Summer Vibes in Waterford, Ireland

One of the most underrated places to visit in the emerald isle is the Coppercoast Geopark, located in county Waterford.

The Coppercoast consists of various sites in Ballydwan, Bunmahon head, Fenor Bog, Kilmurrin cove, Knockmahon cove, Stradbally cove, and Tankardstown. All places are free to visit. Most of these places have plenty of free parking spaces, some are in street, free parking.

I had the chance to visit Bunmahon, Stradbally, with the inclusion of visiting Annestown’s coast and Ballyvooney coast.

Mining heritage is visible in Bunmahon. There is even a mine cart art installation in the picnic area, shown in the photo below.

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Few steps near this picnic area is the menhir with Ogham engraved.

You can have a walk around the place and read the informative panels about the rocks present in the area.

Further up the road is the coast of Annestown, which I think, is the most beautiful among the coasts in the geopark, with the flowers adorning the coast and the water looked clean.

It was also the most crowded among the coasts we’ve been.

Here’s another menhir, colorfully painted, displayed in Annestown. Exit the coast, turn left, drive further up the road and you’ll see this in the left side of the road.

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Finally, Stradbally cove, distinguished with high cliffs left and right, a deep cove, and a narrow river running in the left side.

Walking along it’s shore, we saw these colorful, translucent stones.

Talking about stones, here are some shots I took in Ballyvooney cove, which is also part of the geopark.

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There are plenty of beautiful spots to visit in the Geopark, all you need is time, considering its vastness.

You can visit the visitor centre in Knockmahon, Bunmahon, Co. Waterford. They’re open daily except for Tuesdays during summer, from 1100H to 1700H. If you have any questions, you can give them a ring on this number, + 353 (0)51 292828. You may also visit their website https://coppercoastgeopark.com.

There is no public transportation leading here so you’ll need a private transportation.

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Stepping into Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum

 

In Inistioge, County Kilkenny, there’s a garden with an observatory-inspired cafe. It’s located 1 kilometer from the village. Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum boasts of its Rose walled garden, Noble Fir walk, Monkey Puzzle Avenue, and a cafe that looks like an observatory.

The admission fee to the place is €4 per car (includes all the occupants) giving access to all the gardens, woodland trails, and the tea room. Not bad, right?

If you’re looking a tranquil place within County Dublin – whether you’re alone, with friends or family, or with your dog, this is one of those places you’ll enjoy.

Now let’s have a look at my shots!

 

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The Noble Fir Walk

A lovely place for a walk. 🙂

 

 

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The iron-cast observatory serving as the tea room

Fancy a tea? Head on to their stunning tea room.

 

 

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Posing with a Himalayan Hemlock tree

This tree must be so old! Look at that size!

 

 

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Monkey Puzzle Avenue Walk

The trees were called monkey puzzle because they were indeed a puzzle for the monkeys on how to climb them. ^_^

 

 

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The rose walled garden

My travel buddy, not so happy to pose with the roses, hehehe!

 

 

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Plenty of garden space to enjoy

 

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Sitting on the iron-cast bench

 

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The iron-cast bench

 

I took us about 3 hours to roam the place, with the inclusion of time to take pictures.

The place is dog-friendly, just remember to keep them on a leash and clean up after them.

 

Opening Hours : 

Summer: (April to September) 9am to 7.30 pm

Winter: (October to March) 9am to 4pm

 

 

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