Rosslare is a beautiful town in County Wexford in Ireland, only ninety miles away from Dublin, so it’s easily within driving distance. It’s been a popular destination with tourists for over one-hundred years, as it’s known for being a great seaside resort, so if you’re keen on beaches, it’s definitely the place for you. Due to its location, it gets the most sun in Ireland (about three-hundred more hours than anywhere else per year). There’s plenty to see and do, especially if you take the car using one of the many ferry crossings from Ireland. In fact, why not keep it simple and drive the family over on the ferry from Pembroke and have a beach break?

Fishguard and Pembroke are the main ferry ports in Wales with services sailing to Rosslare (which take around three and a half hours), although if you’re exploring, it’s an easy drive from Dublin. The port in Rosslare is only about eight kilometres away from the centre of town.

The beaches in Rosslare and long and sandy. Although they can get busy during the summer months, it’s still definitely worth a visit. Carne beach is one of the best beaches in the area, with great seas for swimmers. The beach can be found between Carnsore Point and Rosslare Harbour. And it’s also a great place to visit if you’re a keen fisherman. The local beaches provide a number of boats for hire, but if deep-sea fishing is more your thing, you can take a short drive to Kilmore Quay.

Kilmore Quay is also the perfect place to explore local flora and fauna. From here you can take a boat across to the Saltee Islands, where a number of locals and tourists alike go for a spot of bird watching. Rosslare Point is also a great place to bird watch, as it’s a key point in their migration route.

Rosslare is also great for golfing enthusiasts. There are plenty of courses dotted around the town. Rosslare Golf Club is the most popular, which has two eighteen-hole courses, and is open to non-members. Another good choice is St. Helen’s bay Golf Club.

If you’re a keen cyclist, Rosslare is definitely the place for you. Strap your bike to your car roof and explore the beautiful flat surrounding areas of County Wexford by bicycle. And just a short cycle or drive away is the National Heritage Park in Wexford town. If you’ve left the car at home, you can hire bikes or cars from the centre of town.

If you’re driving from Dublin, you can take the N25 to Wexford then on to the N11. If you want to travel onwards to Cork or Waterford, drive along the N25. Cork is about ninety miles drive, Waterford is only about twenty-eight miles, and Belfast is one-hundred and sixty miles.

Rosslare is a great base for exploring Ireland, and a great stopover destination if you’re doing a European driving tour. Once you tire of Rosslare, you can even journey onwards to France. Go back to the main port and you’ll be able to catch ferries to Cherbourg and Roscoff, depending on the time of year.