Bird Watching Kilmore Quay

Kilmore Quay is a good sized fishing harbour in County Wexford, on the South East Coast of Ireland. The village is a great spot to view some traditional thatched cottages. There are some restaurants, craft shops and a popular ice cream shop! Several charter boats and ferry services operate from the harbour. Sea angling charters are popular. Kilmore Quay is also the departure point for the ferry service to the Saltee Islands. And it is a popular destination for bird watching in Ireland.

There are two long quays in the harbour. It is worth checking Kilmore harbour for gulls. A large parking area overlooks a stoney beach to your left as you leave the harbour. This is a good place to park, and there are public toilets available. The walk along the shoreline takes you to an old small harbour and a rocky promontory that juts out into the bay. There is a memorial located hear to remember those lost at sea.

Walk past the memorial and there is a long grassy walkway that takes you through the dunes. You can follow this trail all the way to the beach and then walk back along the beach to Kilmore Quay. This is along walk and will take at least an hour.

I yo want to go bird watching on Great Saltee Island, you can book a ferry service to the Island here: If you arrive at Kilmore Quay early in the morning, you can explore the area and then get the ferry to the island at 12 Noon. It will return at 4.00 PM. Please note, you must book the ferry in advance.  It is just a 15 minute journey to Great Saltee Island.