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Take a detour off the well-worn tourist trail and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Waterford. This part of Ireland is not as developed as other traditional visitor magnets, leaving its coastal charm intact and its country hideaways blissfully quiet.
The rugged coastal region of Ring, or An Rinn (meaning ‘the headland’) is one of Ireland’s better-known Gaeltacht areas. If you drive to Helvick Head at the peninsula’s edge, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the Comeragh Mountains, Dungarvan Bay, and the Copper Coast off to the northeast.
If you drive 6km north of Cappoquin, in the direction of the Knockmealdown mountains, you will arrive at a fully functioning monastery inhabited by 28 Trappist monks. Monks expelled from a monastery near Melleray in Brittany established Mount Melleray in 1832. Attached to the abbey are tearooms and a heritage centre.
Tramore means “big beach” in Irish, so it’s no surprise that this is County Waterford’s most popular seaside resort. The golden beach stretches out over 5km beach, backed by 30m sand dunes, and opening onto excellent surf. The seafront is lined with kitschy fairground attractions and fast food outlets, offering everything you need for a traditional seaside holiday.
The busy port of Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city, and some sections still feel medieval, with winding alleyways branching off the bigger streets. Reginald’s Tower represents the city’s Viking origins, and there are some charming Georgian homes and warehouses, as well as a cutting-edge museum on the quays.
Nestled on the banks of the River Blackwater, County Waterford’s “heritage town” is dominated by a graceful 19th-century castle and steeped in history. King Alfred of Wessex attended the 7th-century monastic university here, and even Fred Astaire attended his sister’s wedding at the castle. Picnic in the Millennium Gardens or take a leisurely walk stroll along Lady Louisa’s Walk to the cathedral.
Spraoi International Street Arts Festival is an uplifting summer event staged over three days in August. Enjoy dance, performance, mime, acrobatics, music, and comedy performed on the streets, squares and quays of Waterford.
Established in 2002, Waterford’s Imagine Arts Festival is a celebration of all that is creative and original about Waterford Art. Staged in October, it features Music from rock to reggae and trad to jazz, literature, theatre, film, and comedy.
The ultimate in comfort food, the blaa is a doughy, white bread roll particularly associated with Waterford. Reputedly brought to the city at the end of the 17th century by the Huguenots, the word is said to be derived from the French words blanc (white) or blé (used for certain types of flour).
The Bishop’s Palace in Waterford City provides a fascinating glimpse of what Waterford was like between 1700 and 1970. The museum is particularly well laid out, with guided tours by knowledgeable hosts, and the collections of 18th-century architecture, silverware, and glassware are unrivalled. A standout exhibit is the oldest piece of Waterford Crystal in the world - a decanter made in the 1780’s.
The Comeragh Drive is a loop around the Comeragh Mountains from Dungarvan that takes in a wonderfully scenic but blissfully uncrowded corner of Ireland. Park at Mahon Falls to view the cascade and enjoy stunning views of the mountains and valleys all the way around. Relax after the drive in the pleasant seaside resort of Dungarvan.
1.1km from Ballyduff
Relax at one of these recently renovated, 4-star self-catering cottages near the Blackwater River, just 1.5 Km from Ballyduff village.
The self-catering properties are situated on the Cork-Waterford boundary and are an ideal location from which to discover the breathtaking beauty of the Blackwater Valley.
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8.1km from Kilmacthomas
This holiday home sleeps up to six people, with two double bedrooms and one twin room. It also offers a combined kitchen/dining area, well-equipped with ceramic hob and fan-assisted oven, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and toaster. The dining area has a TV and radio/CD player, and there is an electric coal-effect fire in the sitting room.
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8.3km from Kilmacthomas
Stay at a beautiful holiday home in a scenic coastal area with delightful views of the County Waterford coastline. The holiday home has two double bedrooms and two twin rooms, sleeping up to 8 people. The kitchen is well equipped with a ceramic hob, fan-assisted oven, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and toaster. There are TVs in the dining area and siitting room, which also has an electric coal-effect fire and DVD/CD player.
0.5km from Dunmore East
This delightful holiday home is located just 20 minutes from Waterford and Tramore. It is also within walking distance of local amenities including the beach, pubs restaurants, local walks, and a fishing village. The holiday home is extremely comfortable, with a patio area, sun room, and car parking. Bed linen and towels are supplied free. Local activities include golf, fishing, and walking, and there is an adventure centre located nearby. A picturesque village located at the mouth of Waterford Harbour, Dunmore East is a very popular holiday destination.
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0.1km from Dungarvan
For the finest accommodation in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, stay at a superbly designed, comfortable, and stylish self catering lodge perfect for all the family. The 4-bedroom lodges provide superior self catering on the grounds of a hotel and leisure centre and are 2 minutes' walk from the 1st tee on the adjoining golf course.
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0.1km from Dunmore East
With a superb location near Counsellors Strand on the outskirts of the fishing village of Dunmore East, County Waterford, this is the perfect destination for a family holiday. Each well-designed semi-detached property contains three bedrooms: one double room with en-suite facilities and two twin rooms, sleeping a total of six people. Additional features include a family bathroom, and a tastefully furnished open-plan kitchen/living/dining area featuring an electric cooker, a dishwasher, a microwave and a washer/dryer.
This charming cottage is located in the spectacular Blackwater Valley near Ballyduff Upper in County Waterford. It is ideally located for a relaxing break in the peace and tranquillity of the Irish countryside. The holiday home is semi-detached and recently renovated to excellent modern standards. It is exquisitely designed and provides every comfort to make sure your stay is as relaxing as possible.
16.4km from Aglish
This charming thatched cottage in the beautiful Blackwater Valley is under 2km from Aglish village. A famine cottage, with a traditional half-door, it is lovingly restored and includes a large peat-burning open fire. You are just a walk from village amenities including a shop, pub, petrol station, and church.
2km from Ardmore
This property is located 2km from the picturesque seaside village of Ardmore, a tranquil spot with plenty to do and see. Two of the area's beaches are just a 5-minute walk from the apartment, and the village is home to such restaurants as the White Horses and the Michelin-starred Cliff House Hotel restaurant. For those feeling active, there are a number of easy to medium walks along the breathtaking cliffs.
4.1km from Dungarvan
This cluster of beautiful semi-detached cottages is located on the edge of Dungarvan Bay, 5.5 km from Dungarvan Town in County Waterford. Set within the grounds of a hotel and leisure centre, the cottages have easy access to the playground, leisure centre, pub, and restaurant. Each of the 16 properties faces a central area equipped with playground equipment and plenty of grass for kicking a ball around, making this the perfect location for families with small children.
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