Beaches in County Waterford – With an impressive 147km of rugged coastline that includes 49 picturesque beaches, no trip to Waterfords sunny southeast would be complete without a drive to at least one of its stunning beaches. Waterfords dramatic coastline is the result of The Celtic Sea which formed 2 peninsulas on each side of the county.
To the west of the county, the natural and beautiful peninsula is home to the historic seaside town of Ardmore and the Gaeltacht, a unique Native Irish-speaking region. Waterfords second peninsula, known as the East Waterford Gaultier Coast lies to the south-east of the city and contains the popular resort of Dunmore East. For those who live for dramatic coastlines and breath-taking scenery, the South East Coastal Drive, which begins at Wexford Town and finishes in Ardmore, ensures you can experience as many of these spectacular locations as possible.
Tramore Beach Resort is the leading seaside resort in the south East. Tramore is famous for its five kilometres golden and sandy beach which is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. The areas wide variety of amenities means this resort is one of the most popular in the regions. Tourists can enjoy activities such as swimming, sailing, surfing, rock fishing, sea kayaking, walking Irelands highest sand dunes, horse riding and beach angling.
There is also an amusement park with children friendly rides and an indoor water park complete with a heated swimming pool and two giant water slides at Splashworld.
The beach is situated next to the fishing village Dunmore East, just 15km south of Waterford City. With it's sandy beach and red sand stone cliffs the beach is a great place to visit.
There are also plenty other things to do in Dunmore including golfing, angling and a Adventure Center.
Located just 16km from Waterford City, Dunmore East is a beautifully charming fishing and seaside resort, famous for its prominent red sandstone cliffs. Dunmore East offers a variety of activities including golfing, fishing, cliff walking and water sports.
If you like coves then Dunmore beach is perfect for you. There are several secluded coves which include Stony Cove, Ladies Cove, Mens Cove and Badgers Cove. This sandy beach can be a wide expanse but might also diappear at high tide.
Dunmore beach is suitable for both, families and geologists. For the thrill-seeking tourist, the Dunmore East Adventure Centre offers both water and land-based activities appropriate for families, groups and individuals.
All the activities on offer such as wind surfing, power boating, archery and orienteering, are suitable for beginners and experts alike.
During the summer months, Dunmore plays host to a number of popular festivals including the Festival of Food, Fish and Fun and The Waterford Triathlon both of which take place in June and the extremely popular Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival which takes place in August.
The historic mining village of Bunmahon, located only 30 minutes from Waterford City, lies in the heart of the Copper Coast European Geopark. The Geopark gets its name from the thriving copper industry which was mined in Bunmahon, along with lead and silver, during the 1900s.
This is a five kilometres long and sandy beach backed by sand dunes with tall cliffs at each end. The sand dunes offer a wide range of different flora and fauna, including uncommon species. Bunmahon Beach is extremely popular with holidaymakers due to its picturesque golden beach and is in use all year round by surfers.
Other popular beaches include Ardmore, Clonea, Stradbally, Annestown and Boatstrand plus many, many more.