In terms of landscape assessment, Co Wexford is divided into four landscape character units: uplands, lowlands, river valleys and coastal. The coastal unit is subdivided into its two geographical components: the east coast of the county and the south coast. The South Wexford Coast, otherwise known as the ‘Coastal South’ landscape character unit, comprises ten ‘Landscapes of Greater Sensitivity’ in the following four categories.

  • Coastal promontories: The Hook Peninsula, Forlorn Point and Carnsore Point.
  • Waterbodies: Bannow Bay, Ballyteige Burrow, Tacumshin Lake and Lady’s Island Lake.
  • Islands: Keeragh Islands and Saltee Islands.
  • Slobs: Inish and Ballyteige Slob.

(Source: Wexford County Development Plan 2013-2019, Volume 3: ‘Landscape Character Assessment’).


Ten landscape units on the South Wexford Coast.

(Source: Wexford County Development Plan 2013-2019, Volume 1: ‘Written Statement’, extract from Map 13 between pages 335 and 336).