Enjoy a leisurely walk, run or cycle from Waterford to Dungarvan on the now completely rejuvinated disused railway line. The much anticipated 45km Deise Greenway will be officially opened soon in Waterford, in the meantime thousands of people are already enjoying the beautiful scenery on the many finished stages. While on this greenway visitors can enjoy the beautiful country scenery, relax at many of the picnic spots or simply unwind.
Walking /Running Routes
One of the most unique aspects of Waterford is that there is such a variety of scenery such as coastal, forest, mountains, nature and railway. All of this makes Waterford an ideal county for those who enjoy an active break away. There are a plethea of walking or runnung routes available including:
Dunmore East Coastal Walk
Waterford City Slí ne Sláinte Walk
Mahon Falls Walk
Waterford Nature Park
Waterford City Walking Tours
Comeragh Mountains Walk
Dunmore East Woods Walk
For a list of all Waterford walking and jogging routes visit:
Or map your route by following the below link
Click below for information and maps on driving routes from Waterford City, including The Urban Triangle, By Hook or by Crooke, The Coast and Mountains, The River Valley and The Vee Drive.
The Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford
The Kelly Spin is a family event which takes place in August and open to all - cyclists under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
This event takes place in Dungarvan, largely on the scenic cycle track taking in Abbeyside, Clonea and the Gold Coast (Routes)
There are plenty of options to choose from when looking for a cycle route in Waterford, from coastal to a strenuous mountain route, there is something for everyone.
Click on the link for more cycling Routes around Waterford
Waterford Cycling Tours is based in the heart of Waterford City (Ireland’s Oldest City) and offers daily tours of Waterford City, lasting approximately two hours. We cater for individuals, families, students and small groups (bicycles, helmets and other accessories are all provided and all our tours are covered by insurance). Our City Tours include the People’s Park Waterford, The City Quays, Bilberry Rock, Ballybricken and the historic Viking Triangle, Museums and Waterford Crystal.
Longer Tours take in the coastline of the Sunny South East around the areas of Dunmore East, Tramore, Passage East and the Hook Lighthouse in County Wexford. We also offer an option for customised cycling tours to suit your requirements and personalise your route. We can also provide a guided cycling tour to cycling clubs and visitors with their own bicycles and equipment.
Waterford Garden Trail
With fifteen of Ireland’s most spectacular and historic visitor gardens, the Waterford Garden Trail is a must for nature lovers.
Visiting a garden in Waterford is an especially rich experience, as many of the great old houses and historic estates also offer guided tours of their properties, which give the visitor a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Waterford’s rich heritage. Take in the beauty of places such as Abbey Road Gardens, Ballyin Gardens, Black Water Garden Centre, Cappoquin House and Gardens, Curraghmore House and Gardens, Dromona House and Gardens, Easter Island Garden Centre, Fairbrook House Gardens and Museum, Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, Mount Congreve, Salterbridge House and Gardens, Shady Plants Fern Nursery and Gardens, Tourin House and Gardens.
A short drive from the Granville Hotel is the coastal town of Tramore. Renowned for surfing and the beautiful strand there are many activities available in Tramore such as The T-Bay Surf & Eco Centre, the only purpose built surf centre in Ireland. Plenty of other surfing opportunities also such as Freedom Surf School, Tramore Surf School and Oceanics Surf School. Splashworld, Oceanics Surf School, Pirates Adventure, Pitch and Foot, Tramore Golf Club, the newly opened Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens and in summer the Tramore Amusement Park. For more information visit
Dunmore East Adventure Centre
Dunmore East Adventure Centre is situated on the southeast coast of Ireland, in the picturesque fishing village of Dunmore East, Co. Waterford.
It is renowned for its idyllic sailing and water sports conditions. The Adventure Centre provides land and water based outdoor activities for both the complete beginner and the practiced expert. Activities organised for groups, individuals, adults and kids.
Located next to the beach in the stunning setting of Ardmore Bay in Waterford, the Ardmore Adventures offers exciting activities such as Sea Kayacking, Surfing, Rock Climbing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Snorkeling.
Suir Valley Railway
Take a trip in a period rail carriage in the beautiful Suir Valley with panoramic views of the River Suir. The Suir Valley Railway is an ideal activity for families, children of all ages will enjoy this historic and beautiful experience. Make sure to keep an eye out for the magical forest!
For avid hillwalkers or for those who wish for a quiet and easy ramble the Comeragh Mountains has something for everyone. Described by some as 'Ireland's Best Kept Secret' the Comeraghs offer everything from a dramatic waterfall down a cliff face to the mystery of the ‘magic road’ which runs through the gap of the range. In all weathers the beauty of the Comeragh Mountain range is clear to see, with stunning views and majestic landscape you will not be disappointed.
Copper Coast Drive and Geo Park
The Copper Coast is a stretch of the southern coast of Ireland in County Waterford, extending for some 17 km from Kilfarrasy in the east to Stradbally in the west. It is named for the historic metal-mining industry, the legacies of which now constitute a tourist attraction. The area was declared a European Geopark in 2001 and a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2004. This geologically diverse area contains records of Palaeozoic volcanism and the last ice age - a heritage which is interpreted locally for the visitor. The geopark trust maintains a visitor centre at Monksland Church in Knockmahon
Waterfords premier escape room. No matter what your puzzle solving ability is, you will be able to thoroughly enjoy the different escape rooms which have all been rigourously play tested. You begin with briefing session and then you are locked in with 60 minutes on the clock, you and your group will need to work together to solve puzzles, riddles, combinations and more to escape before time runs out! Ideal for small groups.
Family Friendly Fun
Waterford has plenty to offer for young and old, please find below some suggested activities for children:
Parks and Playgrounds
People's Park in the City Centre has fully fitted childrens playgrounds, seperated into sections for younger and older children. Also a wonderful safe environment to go for a lovely walk with the whole family.
Waterford Nature Park is located just outside the City Centre, this 150 approx acre site is an oasis in the midst of busy city life. including a 2km walkway and a mix of paths on tarmacadam and paths mown through meadow, this park is an ideal place to unwind and spend a day with nature.
Tramore All Aboard Inclusion Playpark has wonderful facilities which enable children with disabilities to enjoy all the park has to offer.
Activate Waterford is the city’s most innovative indoor family activity centre. It offers a wide range of activities including a children’s soft play area, bowling, climbing & bouldering, an intimate state of the art 3D cinema, Nerf ™Wars, Roller Disco, mini golf and a café.
Activate is a locally owned, family run business. It promises a great day out that provides challenges and fun activities for all ages. Activate has been designed with adults, teens and children in mind and is fully wheelchair accessible.
Hawkeye Falconry offers you the Bird of Prey experience of a lifetime. This, the noblest of all field sports, gives you the unique opportunity to personally fly, handle, feed and interact with some of the world’s most amazing Bird’s of Prey.
Skilled Falconers will educate and entertain as you learn some amazing facts about these magnificent birds. You will witness birds swooping from the heavens, gliding through the trees and feel the wind from our Eagle Owl’s wings as she flies to your gloved hand ….. and lots more!
There are a huge amount of activities in Tramore suitable for all the family. Why not try something different like Sea Paddling? Other activities include:
Waterford is renowned for it's fantastic surfing locations. Our Copper Coast is fringed with sandy beaches. Many of these spots rival the west for surfing!
If you're an avid surfer or a beginner, there are pleny of spots to enjoy this pasttime. Check out our list below!
Kitesurfing In Hook
On Duncannon beach, you can now avail of Kitesurfing lessons with Hooked Kitesurfing. Learn as an individual or with a group, this family friendly activity is the perfect way to spend any day!
For more information on Hooked Kitesurfing, clike here to visit their website!