|Golfing in Waterford
The golf clubs in West Waterford and indeed throughout the county are some of the most beautiful in the country and will satisfy beginners and pros alike
"Caliso Bay in Monatrea is an anglers
dream with various flatfish available
off this stretch...aswell as various
fishing spots on the Blackwater... "
Free access to beaches, moorland,
valleys, mountain and riverside
tracks releases the trail rider and
trekker to enjoy the compact,
the back of a horse.
| Kilmaloo Walk|
This panoramic walk is approximately 8km long and begins at the foot of the village at the Grotto. It proceeds up the hill in a southerly direction past the only thatched cottage in the village. Beyond the GAA grounds on the left is the remains of an old lime kiln, where limestone was burned to produce lime for agricultural use. At the end of the hill one takes a right and crosses Ballyheeney bridge, at the right of which one may be able to spot the ruins of O'Heeny Castle (Ballyheeny Castle), a stronghold of the Desmonds. At the Y-junction ahead take the left vein and continue up the hill, after which one can view the two Ice Houses. Further on can be seen the now drained Ice Lough from which Ice was taken for packing the Ice Houses. At one time it was used for skating upon in the wintertime. The walk will then bring you back down to Lickey Bridge, then turning left and after a half mile turn right again to come back down to the grotto...
If setting off from the village one can also take the St. Mochua's Well Walk which is a short but tranquil walk from the bridge and setting out westward alongside Moloney's Bar and concluding at the well itself.
Also if one continues on the road past Mochua's Well you will eventually reach Raheen Quay, which in earlier times was a dock for cargo-carrying barges off the River Blackwater.
Log onto www.dungarvantourism.com and you will find details of various other walks with associated maps and directions for the following:
- Brickey River and Kilnafarna Hill walk (12km);
- Colligan Wood, (6km)
- Cruchan Walk (12km)
- Famine Walk (4km)
- Ardmore Cliff Walk visiting St Declan¡¯s Well (3km)
Further information is available from Dungarvan Tourist Office, Tel: +353 (0)58 41741
Saint Declan's Way
From historic Ardmore in Co Waterford to the celebrated Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary. The route uses roads, tracks and paths, passing the ruins of many remarkable ecclesiastical sites, as well as holy wells and assorted prehistoric remains.
Leaving Ardmore, St Declan¡¯s Way progresses around a fine rocky headland, then turns inland and commences its journey northwards. The route crosses the Lickey River and there are other walks downstream maround Clashmore. The route follows St Declan¡¯s Road mand passes through the tiny settlements of Cross, Geosh and Knocknascagh. The ¡®Path of the Saints¡¯ converges further along before Cappoquin. The historic towns of Cappoquin and Lismore, the latter dominated by its huge castle, are both easily reached by making short diversions. The ancient Track of St Patrick¡¯s Cow is traced gradually uphill, with a steep and exposed crossing of the Knockmealdown Mountains. Descending through forest, the route crosses the Munster Way near Goatenbridge, and then heads for the village of Ardfinnan. The track of ¡®St. Patrick¡¯s Cow¡¯ makes a beeline for Cashel, but is also possible to loop westward and take in the historic town of Cahir and its prominent riverside castle.
St. Declan's Well
St. Declan's Well at Toor near Clashmore is a recent phenomenon. The origins of the Well are rather vague and it is not mentioned in any of the literature. Various cures have been attributed to it, including reputedly a cure for some eye diseases and the Saint is reputed to have quenched his thirst there en route to Cashel, although it is some distance
from St. Declan's Way.The area is now landscaped and has a Lourdes like appearance.
The celebration of Mass there since 1951 has effectively made it a diocesan approved devotion.To get here follow the R671 out of Clashmore for Clonmel for approx 3 miles and it is signposted "The Holy Well".
Golfing in West Waterford
West-Waterford's golf courses offer a delightful mix of links and parkland courses. Visitors are always welcome, so just telephone in advance to arrange tee off times. There are a number of excellent courses within the area if our visitor is so inclined:
In West Waterford:
West Waterford is an ideal centre for anyone interested in horse trekking
and the free access to beaches, moorland, valleys, mountain and riverside tracks releases the trail rider and trekker to enjoy the compact, ever-changing scenery of Waterford from the back of a horse. Experienced riders will enjoy a week or a weekend trek, where every day brings new vistas and different terrain to challenge their horsemanship. Day visitors can enjoy a day, half-day or even 1-hour treks on horses suited to their confidence and ability.
This Clashmore-Kinsalebeg area offers a superb facility in Monatrea Equestrian Centre which is situated in picturesque Monatrea overlooking Youghal, Co. Cork. To contact this centre please tel: +353 (0)24 94214 or e-mail at email@example.com
County Waterford offers a wide range of horse riding facilities suitable for most riders. Inclusive holiday arrangements are offered by some establishments, so please phone for further details.
Rides in and around the Comeragh Mountains can be enjoyed from the following venues, all of which are in easy reach of Clashmore for you to enjoy:
- Finisk Valley Riding Centre, Kilmolash Bridge, near Cappoquin. Tel: +353 (0)24 96257
- The Ballyrafter Centre, near Lismore, is a competition and training centre specializing in show jumping and dressage. Shows are held in both disciplines throughout the year. Contact +353 (0)58 53111 for further details.
- Colligan Equestrian Centre, near Dungarvan, Tel: +353 (0)58 68261
Other Local Attractions
Some of the major attractions in the area include the following:
- Christ Church Cathedral, Cathedral Square, Waterford.
- Lismore Heritage Centre, Lismore, County Waterford, contact Ms Mary Houlihan on +353 (0)58 54975
- Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre, Kilbarry Road, Waterford. Contact reception on +353 (0)51 356821;
- Reginald¡¯s Tower, The Quay, Waterford, +353 (0)51 873501;
- The Waterford Show, a colorful presentation of Irish music, story, song and dance in the imposing and historical setting of City Hall. The show is staged from May to the end of September each year and further details are available on +353 (0)51 381020.
- Waterford Museum of Treasures, at The Granary, Merchants Quay, Waterford. This exhibition brings together an extensive range of rare and beautiful artefacts that are brought to life by the latest technological innovations. For further information, contact Eamon McEneaney on +353 (0)51 304500.
- The Copper Coast Mini Farm is a recently opened visitor attraction, situated 3 miles from Tramore on the scenic coast road to Dungarvan. The farm comprises a mixture of animals such as pot-bellied pigs and ostrich to rabbits, ducks, hens and miniature ponies. Contact Valerie for more information on +353 (0)51 396870.
- The Waterford & Suir Valley Railway is another new attraction for the county and runs from Wednesday to Sunday inclusive. The train runs from the original station at Kilmeaden for 4 miles at the back of the famous Mount Congreve Nursery. Contact Maria on +353 (0)51 311137 for further details.
- Trabolgan Holiday Centre, situated 8 miles from Midleton and ideal for a fun family day out. Trabolgan is only 40 minutes drive from our home and is ideal for a fun family day out. For further information, please contact +353 (0)21 4661551.
- Jameson Distillery, Midleton Take a tour of the famous distillery and see how that renowned whiskey is created. The distillery is only a 20 minute drive from our home and again is an ideal trip for a family day out. Contact +353 (0)21 4613594 for further information.
- Waterford County Museum, Dungarvan, County Waterford. A voluntary museum committed to preserving, recording and displaying the history of West Waterford. Contact Willie Fraher on +353 (0)58 45960.
- Tynte's Castle is a late fifteenth Century urban Tower house. It is the only remaining example of several urban town houses that were formerly to be found in Youghal, County Cork, Ireland.
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