Dunmore East wasn’t on the original route for our Irish adventure but the more we thought about Garrettstown campsite, and the more we discussed it the more and more we thought it wasn’t the most suitable campsite for us, and this resulted with us scrapping the idea of staying at site and finding an alternative and this ended up being Dunmore East Holiday Park. We only needed two nights at Dunmore East Holiday Park leaving us one day which to explore the village of Dunmore East.
With our visit to Dunmore East unplanned and of the cuff we didn’t have the chance to do any research on Dunmore East or what there is to do in Dunmore East so it was a case of winging it. Since we needed some supplies we had the perfect excuse to walk down to the village and see what’s what. In the past I have made the mistake of going to a village, spending a few hours walking around it looking for a shop before returning to the site, unsuccessful. Since that day I have always asked campsite owners/staff where the nearest shop is, so this on the list before heading off.
Dunmore East Holiday Park is located on a hill overlooking village and this was our start point. There is a private pathway from the campsite headed towards the village which meant we could avoid the golf course and make the journey to the village a little shorter. The view from the meadow looking towards the village is stunning, and right away I knew there were going to be loads of photo opportunities. The route to the village was downhill, very easy going and also pleasing to the eye.
Finding the shop in Dunmore East (a Centra and a Spar) didn’t take too long, and rather than getting the essentials and heading back to the campsite we thought we would walk down to the harbour and then work our way back to the shops.
I like water, I like boats and I like fishing so I found a tour of the harbour interesting. The fishing industry has all but died where I live back home so it was great to see a harbour full of fishing boats all rigged up and good to go. The harbour was a busy area, not from tourists milling about but from fishermen and dockworkers going about their daily lives. I found observing a working harbour fascinating and I could have stayed there for hours, and had it not been for my better half whinging about moving on I would have. I wanted to get closer to the action, not least to take a few photos, but I couldn’t identify whether the harbour/docks were open to the public or not. I didn’t see any “no entry” signs and the like, and I did see a few people (who were clearly not fishermen or dock workers) walking around but I couldn’t work out what the etiquette was.
I don’t like getting in the way, especially when people are trying to get on with their lives and earn a living so I thought it best to stay near the harbour wall out of the way, and watch from a distance. I was gutted I only had my wide angle lens with me and that I left the tele-lens back in the motorhome, but that’s the way it goes at times. I did manage to fire off a few shots, but none I am overly happy with. Oh well…….
During our Irish adventure we had not experienced any “real life” and had only come across the tourist trade and workers in the tourist trade. Seeing a bit of the real Ireland was good and definitely added something extra to our trip.
After the harbour we started the walk back to the shops, and but first in need of refreshment we made a decision to stop of at Bay Café for a drink and a sausage roll. This café, together with the Lemon Tree café was mentioned in the Lonely Planet Guide book of Ireland and since we reached the Bay café first we stopped there. The other reason for stopping at the Bay Café was because (according to our guide book) it was cheaper, and I refuse to spend loads of money on a pot of tea and a straight coffee.
The Bay Café is very nice, and has an interesting selection of food and drink on the menu. The day was dull, grey, miserable and also in low season so getting a table outside was easy. There are great views over the harbor from Bay Café although I was more interested in playing with the (very tame) sparrows and trying to encourage one to take a bit of sausage roll off the edge of the table. I have to give credit to one particularly brave sparrow who would hover a few centimetres from the edge of the table but was not quite brave enough to claim the prize. I did brush the piece of sausage roll on the floor at the end (I am not that cruel) and when the wife went to use the rest room the brave sparrow decided to come and sit on the table opposite me – one of the highlights of the day
Full of caffeine and sausage roll (minus a bit for the sparrow) and shopping all done and dusted we decided to stop off at all the coves and bays along the way back to the campsite. The coast where we live is sandy and flat, and the Irish coast is totally the opposite. The numerous bays and coves, and the rugged coastline is still a novelty to me (even though we have seen plenty of it during our trip) and it is something I will never tire of. The bays and coves we visited comprised Stony Cove, Bishop Cove and Ladies Cove, and whilst they were all pretty much the same each one had its own little quirk and all of them were beautiful. I had carried a fishing rod and some tackle on our Irish adventure and I was desperate to cast a line when I left home. Despite looking for fishing spots in all of the coastal sites we have visited I only found a couple and both of these were at Wavecrest campsite and because of the way the tide fell, our itinerary etc. I only managed a few hours fishing. The clear waters of all of these coves looked “fishy” and I could easily see myself spending a few hours at any one of them with a line in the water. Whether any of the coves are suitable for fishing, I have no idea but I am sure someone around the village would know. Because of the time restraints fishing at Dunmore East was out of the question, which was a real shame. If only I’d known about Dunmore East before we left for our Irish trip……
As well as checking out the coves we also took a trip through the (small) park to admire the flowers and the tropical looking plants/foliage. For such a small village Dunmore East has a large (and beautiful) park. Walking out of the village and towards the campsite it was time to start hiking the steep incline all the way to the campsite.
Dunmore East is a small village, but there is plenty to do and from our whistle stop tour we found you can:-
For such a small village there is plenty to do, and it is definitely an area I could easily spend two or three days. It’s a real shame we found this gem of a place on the last leg of our Irish adventure and when we only had one complete day to play with.
A taster of Dunmore East......
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