Celtic Coast: eat, sleep, do

Lighthouse stays, fresh seafood, and mountain hikes on the Celtic Coast in Ireland’s Ancient East

Wicklow Lighthouse
Great For
  • Food and Drink
  • History
  • Relaxing
  • Nature
  • Known For

    Award-winning restaurants | Castle hotels | World-class golf courses

Celtic Coast Eat

Wicklow has a knack for producing excellent cafés. Among the finest are those of the Avoca group, where the focus is on tasty salads and excellent pastries.

Further south, Wexford’s Lobster Pot serves up stunning seafood, brought fresh that day from the southern seas. Still in Wexford, Marlfield House gets fine dining just right in the Conservatory Restaurant.

Meanwhile, in Waterford, Bodéga prides local produce over all, with a focus on Irish and international dishes. 

West of Waterford, in the heritage town of Youghal, County Cork, Aherne’s is famed for simply cooked, beautifully fresh seafood.


Few places to stay can beat Wicklow Lighthouse for sheer drama. Run by the Irish Landmark Trust, this octagonal tower was built over 130 years ago. Also in Wicklow, find five-star luxury at the Powerscourt Hotel, located on the eponymous estate.

In Waterford, the Cliff House Hotel serves up jaw-dropping sea views and food from one of Europe’s most exciting chefs, Martijn Kajuiter. Sitting on its own island in the same county, Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort is an oasis of calm featuring stone carvings dating to the 8th century.

Over in County Cork, the award-winning Ballyvolane House is the epitome of a handsome Irish country guesthouse.

Celtic Coast Do

RELAX: Considered one of Europe’s leading spa destinations, Monart in Wexford is beautiful outside and in. Landscaped gardens and thermal suites are just two highlights. Relaxing comes easy, too, at Faithlegg House Hotel’s Estuary Spa in Waterford, especially under the spell of the 'Holistic Total Immersion' treatment.

VISIT: Experience some of Cork’s south coast at the eerie Spike Island Prison or the dramatically located Ballycotton Lighthouse. On Wexford’s coast, the Saltee Islands are a haven for gannets, gulls, puffins and grey seals.

WALK: The Wicklow Mountains National Park is a hiking/walking playground. Boggy landscape makes for easy going underfoot and the Wicklow Way features a range of routes from easy to difficult. The Comeragh Mountains, too, deserve special mention, with views from Coumshingaun particularly impressive.

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