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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)

Activities Coast

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. 

For more information - please visit Coppercoast Geopark official site    Discover Dunmore    or our official Waterford tourism site

Activities Mountains


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.

Activities Bikes

Waterford Greenway

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

Activities Running

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

For more information visit: Waterford - Walking or Irish Trails - Waterford 

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.

Activities Sports Clubs

Sports Clubs

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

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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:

Waterford Viking Marathon:
  • 2,000+ participants in June 2018.
  • Full, Half & Quarter Marathon distances. 
  • 2018 is the 7th year of this marathon.
Séan Kelly Dawn Chorus Cycle:
  • 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.
John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Mile Race:
  • 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.
Solas Centre Run & Walk for Life:
  • 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