The Blackwater River Valley has long been a destination for discerning tourists eager to seek out something new or different. In the early 20th century, the river was known as the ‘Irish Rhine’, as it was a beautiful river to traverse by steamboat from Cappoquin to Youghal, often such boats would have had a band playing to entertain the passengers. Triangulating the river are the towns of Lismore, Dungarvan and Youghal, all popular destinations on their own. Furthermore, the number of unique historic houses in such a small geographic area is bewildering. These include Lismore Castle, Salterbridge House, Cappoquin House, Tourin House, Dromana House, Strancally Castle, and Ballinatray House, all with their own enthralling histories.
So why is The Blackwater River Valley still described as a hidden hideaway?