Passage East Beach

Passage East Beach - County Waterford
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Passage East is a charming little fishing village set on the sloping banks of the estuary of the rivers Barrow and Suir. It is home to a long, sandy beach which stretches around 3 miles southwards, to the village of Woodstown.
Towards low tide you can walk the length of the beach whilst taking in the views across the estuary to Duncannon and to Hook Head at the river mouth.

Passage East is also a great spot to watch the comings and goings on the river. It is home to the Suir River Pilot Service which guides larger ships upstream.

The beach at Passage East made it into the international news back in 2010 when a message in a bottle washed up here. The note, in French, had been sent by two Canadian girls eight years before.

Passage East can be easily reached from Waterford city and also by ferry from Ballyhack on the Wexford side of the estuary.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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  • Good fishing


  • Toilets
  • Town centre nearby
  • Pub nearby

Nearest town


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