Hook Head (Irish: Rinn Duáin) is a headland in County Wexford, Ireland located on the east side of the estuary of the three sisters rivers (the Nore, Suir and the Barrow). It is part of the Hook peninsula and is adjacent to the historic townland of Loftus Hall. It is situated on the R734, 50 km (31 mi) from Wexford town.
Hook Head is said to have found its way into common English usage in the saying “By Hook or by Crook.” It is claimed that the phrase is derived from a vow to take Waterford by Hook (on the Wexford side of Waterford Estuary) or by Crook (a village on the Waterford side) made by Oliver Cromwell.
This area is renowned as the location of Hook Lighthouse, the oldest working lighthouse in the world. Access to the lighthouse is by guided tours only which are available all year around. At the foot of the light house there is a cafe, gift shop and a maritime exhibition.
On the guided tour you will be guided up the 115 well worn spiral steps of the tower, exploring the thick walled chamber, with each ascending step trail the daily and nightly ritual of every light keeper who served at Hook Lighthouse.
Hook Head is a Special Protected Area (SPA) under Irish & EU legislation. SPAs are areas that are of European importance specifically for bird species. The Hook Head area is of special importance due to the presence bird species, fossils, sea-life and its vegetated sea cliffs.
Less than one hour in length take the Ring of Hook Coastal Drive to soak up the stunning coastal rural scenery this beautiful part of Ireland has to offer, while catching sight of some of our county’s most important built heritage.
“Had the pleasure of staying in this fabulous hotel with my husband on a few occasions. From the comfort of the bed to the warmth and thorough cleanliness of the room and a great shower we could not have asked for more. The Irish breakfast plus bowl of fruit were of highest standard. The owners were most welcoming and helpful. Within three min walk to the beach I would highly recommend this hotel for a mini break.”
bonane64 | Dublin, Ireland
“As impromptu walk-in quests we did not have high expectations but Richard and the staff of Fort Conan Hotel went above and beyond to surpass any preconceived notions one could have from not having made a reservation. The hotel has a homely comfortable feel and our room had a balcony and a spectacular view of the bay. We were made to feel very comfortable and enjoyed the full Irish breakfast in the morning. We will definitely go back to this hotel the next time we visit Duncannon, but will book the room in advance next time! The hospitality and friendliness of the people here is really amazing. The hotel is within walking distance of some great restaurants and the beachfront. The views here are amazing.”
jimredmond2000 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“Very pleasant stay the couple that run it are so nice to everybody nothing is too much to ask of them food is very good too lovely breakfast and plenty of it very good value for me and my family for the weekend”
“I stayed here back in April, and just loved the place, it is everything you would look for in a hotel. It is clean and tidy family run hotel and Helene the owner is just a lady ,she would give up part of her day just to help you with something. She is very welcoming, friendly and helpful in every way as is all her staff. It is a great location in a seaside village on the Wexford coast. The food is excellent with good portions and a great menu.
I would highly recommend a stay in this Hotel.”
“Absolute gem of a place. Spent the day kayaking with shielbaggan outdoor pursuits. Owners were very welcoming, a home away from home. The entire hotel and rooms were spotless, great nights sleep and a fab breakfast in the morning. Owners went above and beyond for our group.”
“This was a lovely little mom and pop hotel that I loved. Close to the water. The town was cute and the rooms were clean. Nothing fancy just a great place to stay the night. The hotel has a restaurant and the food was good.”
8Ilovetotravel | Palm Beach, Florida
“I had an absolutely fabulous nights stay with Richard and Helena at the Fort Conan; gorgeous comfortable room, delicious breakfast and such warm and genuine hosts and other staff. They were willing to go above and beyond for me even down to the random request of a torch when I arrived because I was headed down to Loftus Hall for the night and forgot to bring one! The breakfast was to die for and the other lady serving (I didn’t get her name) with Helena ensured I knew I could get a top up of hot milk in my hot chocolate if I felt the need.
Could not have gone wrong staying here and I nearly wish I’d been staying longer. I’ll be back without a doubt, thank you guys for a lovely night!”
“Had the pleasure of staying in this fabulous hotel with my husband on a few occasions. From the comfort of the bed to the warmth and thorough cleanliness of the room and a great shower we could not have asked for more. The Irish breakfast plus bowl of fruit were of highest standard. The owners were most welcoming and helpful. Within three min walk to the beach I would highly recommend this hotel for a mini break”
bonane64, Dublin, Ireland
“Absolute gem of a place. Spent the day kayaking with Shielbaggan outdoor pursuits. Owners were very welcoming, a home away from home. The entire hotel and rooms were spotless, great nights sleep and a fab breakfast in the morning. Owners went above and beyond for our group.”
“Elaine and Richard were very welcoming, warm and most genuine people we have ever met. Their attention to detail, care and desire to help made us feel at home straight away! We came as a big family and felt wanted and cared for. The service , the attitude and the breakfast were exceptional! We will surely be back again! Thank you for being so hospitable, attentive, sensitive and hard working!
From Luba and Kieran in Ireland, County Kildare”