Am in Ireland at the moment visiting my wife's family with our two young children one of whom is just over two years of age and the other just three months old and as it was a glorious day yesterday we decided to go on day trip to the seaside with the whole family. We decided to venture to Courtown which is located near to the town of Gory in County Wexford. It has been billed as Ireland's premier seaside resort and I have to admit I found it much nicer and more relaxing that some of the UK's beach resorts.
As you drive down you can catch a glimpse of the fantastic modern looking harbour and looks as though it is going from strength to strength. It is stunning and fitting for tourists from all over the country or from abroad.
We drove into the seaside village which looked lovely as we drove in. There is plenty of accomodation there but one thing for me that spoilt the scenery slightly was the apartment blocks on the right as you drive down the main street. I guess it's development but looks a little bit out of place amongst this quiet village. Tourists have been coming to this wonderful place since the mid 1800's and the village itself is steeped in history that is both fascinating and vast. The name in fact dates back to 1278 and the harbour construction began as far back as the 1800's at a cost of nearly £25,000 to complete. This construction though really put Courtown on the map and tourists flocked.
The beach was very nice and unlike some you find was very sandy and great for our son to play in. It was pretty busy yesterday but not so packed that you couldn't find a place to sit down as there are many coves and spaces further along the beach front if you take the time to investigate.
In addition to the beaches there is a fabulous woodland walk you can take if that's what you like to do. There is also a leisure centre that looks pretty modern complete with water slide and also an adventure area where there were numerous people trying out abseiling. If it's amusement arcades you're into you will find them too as this quaint little seaside village offers everything you could want for a day out.
If you've ever in Ireland in the summer then this place is well worth the visit for it's scenery and activities for kids. I really enjoyed the day and hope that it retains much of it's beauty and doesn't fall foul to too much development.