"Waterford - Port Lairge" County Waterford by pure1942

County Waterford Travel Guide: 303 reviews and 755 photos

The Deise County

I have lived in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, for the past four years and I have to say I am enjoying the experience so far. Having lived in a landlocked county for the first 22 years of my life, I have found it very enjoyable and refreshing to live in such close proximity to the coast. (I now live just 5 minutes from Clonea Beach - the very beach my family and I would drive an hour and a half to visit during my childhood!!!)

The county is often overlooked by visitors and tourists who tend to head straight to Cork and Kerry. Co. Waterford is definitely worth a trip if you are interested in breathtaking coastal scenery, pretty villages and towns and mountain and hill walking, swimming, boating, fishing and golf, all backed up by a good town and city nightlife and shopping in Waterford City.

Co. Waterford Highlights

Copper Coast
For me the most impressive attraction that Waterford possesses is the Copper Coast Geo Park and Coastal Drive. This stretch of coast line stretches from Dungarvan in the west all the way to Tramore in the east of the county. The scenery along the way can compete with the best that Ireland has to offer and you won't fight the crowds of Kerry, Clare or Antrim.
Small, quaint villages along the way such as Stradbally, Bunmahin and Annestown, all have small bays, beaches or coves where even on the sunniest of days, you may be lucky enough to have all to yourself.
Lismore
The Heritage Town of Lismore is used to being mentioned in travel writing as the home town of my favourite travel writer Dervla Murphy. However this is definitely not Lisore's only claim to fame. Beautiful Lismore Castle overlooks the River Blackwater as does the tall spire of St. Carthage's Cathedral. The town itself, although developed over the years as a tourist dependent town, has kept much of it's small town charm, with narrow streets, friendly locals and restrictions on central building developments. Walks around the nearby Ballysaggartmore Towers and surrounding woodlands are a nice way to spend an afternoon.
Dungarvan
As Co. Waterford's second biggest town after Waterford City, it isn't surprising that Dungarvan lacks the charm and peace of towns like Lismore and Cappoquin, but Dungarvan on a sunny day is a lovely place to stop for a look around on your way to Waterford City or the Copper Coast. The town is centred around Grattan Square to the west and Dungarvan Marina to the east. The busy shopping and commercial side to the Square and modern Shopping and Business Plaza contrasts with the scenic Marina, newly laid out adjacent park and quaint harbourside cottages all of which save Dugarvan from becoming just another modern Irish town. The surrounding countryside of Dungarvan is also a bonus with the Comeragh Mountains and Mahon Falls to the north, and Copper Coast starting just to the east.

Ring - An Rinn
Ring (An Rinn in Irish) is a gaeltacht (where Irish is the official first language) area located just outside Dungarvan. This headland jtting out into the sea, is the only official Irish speaking area in Co. Waterford and is Waterford's heartland when it comes to traditional Irish Music, Song, Dance and Language. The landscape and scenery on offer in the area is also another draw for visitors and the coastal walks along Helvick Head (Ceann Helbhic) are the best way of experiencing it.
Ardmore
Ardmore is located between Dungarvan and Youghal in Co. Cork and is another of Co. Waterford's gems. Siuated away from the main road on the coast, this sleepy, seaside village has been left largely untouched (apart from the unsightly caravan park). Apart from it's pristine beach, Ardmore also boasts one of Ireland's best preserved round towers.

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    Apr 5, 2009 at 6:58 AM

    Brian, fabulous overview of County Waterford. Back in the 1990's I once stayed a few days in Waterford and visited lovely Dunmore East and the tacky Tramore. You page brings back some memories of this time. Well done.

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