WALKING /RUNNING ROUTES
One of the most unique aspects of Waterford is that there is such a variety of scenery such as coastal, forest, mountains, nature and railway. All of this makes Waterford an ideal county for those who enjoy an active break away. There are an abundance of walking or running routes available including:
- Kilclooney Wood
- Dunmore East Coastal Walk
- Tramore Donerail
- Waterford City Slí na Sláinte Walk
- Mahon Falls Walk
- Dromona Woods
- Waterford Nature Park
- Waterford City Walking Tours
- Comeragh Mountains Walk
- Dunmore East Woods Walk
- Waterford Greenway
For a list of all Waterford walking and jogging routes visit: Website
Or map your route by following the below link: Website
Click below for information and maps on driving routes from Waterford City, including The Urban Triangle, By Hook or by Crooke, The Coast and Mountains, The River Valley and The Vee Drive. Website
The Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford.
The Kelly Spin is a family event which takes place in August and is open to all - cyclists under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
This event takes place in Dungarvan, largely on the scenic cycle track taking in Abbeyside, Clonea and the Gold Coast (Routes)
There are plenty of options to choose from when looking for a cycle route in Waterford, from coastal to a strenuous mountain route, there is something for everyone.
The Old railway line from Waterford City to Dungarvan is a spectacular 46km off-road cycling and walking trail which travels through time and nature across eleven bridges, three tall viaducts and a long atmospheric tunnel, all the way from the river to the sea.
Waterford Cycle Tours
Waterford Cycling Tours is based in the heart of Waterford City and offers daily tours, lasting approximately two hours. The City Tours include the People’s Park Waterford, The City Quays, Bilberry Rock, Ballybricken and the historic Viking Triangle, Museums and Waterford Crystal.
Longer Tours take in the coastline of the Sunny South East around the areas of Dunmore East, Tramore, Passage East and the Hook Lighthouse in County Wexford.
Click on the link for more cycling Routes around Waterford
With fifteen of Ireland’s most spectacular and historic visitor gardens, the Waterford Garden Trail is a must for nature lovers.
Visiting a garden in Waterford is an especially rich experience, as many of the great old houses and historic estates also offer guided tours of their properties, which give the visitor a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Waterford’s rich heritage. Take in the beauty of places such as Abbey Road Gardens, Ballyin Gardens, Black Water Garden Centre, Cappoquin House and Gardens, Curraghmore House and Gardens, Dromona House and Gardens, Easter Island Garden Centre, Fairbrook House Gardens and Museum, Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, Mount Congreve, Salterbridge House and Gardens, Shady Plants Fern Nursery and Gardens, Tourin House and Gardens.
A short drive from the Granville Hotel is the coastal town of Tramore. Renowned for surfing and its beautiful strand, there are many activities available in Tramore such as The T-Bay Surf & Eco Centre, the only purpose built surf centre in Ireland. Plenty of other surfing opportunities also exist such as Freedom Surf School, Tramore Surf School and Oceanics Surf School. Splashworld, Oceanics Surf School, Pirates Adventure, Pitch and Foot, Tramore Golf Club, the newly opened Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens and in Summer the Tramore Amusement Park.
Dunmore East Adventure Centre is situated on the southeast coast of Ireland, in the picturesque fishing village of Dunmore East, Co. Waterford.
It is renowned for its idyllic sailing and water sports conditions. The Adventure Centre provides land and water based outdoor activities for both the complete beginner and the practiced expert. Activities can be organised for groups, individuals, adults and kids.
Located next to the beach in the stunning setting of Ardmore Bay in Waterford, the Ardmore Adventures offers exciting activities such as Sea Kayacking, Surfing, Rock Climbing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Snorkeling.
Take a trip in a period rail carriage in the beautiful Suir Valley with panoramic views of the River Suir. The Suir Valley Railway is an ideal activity for families. Children of all ages will enjoy this historic and beautiful experience. Make sure to keep an eye out for the magical forest!
For avid hillwalkers or for those who wish for a quiet and easy ramble the Comeragh Mountains have something for everyone. Described by some as 'Ireland's Best Kept Secret' the Comeraghs offer everything from a dramatic waterfall down a cliff face to the mystery of the ‘magic road’ which runs through the gap of the range. In all weathers the beauty of the Comeragh Mountain range is clear to see, with stunning views and majestic landscape you will not be disappointed.
The Copper Coast is a stretch of the southern coast of Ireland in County Waterford, extending for some 17 km from Kilfarrasy in the east to Stradbally in the west. It is named for the historic metal-mining industry, the legacies of which now constitute a tourist attraction. The area was declared a European Geopark in 2001 and a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2004. This geologically diverse area contains records of Palaeozoic volcanism and the last ice age - a heritage which is interpreted locally for the visitor. The geopark trust maintains a visitor centre at Monksland Church in Knockmahon
Waterfords premier escape room. No matter what your puzzle solving ability is, you will be able to thoroughly enjoy the different escape rooms which have all been rigourously play tested. You begin with briefing session and then you are locked in with 60 minutes on the clock, you and your group will need to work together to solve puzzles, riddles, combinations and more to escape before time runs out! Ideal for small groups.
FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN
Waterford has plenty to offer for young and old, please find below some suggested activities for children:
Parks and Playgrounds:
People's Park in the City Centre has fully fitted childrens playgrounds, seperated into sections for younger and older children. Also a wonderful safe environment to go for a lovely walk with the whole family.
Waterford Nature Park is located just outside the City Centre, this 150 approx acre site is an oasis in the midst of busy city life. including a 2km walkway and a mix of paths on tarmacadam and paths mown through meadow, this park is an ideal place to unwind and spend a day with nature.
Tramore All Aboard Inclusion Playpark has wonderful facilities which enable children of all abilities to enjoy all the park has to offer.
Activate Waterford is the city’s most innovative indoor family activity centre. It offers a wide range of activities including a children’s soft play area, bowling, climbing & bouldering, a state of the art 3D cinema, Nerf ™Wars, Roller Disco, mini golf and a café. Activate is a locally owned, family run business. It promises a great day out that provides challenges and fun activities for all ages. Activate has been designed with adults, teens and children in mind and is fully wheelchair accessible.
Hawkeye Falconry offers you the Bird of Prey experience of a lifetime. This, the noblest of all field sports, gives you the unique opportunity to personally fly, handle, feed and interact with some of the world’s most amazing Bird’s of Prey. Skilled Falconers will educate and entertain as you learn some amazing facts about these magnificent birds. You will witness birds swooping from the heavens, gliding through the trees and feel the wind from the Eagle Owl’s wings as she flies to your gloved hand ….. and lots more!
There are a huge amount of activities in Tramore suitable for all the family. Why not try something different like Sea Paddling?
Other activities include:
Waterford is renowned for it's fantastic surfing locations. Our Copper Coast is fringed with sandy beaches. Many of these beautiful spots rival the West of Ireland for surfing! If you're an avid surfer or a beginner, there are pleny of spots to enjoy this past-time. Check out our list below! Tramore Whiting Bay Bunmahon
On Duncannon beach, you can now avail of Kitesurfing lessons with Hooked Kitesurfing. Learn as an individual or with a group, this family friendly activity is the perfect way to spend any day!
Karuna Day Spa & Wellness Centre is an urban haven of tranquility for both men & women to relax and nurture the body, mind & spirit. Located in the heart of Waterfords Viking Triangle and adjacent to the beautiful Marina, the spa boasts six treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge and a private bath & shower facility, comfortably catering for individuals, couples or groups.
Waterford Camino Tours provide guided tours along Waterford's Greenway, Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast. There is a Camino package for those interested in spiritual walks, trails and cycling with more energetic team building activities for sports groups and a gentle Camino for those less active.