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
Two rugged and accessible mountain ranges
Two main rivers – the Suir (185km) and the Munster Blackwater (169km)
48km Greenway – a dedicated walking & cycling path opening in 2016.
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 breath in the fresh sea air; Waterford has 49 pristine beaches, from quiet coves to the 5km bustle of Tramore beach, Irelands' premier seaside resort.
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 is currently under construction and due to be completed in summer 2016, a 4km section from Dungarvan to Ballinroad is already completed & open for use.
For more information visit: Deise Greenway
Trails in Waterford
If it is a scenic family stroll or a more adventurous hike Waterford has a variety of designated trails to suit all abilities:
- Walking/Hiking Trails
- Sli Na Slainte (Path to Health) Leisurely Walking Routes
- Off-Road Cycling Trails
- On Road Cycling Trails
- Canoe Trails
- Orienteering/Adventure Trails
- Horse riding Trails
- Park/Recreational Area
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, 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 game and socialising 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 2015
- Full, Half & Quarter Marathon distances
- 2016 will be the 5th year of this marathon
- Led by the legendary cyclist and Waterford native Séan Kelly
- 6.500 participants in August 2015
- 4 different routes of 12km, 50km, 100km & 160 km
- Over 100 participants travelled from abroad to participate
- 2016 will see the 10th anniversary of this unique cycling challenge
- A run in honour of Waterford born Olympic medalist John Treacy
- Limited to 2,500 participants every January
- Distance of 10 miles (16km)
- 2016 will be the 25th anniversary of this famous road race
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