Golfing in Waterford
The golf clubs in West Waterford
are some of the most beautiful
in the country and will satisfy
beginners and pros alike...

The River Blackwater

"Caliso Bay in Monatrea is an anglers
dream with various flatfish available
off this stretch...aswell as various
fishing spots on the Blackwater... "


"What to do next..."
Local Walks
Nestled between the Drum Hills and the River Blackwater, the village of Clashmore is part of a natural landscape which is beautiful no matter what season and is associated with an historical importance which is as fascinating as it is ancient…
The best way to experience the rich history and beauty of the area is to follow one of our heritage nature trails, namely the Kilmaloo Walk and St. Mochua's Walk, both of which are detailed either on the walks guide sign at the Grotto at the foot of the village or on the map at the back of the aforementioned "Clashmore Heritage Trails" leaflet, but of course there are many other historical points of interest around the village which are well worth visiting.

The Kilmaloo Walk is a moderately challenging trail of approx. 8 km in length and takes in such historical landmarks as the Kilmaloo Icehouses and the ruins of Ballyheeney Castle.

St. Mochua's Walk is a gentler amble of 3 km and will take you by St. Mochua's Well, which is near the site of the now ruined Clashmore House, and continues via Millmount Bridge and ends at Raheen Quay, both a reminder of Victorian times when the Industrial Revolution was in full swing.
Strings & Things Festival
The Strings & Things Festival is a 3-day event which takes place over the June Bank Holiday weekend every year and is a mix of great live musicevents, family entertainment, street busking and many other events. Some of the musical talent which have graced the various festival venues over the years include solo artists such as John Spillane, Mick Flannery & Clare Sands and some eclectic bands such as The Hank Wedel Trio, Two-Time Polka & Crow Black Chicken.We hope that this festival will be an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to celebrate all that's good about our village and hope you will come and join us in that celebration.
Various events are also held throughout the year such as concerts and plays, aswell as special events at seasonal times such as Halloween and Christmas. Please keep an eye on the festival Website or their Facebook page for upcoming events.
Starling Canoe & Kayak Club
Starling Canoe & Kayak Club is is based on the River Blackwater at Ardsallagh, Clashmore, County Waterford which is close to Youghal Bridge and the West Waterford/East Cork border. The club is affiliated with Canoeing Ireland and all courses will be run by fully qualified Canoeing Ireland instructors. Starling Canoe & Kayak Club offers you the chance to explore the famed River Blackwater which is right on our doorstep. Beginners and Level 2 courses are available at various times of the year so please contact us for more details and keep an eye on our Social Media for upcoming courses. Get in touch here on our Facebook page or by email to starlingkayakclub@gmail.com if you would like to get involved!
Blackwater Cruises
This area is indelibly linked with the River Blackwater and the 'Broad of Clashmore' is quite a famous section of An Abha Mhór. What better way to see the river up close than to book a trip with Tony Gallagher at Blackwater Cruises. These tours start of in Youghal itself and work their way up river, passing under Youghal Bridge and taking in such sights as Ballinatray House, Broad of Clashmore and Strancally Castle etc. with a brilliantly informative commentary from Tony along with many local myths & legends all adding to the experience.
To make a booking please go to the Blackwater Cruises website for more information.
Waterford Greenway
The Waterford Greenway is a spectacular 46km off-road cycling and walking trail along an old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan and is Waterford's newest and already most popular tourist attraction!
No matter what age you are and whether you are into walking, jogging or cycling, Waterford Greenway is for you with plenty of stop-off points along the way to take a breather and enjoy the stunning views and countryside.
If you need to rent a bike for the day you are spoiled for choice as there are a few different bike hire outlets in Dungarvan, Kilmacthomas and Waterford City which also gives you the added benefit of starting at either end of the route or even at the 'mid-point' at Kilmacthomas.
It is also linked to the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway which is located at Kilmeaden and takes in part of the same Greenway route aswell as some other fantastic sights along the way such as Mount Congreve House & Gardens.
Saint Declan's Way
From historic Ardmore in Co Waterford to the celebrated Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary. The route uses roads, tracks and paths, passing the ruins of many remarkable ecclesiastical sites, as well as holy wells and assorted prehistoric remains. Leaving Ardmore, St Declan’s Way progresses around a fine rocky headland, then turns inland and commences its journey northwards. The route crosses the Lickey River and there are other walks downstream around Clashmore. The route follows St Declan’s Road mand passes through the tiny settlements of Cross, Geosh and Knocknascagh. The ‘Path of the Saints’ converges further along before Cappoquin. The historic towns of Cappoquin and Lismore, the latter dominated by its huge castle, are both easily reached by making short diversions. The ancient Track of St Patrick’s Cow is traced gradually uphill, with a steep and exposed crossing of the Knockmealdown Mountains. Descending through forest, the route crosses the Munster Way near Goatenbridge, and then heads for the village of Ardfinnan. The track of ‘St. Patrick’s Cow’ makes a beeline for Cashel, but is also possible to loop westward and take in the historic town of Cahir and its prominent riverside castle. For more information on this wonderful trek, please visit here.

Golfing in West Waterford
West-Waterford's golf courses offer a delightful mix of links and parkland courses. Visitors are always welcome, so just telephone in advance to arrange tee times. There are a number of excellent courses within the area for any enthusiasts:

In West Waterford:


Other Local Attractions
Some of the other local attractions in the area include the following:

  • Lismore Heritage Centre, Lismore, County Waterford - Lismore Heritage Centre was opened in its current form in 1992. For almost 25yrs it has been offering visitors and locals a unique insight into Lismore's rich history and all the attractions it has to offer.

  • Lismore Castle Gardens & Arts Centre , Lismore, Co. Waterford - The historic gardens of Lismore Castle are essentially two distinct gardens. Both are set within the castle walls and comprise of 7 acres with spectacular views of the Castle and surrounding countryside.

  • Waterford County Museum, Dungarvan, County Waterford. A voluntary museum committed to preserving, recording and displaying the history of West Waterford. Contact Willie Fraher on +353 (0)58 45960.

  • Waterford Museum of Treasures, at The Granary, Merchants Quay, Waterford. This exhibition brings together an extensive range of rare and beautiful artefacts that are brought to life by the latest technological innovations. For further information, contact Eamon McEneaney on +353 (0)51 304500.

  • Youghal Clock Gate Tower, Youghal, Co. Cork - Youghal Clock Gate Tower was built in 1777 as a gaol, but their story spans 600 hundred years of history. This iconic building has opened its doors again, not as a grim prison, but as a place to explore tales from its fascinating past.

  • Tyntes's Castle, Youghal, Co. Cork is a late fifteenth Century urban Tower house. It is the only remaining example of several urban town houses that were formerly to be found in the historic town of Youghal.

  • Midleton Distillery, Midleton. Take a tour of the famous distillery and see how that renowned whiskey is created. The distillery is only a 20 minute drive from this area and again is an ideal trip for a family day out. Contact +353 (0)21 4613594 for further information.

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