Knockmealdowns Walking Highlight
Step into the Sunny South East
The Knockmealdown Mountain region offers a host of walking and hiking trails across South Tipperary and Waterford. There’s something for everyone, from challenging treks to scenic strolls. Keep an eye on Knockmealdown Active for more information on upcoming activities and events.
The Copper Coast
Take advantage of the beautiful beaches in Waterford’s Copper Coast. Stroll hand-in-hand on the sandy walkways of Bunmahon Beach and Clonea Strand. Breathe in the refreshing sea air and relax listening to the waves break.
Continue to the delightful town of Dungarvan, 10km from Clonea. Enjoy great food and a spot of shopping. Grab a coffee from Starbucks or enjoy a hearty lunch in the Gourmet House, lovely staff and great options for restricted dietary needs.
The Copper Coast Geopark
The Copper Coast Geopark is a designated area located along the southern coast of Ireland in County Waterford, extending for some 17 km from Kilfarrasy in the east to Stradbally in the west. The Copper Coast Geopark was the first Geopark designated on the island.
The Copper Coast is a spectacular record of the earths past linked cultural and intangible heritage and community activism. Its rocks and geosites tell the story of undersea volcanos, arid deserts and dramatic ice-ages while its human history is inextricably linked with its landscape from ancient to early modern times. The Copper Coast is named for the vast mines that once ran here during the 19th century and left an archaeological and cultural heritage.
Located in a restored 19th century church, the Geopark Visitor Centre contains a local mining and environmental heritage exhibition, walking trail guides and leaflets as well as a high quality cafe.
St Declan's Way
In the heart of the Knockmealdowns hikers will join St. Declan’s Way. The ancient path runs from the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary to the Cliffs of Ardmore in Waterford, where St. Declan first established a monastery during the 5th century. Over the centuries millions of pilgrims, warriors and adventurers have walked along these ancient roads. Visit St Declan's Way to map out a route and view suggested accommodation options through the course of your pilgrimage.
Witness the glorious views from the Waterford Greenway, a 46km off-road cycling and walking trail along an old railway line between Waterford City and Dungarvan. Take in the beautiful scenery from the top of the tall viaducts. Bikes are available for hire, see The Greenway Man for more. Make a pitstop in Kilmacthomas and recharge in the Coach House. Unwind with a great cup of coffee and enjoy a delicious meal. A day well spent in the sunny South East.