Places To See close to Dungarvan & Waterford

Comeragh View Dungarvan B & B at Stradbally, Dungarvan is an ideal location from which to tour the south of Ireland. To the east is Waterford city and a little further the historic county of Wexford and its associations with the Kennedy Family. John F Kennedy visited Wexford during his time as President of the United States. To the west is Cork City and its famous Shandon Bells and Blarney Stone. To the north is the famous Rock of Cashel in Tpperary and the medieval city of Kilkenny once the capitol of Ireland.

Below you can read information on places to visit but why not just ramble to find your very own “real Ireland”. You can rent a car from Ireland Car Hire and explore this wonderful country side.

We have divided our descriptions of places to see into four “tours”.

– The Local Tour: covers our immediate locality.- The Western Tour: cover the area to the west as far as Cork City.
– The Eastern Tour: covers the area to our east as far as Wexford.- The Northern Tour: covers the are to out north as far as Kilkenny City. See also our Things To Do page for a list of things to do in some of the locations.
The Local Tour:

Within immediate reach of Comeragh View B&B you will find:
Stradbally:

Lets start with our own village of Stradbally.

Old Waterpump

Stradbally is embedded in a rich countryside which has attracted settlers over the last 2000years.  The Village still shows signs of Iron Age settlements, some of which straddle the protruding headlands into the Atlantic Ocean nearby and is also nestled into the backdrop of the Comeragh Mountains which add greatly to the majestic background of this quaint Waterford village.  Just off to the north of the Village lies Drumlohan, an ancient Celtic underground refuge lined with re used inscribed stones from a lost pre-Christian ritual site.   Stradbally was built upon what was known as the King’s Highway which is now known as the R675 Coastal Route. 

From the early 14th Century to the Late 18th Century Stradbally became somewhat of a war zone between rival clans the Powers and Fitzgerald’s, a tell tale sign of this still stands today in the graveyard of St. James Church.  The Fitzgerald’s eventually came through and began restoring Stradbally to its natural beauty which can be seen today.

Stradbally has won a variety of awards for the beauty and it’s well kept landscapes.  Some awards won by the village include Best Thatched Cottage Award, Category Winner Tidy Towns and Twice represented Ireland in the International Entente Florale competition.

When visiting Stradbally you can enjoy miles of peaceful walks on country lanes, along shore and cliff or in the mountain areas along the Sli Slainte designated routes.  You can also visit any one of the 3 sandy beaches within walking distance of the Village.  Boating, Swimming and Fishing can be enjoyed in the quaint cove.  Explore the ancient ruins and historical sites in the area and venture to Whelans bar afterwards to get the inside track and enjoy a friendly atmosphere and drink. For the cycling enthusiasts Stradbally is located on the Leisure Cycle route No. 4 which can be seen on www.waterfordsportpartnership.com

Dungarvan

Dungarvan:
Dungarvan County Waterford, is a coastal town nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Comeragh Mountains. Dungarvan offers something for everyone. Dungarvan is an excellent fishing town. Deep-sea and in-shore angling are particularly good in this area.

Strategically located on the South East coast of Ireland and overlooking beautiful Dungarvan bay, the town has a population of more than 15,000 people. Dungarvan Town which is the administrative headquarters for County Waterford. Dungarvan is twinned with Erie, Pennsylvania, USA.

The Western Tour:
The western tour travel west through west Waterford and into East Cork. It ends in Cork City.

Ardmore:
This lovely and popular seaside resort is on the Gaeltacht & Galltacht Scenic Drive and has won many awards for its attractiveness and its neatness, including the National Title in the Tidy Towns Competition.Originally a 5th century monastic settlement, founded by St. Declan in 316 AD, it is reputed to be the first such settlement in Ireland. The monastery grew in eminence and, in the 12th century, was recognised as an Episcopal See.Ardmore Round Tower and Cathedral look out over the majestic sweep of Dungarvan Bay and the site attracts visitors today just as it did from the growth of its influence under St. Declan.

Lismore Castle

Lismore:
Lismore Castle
Lismore is situated on the banks of the river Blackwater and at the foot of the Knockmealdown mountains. Though much of the town centre dates from the 19th Century, Lismore’s historic roots go back over a thousand years earlier, to the foundation here in the year 636 of a monastery by St. Carthage. The town is famous for its castle which has been visited by Prince Charles.

Youghal:
The town nestling on the banks of the majestic Blackwater river as it reaches the sea is famous for its beach, the Clock Tower and Walter Raleigh who brought the potatoe to Ireland.

Midleton:
Legend has it that it was here in Ireland that whiskey was invented. In fact, the town boasts the largest pot still in the world. A stopover to the Old Midleton Distillery  is a must. This beautifully restored 18th Century distillery is now a renowned tourist attraction and visitors have the opportunity to become certified whiskey tasters!

Cork City:
Cork is Ireland’s second largest city and well worth a visit. Its about one and a half hours drive from Comeragh View B&B so give yourself plenty of time if you decide to visit.

The Eastern Tour:
Waterford:
Waterford City is the capital of the Sunny South East of Ireland and Ireland’s oldest city. The city hosts a number of festivals during the year including the ever-popular Spraoi.

A natural playground for Arts, Golf, Water Sports, Equestrian, Walking, Angling and Cycling enthusiasts, Waterford City and County offer the complete holiday experience.

Waterford City

Waterford City was founded by Viking traders in 914 and it has an exciting medieval flavour and riverside bustle. The city has a strong maritime tradition and looks forward to the return of the Tall Ships Race in 2012. The multi-award winning Waterford Museum of Treasures tells the 1000-year-story of Waterford. Waterford City is the home of Waterford Crystal, a lifestyle product of exquisite craftsmanship. The new visitor centre opened in June 2010.
New Ross:

New Ross is less than an hous drive away and home to the John F Kennedy Park named on honour of the late President of the United States.
Wexford:

Wexford town is one and a half hours drive from Comeragh View B&B. Its on the eastern coast of Ireland and is the county in which John Barry founder of the US Navy was born.
The Northern Tour:

Cashel:
Cashel is home to the iconic Rock of Cashel. One of the most spectacular tourist attractions in Ireland and one of the most visited. Cashel’s rich history is reflected in its built heritage, from prehistoric raths to mediaeval monasteries and fortified town houses, a Georgian Cathedral and a 21st century Library (which holds regular exhibitions, workshops and concerts). The Georgian quarter also boasts the Bolton Library where you can find the smallest book in Ireland.
Clonmel:

Clonmel is one of Ireland’s most dynamic towns. Steeped in history it is the largest town in county Tipperary with a population of almost 18,000 people. The historic town centre has witnessed bloody battles, innovations in transport, the founding of political parties and many other events. Today, it is a bustling commercial location.

Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny:Kilkenny city is Ireland’s most historic and compact medieval city. The use of the term city is a point of some dispute. Kilkenny’s inhabitants claim its city status because of a medieval charter it received 800 years ago. Kilkenny’s centre is based on the west bank of the River Nore around Parliament Street, High Street and the Parade, with Rothe House at one end and Kilkenny Castle on the hill at the other. In recent years Kilkenny City has become a hub for arts, crafts and design.