Clashmore is only 10 minutes drive away from Claddagh Cottages. The quaint local village has three homely pubs and a heritage centre. There is a lovely river walk ending at a holy well. Saint Declan’s Way from Ardmore to the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary passes close by, followed not far from the cottages.
The award winning seaside village of Ardmore is approximately 20 minutes drive from Claddagh Cottages. Wrapped around a stunning beach it also offers lots of history being one of the oldest Christian settlements in Ireland. Sample the breathtaking views along the famous cliff walk above Ardmore where you’ll see the ruins of St Declan’s Church, the famous Round Tower and even the wreck of The Samson. The beautiful Whiting Bay is next to Ardmore and is perfect for a long, beach walk. On the way into the village is Ardmore Open Farm which is open all year round.
The closest town, 15 minutes away is Dungarvan, a larger market town situated in its own bay in the west of County Waterford and is full of many attractions for all types of visitors. You can hike through the Comeragh Mountains or join the walks near the town in Colligan Woods, the Connigar or the Cruachan and Famine Walks which are all mapped out for you. The new and already famous Deise Greenway is a 23kms walk/cycle from Dungarvan to Waterford along the tracks of the old railway (the other 22kms is opening in March 2017).
See birdlife, wildflowers and the amazing scenery of the beautiful area. The cycling routes made famous by the Sean Kelly Tour range from 83km to 32km and will take you through the Comeragh Mountains, Nire Valley, the GaeltachtAnRinn overlooking Dungarvan Bay and many other villages surrounding the area. If want to take it more leisurely there are several driving routes well signposted throughout the beautiful area too.
The seaside town of Youghal is only 20 minutes away and has a long, lovely beach, local leisure centre and Perks Amusement Centre is one of Ireland’s largest indoor funfair centres. Learn more about the history of the area in the Local Heritage Centre.
Twenty-five minutes away, Cappoquin is a quiet market town in West Waterford which is situated beneath the southern slopes of the Knockmealdown Mountains and at the head of the tidal River Blackwater estuary. Cappoquin is a renowned angling centre for both the game and coarse angler in the very abundant angling waters. Just off the N72 you can take the route over the Knockmealdown Mountains over the famous Vee with amazing views over the surrounding counties.
The award-winning Lismore, approximately 25 minutes away, is a heritage town and its Heritage Centre explains about its many historical attractions including St Carthage’s Cathedral, Ballysaggartmore Towers and Lismore Castle with its contemporary art gallery and extensive gardens. There are beautiful forest walks around Lismore.
Midleton is a local market town approximately 35 minutes away and has an abundance of shops and restaurants plus a great local farmers market every Saturday morning. In Midleton you can view historical buildings, take a tour of the Jameson Experience, play golf, go fishing, go to the cinema, and beautiful walks.
This exciting seaside town is approximately 40 minutes drive from Claddagh Cottages and is ideal for families and children. Tramore is a popular for summer holidays, with many seaside attractions, funfair, beaches and family fun. The stunning Blue Flag beach and rolling waves attract swimmers, surfers, kayakers and those who are just looking for a relaxing time by the sea.
Cobh is 45 minutes away and is a beautiful coastal town steeped in heritage being the last port of call for the Titanic before it’s fateful voyage. Learn more about the Titanic, the Irish famine and emigration to America at the Cobh Heritage Centre. Being a deep port you can often see the huge cruise liners parked up alongside.
Clonmel is the County town of South Tipperary and is less than an hours drive. It lies mainly on the northern bank of the River Suir. The Tipperary County Museum tells you the history of County Tipperary from the Stone Age and there are many Festivals in Clonmel too.
One hour away, the capital and oldest city in Ireland, Waterford City is home to many festivals throughout the year including the Waterford Spraoi Festival which is full of street entertainment featuring local, national and international artists. Waterford Festival of Light Opera in the Theatre Royal and the Fringe Festival coincide to provide a varied musical agenda in the city. For the Christmas season, there is also the renowned Waterford Winterval.
The capital of Cork is approximately 1 hour’s drive from the cottages. Visit the famous English Market and stock up on local produce or for something different check out Cork City Gaol which has been restored. See the local historical sights up close and personal with one of the many Cork Walks available in the city. It is also ideal for shopping with many shopping centres and the main St Patrick’s Street.