Experience the Unspoiled Natural Environment
& Unique Historic Heritage of the Blackwater Valley



Blackwater Eco Tours is a non-profit ecotourism company that offers boat trips on the Munster Blackwater. Our boat trips incorporate in-depth local knowledge of the un-spoilt natural beauty and unique historic heritage of the Blackwater River Valley where the Ireland’s Ancient East meets the Wild Atlantic Way.

The River Blackwater is designated a ‘Special Area of Conservation’ and is home to species including Kingfishers, Otters and Peregrine Falcons. Through conservation, community and education our aim is to promote environmental awareness and sustainability in this stunning hideaway of West Waterford.   

Our boat trips last approximately 90 minutes, departing twice daily (Wednesday – Sunday) from Villierstown Quay, heading north towards Cappoquin or south towards Youghal. Along the way you’ll learn about the unique human stories that have flowed with the river over many centuries as well as experiencing the stunning landscape and ecology of the river.

In 2018, Blackwater Eco Tours will be adding new family friendly ways to enjoy the river valley with self-drive boats, woodland walking trails and glamping pod accommodation, all located in the idyllic village of Villierstown just 20 mins drive east from Dungarvan.

This project is supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development and Pobal through the Community Services Programme.