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Dungarvan – County Waterford


Nestled beneath the Comeragh mountains of County Waterford Ireland. Dungarvan is a bustling seaside town and the administrative centre for Co. Waterford. Its harbour lies on the River Colligan where it widens and enters the sea. It is an excellent holiday centre with good amenities, ideally placed for touring West Waterford. The town’s origins can be traced back to the 3rd century a.d. when a tribe called the Deise settled in the area, the surrounding region still bears this name. Dungarvan derives its name from St. Garvan, who founded a monastery here in the 7th century.

Dungarvan is perfectly located on the South East coast of Ireland and overlooking beautiful Dungarvan Bay, the town has a population of more than 8,000 people…..whether you want an energetic walk in the Comeragh Mountains, a bike ride along the Waterford Greenway or maybe just a relaxing coffee overlooking the harbour, then Dungarvan awaits you!


Comeragh Mountains

-The magical, magnetic Comeragh Mountains,  never a day in the year without mountaineers, hillwalkers and climbers out enjoying them. One of the finest ranges in Ireland with an unparalleled mix of mountain features. There’s the long and precipitous Knockanaffrin Ridge, the magnificent plateau, the falls in Coum Mahon, the mysterious Foill an Priosun, the tremendous variety in the coums of the Nire Valley, the surprising Coum Iarthar, the historic Crotty’s Lake, the wealth of flora and fauna and most of all, the shadowy depths and astounding glacial amphitheatre of Coumshingaun – One of the finest examples of a corrie or coum in Europe and the Comeragh mountains most famous landmark. Corries were formed by glacier movement during the ice age.

The Comeraghs are well covered in the Ordnance Survey of Ireland’s Discovery Series No.75 Map (Second Edition) and a number of good walking routes are described in “Best Irish Walks”

The Waterford Greenway

The old railway line from Waterford City to Dungarvan when completed is a 46km of off-road cycling and walking trail which travels through time and nature across eleven bridges, three viaducts and through the atmospheric tunnel all the way from the river to the sea. Along this route in Irelands Ancient East is a Viking settlement, Norman Castles, medieval ruins, a famine workhouse, an old railway stations and a heritage railway train still runs along part of the track at Suir Valley Railway. Enjoy the breath taking scenery as you approach the Town of Dungarvan along the amazing coastline.  Bikes can be hired and this would make a great family day out. Please follow the Country Code and enjoy your beautiful journey

Clonea Strand

A long, wide stretch of sandy beach about 10 minutes ’ drive from Dungarvan. It is considered by many to be among the best beaches on Ireland’s South East coast.

People come here throughout the year for long walks, and to fly kites, taking in the expansive views over the sea and the Comeragh Mountains. A section of the Waterford Greenway runs behind the beach. In summer the clean sands and enticing waves of Clonea Strand attract plenty of visitors, who come to sunbathe and play in the sands. There are interesting rock pools scattered around the beach and children can find hours of entertainment looking for crabs and other interesting flora and fauna. The presence of a lifeguard during peak season makes this a popular spot for swimming and a variety of water sports.

**Be warned It can get quite busy here during the summer months

Food and Drink

West Waterford has plenty of food options, from tasty takeaways to high-end restaurants. Whether its Comeragh Mountain Lamb or the famous Waterford Blaa, a very tasty breadroll, Dungarvan  and West Waterford has it all. Visit award winning restaurants like the Tannery or Crew’s ? How about sampling the fresh local produce in the weekly farmers market in the town square. You’ll discover a real taste of Waterford.

The Local has grown from strength to strength and has become renowned for its world-class music sessions, which attract local and international names from the world of traditional and folk music. It is a unique venue to play in and everybody who has done so always wanted to return.

Lawlors Hotel is one of the best known and longest established hotel in the scenic and coastal town of Dungarvan and close to all amenities. Food is a speciality at “Lawlors” with a wide variety of menus to choose from. Inviting you to luxury, personal service with incomparable hospitality.

Getting to Dungarvan!

By Car

  • From Galway: 211km (131 miles) – 2 hr 25 min
  • From Dublin: 215.2 km (133 miles) – 2 hr 16 min
  • From Belfast: 337km (209 miles) – 4 hours

By Public Transport

Dungaevan is serviced by both Irish Rail and Bus Eireann. Services run 7 days a week, with Irish Rail links and Bus Eireann routes running to many locations throughout Ireland throughout the day.

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