The Blackwater River Valley
Places to go
Dungarvan is a harbour town located at the heart of County Waterford just 15 mins drive from Villierstown. It is an ideal location for any tourist wishing to explore Ireland’s ‘Sunny South East’. Visit great beaches, the historic castle and great restaurants and pubs
Founded by monks, visited by kings, attacked by Vikings and marched through by Normans and Cromwell, Lismore has an immensely colourful history you’re sure to want to linger over.
Now a UNESCO Global Geopark, the Copper Coast extends along the County Waterford coastline for 25km and is named after the 19th century copper mines that lie at the heart of this spectacular stretch of cliffs.
It’s Youghal’s very unique history and natural beauty that draws in the crowds – a town blending a modern town centre, teaming with tangible historic character and curiosity, complemented by miles of Blue Flag beaches and waterside amenities of a seaside suburb.
Things to do
Cycle the Waterford Greenway
No better cycle route than the old railway line from Waterford City to Dungarvan. A spectacular 46km off-road cycling and walking trail which travels through time and nature across eleven bridges, three impressive viaducts and a long atmospheric tunnel all the way from the River Suir to Dungarvan Bay.
Walk St. Declan’s Way
St. Declan’s Way is a modern walking route linking the ancient ecclesiastical centres of Ardmore in County Waterford and Cashel in County Tipperary. It follows the route that Declan took when going to Cashel to meet Saint Patrick in the fifth century. In turn, it is the way that Pilgrims have taken to visit Saint Declan’s monastery, holy well and grave in Ardmore for the past one and a half thousand years.
Hike the Knockmealdown and Comeragh Mountains
The Knockmealdown Mountain range offers a wonderful variety of walks of various lengths and difficulty levels. It also includes the highest peak in County Waterford with stunning views of Waterford and Tipperary.
The Comeragh Mountains are a remarkable and varied range, stretching from the coast near Dungarvan inland as far as Clonmel. The central part of the Comeragh Mountains features a boggy plateau, while the fringe features phenomenally rocky coums filled with a wonderful assortment of little Loughs.
Places to eat
Foley’s on the Mall
Foley’s on The Mall is a Restaurant and Pub located in the historic town of Lismore, Co. Waterford, just 15 mins drive from Villierstown. Open 5 days a week with food served from 12:30-8:30 daily, closed Monday and Tuesday. Enjoy great food or a pint at the traditional Irish bar.
Barron’s Bakery and Coffee Shop
Barron's Bakery started baking bread in Cappoquin in 1887. Today they still use the same Scotch Brick Ovens to bake their famous crusty bread. They are probably the last bakery in Ireland using these ovens which give the bread a unique taste, flavour and crust. A tayto sandwich with this bread is a joy to behold.
Crew’s Steak and Seafood
Crew’s Restaurant & Accommodation has been a family owned business since it originated. Located in a beautifully restored 16th century industrial building at the heart of the thriving town of Dungarvan. Stay, eat and drink here!
Luigi at La Bella Roma
A personal favourite, located in Youghal, Luigi makes the best Pizza in the area but watch out for this feisty Italian chef! You have been warned.