Situated just 10km south of Waterford City, Tramore (www.tramoretourism.net) is considered the premier resort of the South East of Ireland. The sandy beach in Tramore stretches for almost 5km and has some of the highest sand dunes in Ireland.
Tramore is the best served beach in terms of amenities including surf clubs offering both lessons and board hire (Oceanics (www.oceanics.ie), Tramore Surf School (www.tramoresurfschool.com) and T-Bay (www.surftbay.com)).
There’s even the opportunity to learn Irish while surfing with Freedom Surf School (www.freedomsurfschool.com)! See the coast line from a different perspective with Sea Paddling.com (www.seapaddling.com) who offer sea kayak tours and also run Irish Canoe Union Courses.
If you prefer to stay on dry land, try pony trekking with Lake Tour Stables (www.laketourstables.ie) or a round of Pitch & Putt. Practice your driving skills at the Newtown Driving Range before having a round of golf in the Tramore Golf Club (www.tramoregolfclub.com).If the Sunny South East doesn’t live up to its reputation, there’s still plenty to do indoors.
For young kids visit Run Amuck (www.runamuck.ie), the Pottery Place (www.potterypainting.ie), Laser Blast (www.laserblast.ie)or Pirates Adventure (www.piratesadventure.ie). Just outside Tramore in Fenor is the Copper Coast Mini Farm (www.coppercoastminifarm.ie) and further along the coast in Stradbally is the Sallyfort Mini Farm (www.sallyfortfarm.com).
While the beautiful coves and beaches are sure to keep both young and old occupied, if you feel like trying something more visit the Dunmore East AdventureCentre (www.dunmoreadventure.com) which offers sailing, archery, rock climbing and kayaking (ask about their family friendly offers) and for younger children there is a lovely playground in the villages park.
Another beautiful coastal town in our county is only 40 minutes drive, and well worth a visit. Dungarvan harbour boasts some of the county’s best restaurants and bars and is always a popular destination with visitors to Waterford. Day trips or overnight stays are highly recommended. Check out the website for upcoming festivals and events http://www.dungarvantourism.com/welcome/web.
The Barley Field’s sister premises The Moorings is located on the picturesque quayside in Dungarvan, right beside the 12th Century King John’s Castle. Famous for its seafood chowder, top quality drinks, stunning bar, gourmet food and genuinely friendly service and accommodation this is a must to include in your visit. See http://www.mooringsdungarvan.com for more information or phone on 058-41461.