annual Guinness Bluegrass Music Festival takes place here every August.
Dungarvan is a thriving market town and medieval port. The Old Market House Arts Centre features work of local, national and international artists. The Dungarvan Museum recounts the history of the town and the 12th century motte and bailey at Gallows Hill survives to this day. There’s lots to do in Dungarvan, from water sports and deep-sea fishing to fine dining and shopping.
With 5km of sandy beaches, Tramore is a popular seaside resort. A lively town, Tramore has something for all the family from amusements, surfing, sailing and kayaking to cliff walking, golfing.
To the west of the county lies the seaside village of Ardmore. Ardmore was originally a 5th century monastic settlement, founded by St Declan. Ardmore is famous for its 12th century Round Tower, one of the finest examples of this type of structure in Ireland. Walking, game fishing and horse riding are all on offer, and these, along with quality guesthouse accommodation, make this an ideal rural retreat.
Cappoquin is a quiet market town in West Waterford at the head of the Blackwater River estuary. The area offers scenic walks and angling. The 18th century Cappoquin House and Gardens in the centre of the town are open to the public.
The beautiful town of Lismore was once home to an internationally important 6th century monastery sacked by the Vikings. Lismore was later developed as an estate town and its rich history can be explored at the Heritage Centre in the old courthouse. Lismore was overall winner of the south east regional award in the 2006 Tidy Towns Competition. A visit is a must to Lismore Heritage Centre and Lismore Castle and Gardens.
The Waterford Estuary provides a unique touring opportunity, taking in a number of pretty villages and clean, sandy beaches. Just east of Waterford City, the estuary drive passes through Passage and down to Dunmore East. The area has excellent accommodation, friendly pubs and good restaurants.
West of Waterford City lies The Copper Coast, one of the most
scenic stretches of rugged coastline in Ireland. This fine stretch of coastline passes through the villages of Fenor, Annestown, Boatstrand, Bunmahon and Stradbally, with Dunhill just inland. The Copper Coast European Geopark offers an excellent guided trail of the area.
Inland is the quiet market town of Kilmacthomas, an ideal centre for setting out on walking tours of the Comeragh Mountains.
Ring, or An Rinn in Irish, is a scenic Gaeltacht area south of Dungarvan where Irish (Gaeilge) is the first language of the people. Its people, beautiful scenery, seascape and above all its cultural vitality make Ring a unique place to visit.
The South East Coastal Drive offers stunning views of rock formation, coves and imposing headlands and, often in the distance, vibrantly coloured fishing boats. The route is well sign posted. The Waterford section of the drive from Passage and Dunmore East in the east takes in the towns of Tramore, Dungarvan and many smaller villages until it reaches Ardmore in the west.
Tramore and Dungarvan.
Swimming, shore fishing, surfing and beautiful coastal walks are just some of the attractions of these popular get-aways. Elsewhere, the scenic fishing village of Dunmore East offers excellent seafood and angling. Other coastal villages include Passage East, Stradbally and Ring, the centre of a thriving Irish speaking community.
The ancient port of Waterford, shaped by the Vikings in the 9th century, is today the region’s cosmopolitan capital city where modern shopping centres, traditional pubs and gourmet restaurants sit side by side with well preserved remnants of its ancient past. The famous Waterford Crystal brand is celebrated at the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre, a must see visitor attraction. To the west of the county, nestled close to the Comeragh Mountains, lie the pretty towns of Lismore, Cappoquin, an Ballymacarbry along the Nire Valley. This is a natural playground for equestrian, walking, angling, watersports and cycling holidays in a county that truly has something for everyone.
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