You want somewhere scenic, with plenty of sandy beaches, good food, a rich history, and a range of activities to choose from on your car hire holiday – but you don’t want it to be thronged with visitors. Sounds impossible, right? Not if you’ve been to Waterford: The tranquil county is a haven of uncrowded beauty spots, most of which stretch along an endless stunning coast.
Waterford Airport is located 9.1 km south-east of Waterford City, and serves the south-east of Ireland. It served 80,000 passengers in 2011. Direct Flights are available to London Southend, London Luton and Manchester with Aer Arann. Flybe flies direct to Birmingham and to Paris, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh and Glasgow via Birmingham.
Places to See in Waterford
Set among red sandstone cliffs and secluded coves, Dunmore East is a delight. A 15-minute drive from Waterford Airport with car hire, it offers magnificent views of Hook Head lighthouse and a pretty main street of thatched cottages. The best beaches are the the south-facing Counsellor’s Beach and Ladies Cove in the village.
This unassuming seaside village is where St. Declan introduced Christianity to Ireland, long before St. Patrick arrived. A popular resort, it’s a great place to clear the head on a cliff walk. It’s also home to an immaculate 12th-century round tower.
With its kitschy seafront, glorious 5km beach, and 30m sand dunes, Tramore is the most popular of County Waterford’s seaside resorts. A key surfing location, it is being marketed as an eco-tourism resort by local activities companies seeking to reduce the impact of beach-loving crowds.
Copper Coast Geo Park
The Copper Coast European Geopark stretches from Fenor in east Waterford to Stradbally in the west and Dunhill in the north. With car hire you can explore a region defined by 19th-century copper mines and 25km of dramatic coastline. In an effort to highlight the region’s appeal, it was declared a European Geopark in 2001 and a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2004. Discover evidence of Palaeozoic volcanoes and the last ice age, all interpreted for the non-geologists among us.