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During your stay at Viking Hotel Waterford, why not take advantage of the beautiful coastline of Waterford and the many surrounding! Waterford boasts some of Ireland’s finest beaches, we have outlined our favourite four below.

Tramore Beach

Stretching approximately 5 kilometres across, this beautiful sandy beach in county Waterford is only a 15-minute drive from Waterford City and perfect for long relaxing walks. Each end of this stunning beach is met with sand dunes and steep cliffs.

Tramore’s popular surfing school ‘Freedom Surf School’ provides Surf Lessons kids and adults as well as the facility to rent equipment. The amusement park makes Tramore a very family-friendly coastal town which includes arcades, beautiful restaurants, and the staple seaside town tasty fish & chip shops.

Dunmore East Beach

Only 25 minutes from Waterford City, Dunmore East is a well-known tourist and fishing village. Within Dunmore East, there are several beautiful coves including Stony Cove, Ladies Cove, Mans Cove & Badgers Cove.

Visit the local bars and restaurants in this village, bursting with character and craic which include Powers Bar, The Spinnaker Bar, Azzuro At The Ship and more. This is a great summer destination! Dunmore East Holiday Park has been purpose built and caters for camping caravans and motorhomes. Portally is a tiny cove in a narrow sea inlet and is connected to Dunmore East by a narrow cliff path which makes for a lovely walk, worth adding to your schedule.

Clonea Beach

A 50 minutes drive from Waterford City and just 5 minutes from Dungarvan town, this picturesque beach is lovely for long walks, also visible from the Waterford Greenway. During the summer months, your safety is ensured with lifeguards on patrol.

The beach also has a water sports centre with a banana boat and also offers paddleboards, kayaking and inflatables for the water. Shops are close by for snacks and other seaside essentials. The nearby Dungarvan town is lovely to visit also with plenty of bars and restaurants available. Some fantastic restaurants inlcude ‘The Tannery’, ‘360 Cookhouse’, ‘The Moorings’ and much more. During the summer months the town is alive with people during the day and night; there is a real holiday feel about the place! Music is plentiful during the evening time in many of the bars such as ‘The Local’ (A favourite of locals) ‘The Anchor’ and more.

Bunmahon Beach

Drive just 35 minutes from Waterford City and visit Bunmahon Beach, stretching 5km with beach stand sand dunes and tall cliffs giving beach shelter. Bunmahon is part of the ‘Copper Coast’ which is the coastline from Tramore to Dungarvan. It has a ‘unique geological heritage’ and its coast boasts undisturbed and raw beauty.

Remember to visit the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, based in Bunmahon. Here, you will find the Geological and Mining Heritage Exhibition which is suitable for all the family. Browse Irish local crafts, or even pick up a lovely keepsake of your time on the Waterford coast. There is no shortage of refreshments if you fancy the lovely little café here also. Book your guided tours (please enquire availability due to Covid-19 restricitons) and learn essential information needed on walking trails, cycling and even booking a seaweed forage, sand art class or surfing with Bunmahon Surf School!


If planning a trip to Waterford; a visit to the beach is a must! Whatever beach you plan to visit if staying in Waterford; The Viking Hotel is your perfect base. Located on the fringe of Waterford with 98 bedrooms, Ample Free Parking, and a beautifully refurbished Restaurant; ‘ The Wooden Pestle’ serving tasty food all day. Call the Viking Hotel on 051 336933 or log onto to book your stay!

Three girls swimming in waterford during their stay at the Viking Hotel
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