From beaches to restaurants, farm visits to deli delights, there’s too much to do in just one day on Waterford’s Copper Coast, but you’ll be amazed at what you can pack in!
Step back Wild Atlantic Way, and welcome to the Copper Coast. With spectacular scenery, unspoiled beaches, rugged coves, and plenty of food and drink spots along the way, it is the ideal day out whether you’re staying in Tramore, Dungarvan, or anywhere in between.
THE COPPER COAST
The Copper Coast runs for a approximately 75km, from Tramore to Dungarvan, taking in secret coves, sandy beaches, historic sites and fabulous foodies spots including at Bunmahon, Stradbally and Clonea Beach. En route, you’ll also pick up the famed Waterford Greenway, so you might want to pack your bikes.
Set yourself up for the day in Tramore, with a stroll along the promenade. Breads or patisserie from the Seagull Bakery are a must. Or pick up flatbreads and dips for a takeaway Waterford picnic at Mezze, where you can also get some store cupboard treats and tips for delicious Middle Eastern feasts at home. Top Tip: they make fabulous presents!
At Bunmahon, discover the Geo Park, where you can find out about how this place was once the centre of copper mining, which lends its name to the entire landscape. It’s a fascinating place, and there’s a lovely café here, with lots of locally produced treats.
Surfers will want to stop at Bunmahon Beach. Or take the upper road from Tramore, to find the Dunhill Eco Park, where you can see butter being made, and even finish your own! Here, you’ll also find Pure Foods, Mezze, Frothing Ferments and more…
Closer to Dungarvan, Clonea Beach is an absolute highlight. A long stretch of golden sand, this blue flag beach is wonderful, whatever the weather. Find another, smaller waterside spot at Stradbally, where Stradbally Cove is a charming place for a picnic.
TOP TRAVEL TIPS:
Stay in Waterford City: The Granville Hotel Dating back to the 1700s, this Waterford institution is the perfect place to stay. Come back and tuck into a well deserved pint of Metalman at the end of your great day out.
Places to Eat Waterford: you can’t go wrong with Everett’s, where Peter Everett’s award winning food brings the best of local to your plate. Dine in the wine vaults for absolute atmosphere.
Don’t Miss: a Waterford Blaa, the famous soft bread roll. And make sure to enjoy a Coffee House Lane coffee along the way – Waterford is where coffee was first brewed and sold in the whole of Ireland.
Dungarvan: The Tannery Townhouse and the award winning Tannery Restaurant are local hot spots here. Paul Flynn’s fabulous food has a devoted following, and attracts foodies from around the world.