In 1171, King Henry II came sailing up the River Suir seeking out the Norman lord Strongbow in Waterford. While ploughing through the river, Henry passed the rugged Hook Peninsula to his right, and the small village of Crook to his left, nestled against the coast. As he went between the two, the king vowed to reach Waterford “by hook or by crook”. Out of such offhand quips, legendary phrases are born.
Waterford is a county that, to this day, keeps its proud history alive. Crook still exists, sitting beside the ocean, and the Hook Peninsula is considered one of Ireland’s most stunning stretches of coast. Here you'll find the striking Hook Lighthouse, striped in black and white. There's also the large mansion of Loftus Hall – thought to be the most haunted house in Ireland – and the monument that inspired William Wordsworth’s poetry, Tintern Abbey.