Waterford’s location means that you are never far away from picturesque countryside, rugged mountains or sandy beaches that hug the wild Atlantic coastline. Waterford's unique landscape provides endless opportunities for activities, sports and adventures to suit everyone.
The Great Outdoors
Whether it is a gentle scenic stroll or an adrenaline fueled adventure Waterford has a wealth of natural resources including beaches, cliffs, mountains, rivers and woodlands to suit a range of outdoor activities.
147km of wild Atlantic coastline with 49 pristine beaches
48km Greenway – a dedicated off-road walking & cycling path along an old railway line - opened in 2017.
Two rugged and accessible mountain ranges
Two main rivers – the Suir (185km) and the Munster Blackwater (169km)
Coastal Life & Beaches
Waterford has 147km of wild Atlantic coastline – 25km of which forms the spectacular UNESCO ‘Coppercoast’ which is named after the 19th century copper mining heritage of the area.
- The ‘Coppercoast’ consists of beaches and coves enclosed by rocky headlands and a spectacular driving route.
- The Copper Coast Geopark is 1 of 120 UNESCO Global Geoparks worldwide – it is an outdoor museum of geological importance where you can see physical evidence of volcanoes, oceans, deserts and ice sheets which combine to create the unique landscape in the area.
- If you want to swim, kite-surf, walk, sunbathe, surf, kayak, fish, build a sandcastle or simply breathe in the fresh sea air; Waterford has 49 pristine beaches, from quiet coves to the 5km bustle of Tramore beach, Irelands' premier seaside resort.
- Welcoming coastal villages like beautiful Dunmore East, or quieter villages like Annestown, Bonmahon, Passage East & Cheekpoint are full of character, where you can experience the more tranquil side of coastal life.
The accessible Comeragh and Knockmealdown mountain ranges provide ideal locations for hiking, rock-climbing or scenic drives and feature:
- The finest example of a corrie lake in Europe; Coumshingaun
- An 80m Waterfall; Mahon Falls
- High points of 794m & 792m
For more information visit: Comeragh Mountain range.
For more information visit: Knockmealdown Mountain range.
The Waterford Greenway is a dedicated cycle and walkway along the old Dungarvan to Waterford City railway line. It winds its way along diverse coastline and scenic countryside for 48km, linking Waterford City to Dungarvan. The Greenway was officially opened in March 2017, and over 250,000 people used the facility in its first 9 months!
For more information visit: Waterford Greenway
Trails in Waterford
If it's a scenic family stroll or a more adventurous hike Waterford has a variety of designated trails to suit all abilities:
- Walking/Hiking Trails
- 'Slí Na Sláinte' (Path to Health) Leisurely Walking Routes
- Off-Road Cycling Trails
- On-Road Cycling Trails
- Canoe Trails
- Orienteering/Adventure Trails
- Horse riding Trails
- Parks/Recreational Areas
Rivers in Waterford
There are two large rivers in Waterford; the Suir (185km) and the Munster Blackwater (169km). These, along with many smaller rivers including St. Johns River, the Colligan and Mahon River provide excellent opportunities for fishing, rowing, canoeing, kayaking and walking while adding to the overall lush scenic beauty of Waterford.
Waterford has a rich sporting heritage and believes in supporting and promoting sports for everyone - from GAA to scuba-diving, running, rowing, cricket, martial arts, roller derby and everything in-between, there are a variety of clubs with something for all ages and preferences.
For more information visit:Waterford Sports Partnership
There are a variety of world-class golf courses in Waterford with beautiful scenery and modern facilities to ensure you enjoy your 18 holes, and of course the socializing afterwards!
For more information visit Waterford - Golf Clubs
Large Scale Sports Events
Waterford hosts a range of large scale public sporting events that are well recognised nationally. Some of Waterford’s more well know events include:
- 2,000+ participants in June 2018.
- Full, Half & Quarter Marathon distances.
- 2018 is the 7th year of this marathon.
- Two charities (nominated by the City & County Mayor) will benefit each year.
- Inaugural event this year, held on 14th July 2018.
- The cycle takes place at 4.30am along the Waterford Greenway.
- The event is part of the Comeraghs Wild Festival.
- A run in honour of Waterford born Olympic medalist John Treacy.
- Limited to 3,000 participants in January/February each year.
- Distance of 10 miles (16km)
- 2019 will be the 28th anniversary of this famous road race.
- This event is a 10k walk/run in aid of the Solas Cancer Support Centre, held annually.
- Scheduled for Sunday 14th October 2018 this year.
- The course covers the outskirts of the city, and culminates at the People's Park in the City, with the 'Fun For Life' afterparty.
- See Solas Centre Run & Walk for Life for full details.
For more information on upcoming sporting events visit Waterford Sports Partnership - Calendar
Activity Centres in Waterford
There are a variety of indoor and outdoor activity centres that provide a range of activities for both adults and children including; bowling, soft-play areas, water sports, indoor/outdoor climbing & much more.
For more information visit Visit Waterford