flora and fauna.
Ruins of St. Vaugh’s Church
Taken from Our Lady’s Island: “The ruins of this church are situated near Cansore Point . Many unfortunate sailors who drowned off the coast were laid to rest here. Legend has it that the saint was wafted to Brittany on a floating boulder which returned when it had delivered him to the Continent where he died in 585 A.D. The stone is marked with a Chinese cross cut into its side. Most southeasterly point of Ireland”. From Carnsore head back passing The Lobster. Pot on your left.
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