Visiting Youghal

What to see and do in Youghal, Ireland

Visit the lovely coastline around Youghal. While Youghal only became part of Ireland as late as 1209, the history of this small coastal town goes back as far as the 9th century, when the Norse first settled here. Moreover, archaeologists uncovered fossils proving the existence of a Neolithic settlement in the area and its vicinity. Youghal is one of the cities in Ireland where tourists can admire antique buildings, such as the Saint Mary’s Collegiate Church or the Myrtle Grove. As a fun fact, this town was the first one in Great Britain to elect a Jewish mayor. The port is one of the most impressive features of this town, and parts of the movie Moby were filmed near it. Youghal is located on the estuary of the Blackwater River, along the coastline of East County Cork and has become a popular tourist destination since the 1950s. While the inhabitants hit a rough patch in the 1970s due to the decline of the textile industry, it has been restored to its former glory in the 1990s when the government allocated massive funding to rebuilding the town. Nowadays, the beaches of Youghal are one of the most revered vacation destinations in the entire Ireland.

Getting to Youghal

Youghal is about 30 miles from Cork, and the Swansea to Cork ferry route would be the most convenient to arrive at. However, Rosslare is just the other side of Waterford, and about a 2 hours' drive.

Moving on from Youghal

If you visit Youghal during a driving tour of Ireland, there are several places you could drive to next. Cork would be the obvious next stop if you are travelling south west, or Waterford if you are travelling north east. Cobh, with it's historic port, is just a short hop away from Cork,

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