What To Do On The Copper Coast
The area has a wealth of beautiful, secluded coves and beaches, each with a story to tell. It took more than 460 million years to create the Copper Coast, so take your time to visit and explore it!
Copper Coast Geopark
The place to visit for information on the Copper Coast - its villages, beaches, walks and interesting places. There is a coffee dock with free Wi-Fi and an exhibition on the mining and geological heritage of the area.
8 beaches, all family friendly, are accessible along the Copper Coast and some are suitable for surfers and some for divers.
Alternatively, you can explore the islands and caves along the coast by kayak.
Half and full day trips with Pure Adventure
can be arranged.
The coastline offers many opportunities for:
- shore fishing for bass, flounder etc. at Kilfarrasy, Bunmahon and Stradbally;
- rock fishing from Dunabrattin head and Kilmurrin;
- charter boats from Dungarvan and Dunmore East;
- fly fishing days on Carrickavantry, Ballyscanlon Lakes and Knockaderry Reservoir;
- fishing course on Ballyshunnock Reservoir;
- permits from Centra Supermarket, Kilmeaden on the N25.
Tour the Copper Coast
Take a walk in the woods, on the shore or on country lanes dipping into the geology, archaeology, mining heritage, the rich flora and fauna of the area. See our walks page for details. Contact the The Copper Coast Geopark Centre
for route maps with details of what to look out for whether you are on foot or bike.
If you have less time on your hands, you can always take the car but do not forget to stop, get the sand between your toes and wander around the pretty villages.
Road Bowling in Fenor
The traditional & heritage sport of road-bowling is very much alive and well here in county Waterford. Road-bowling has survived many obstacles through the years including rural modernisation and the ever increasing traffic on our roads but with some patience and better signage,the sport survives.Played with a 28oz steel bowl for men and a 24oz for children, our course is just over a mile long on the Copper Coast, Fenor to Annestown Rd R675. In Fenor, road-bowling is not just a game; it is a vital part of the fabric of the community. The sport is very easy to learn but requires hours of practice and technique to master while benefiting the players with social, physical and traditional attributes. It is highly economical as all it requires is a pair of runners and a bowl, which may explain its upsurge in popularity in recent times. All abilities are facilitated and we welcome visitors and passing photographers.
Contact Liam Power 0894382043
A podcast of the Annestown Heritage Trail will guide you around a section of the Copper Coast Global Geopark introducing you to its rich heritage and geology.
The Comeragh Mountains
Not strictly on the Copper Coast, the Comeragh Mountains do form our backdrop, keep us a little drier and provide another stunningly beautiful area to walk in, explore and find space and peace. Get the most out of your first visit or make your next visit seem like your first by taking a guided walk. Click here
for some information on how!
Gardens and Open Farms
The Bog of Fenor
: is a natural storehouse of fenland flora and fauna with an information/picnic area and a raised boardwalk.
All the family will enjoy a visit to Copper Coast Mini Farm
also in Fenor. It is great place to introduce children to farm animals and farm life.
Ballymoat Gardens in Dunhill. Visits by appointment only (051 396186) from May to September. It is a two-acre rural garden featuring a waterfall and 40 foot pond with over 200 fishes and many exotic and unusual plants.
Littlewood Gardens in Stradbally. Visits by appointment only (051 293122) from April to September. It is an old world cottage with superb display of geranium, viols, pinks, old roses and sweet peas. While in the area, you can also visit the beautiful "Entente Florale" award winning village of Stradbally.
A glimpse of the geology of the Copper Coast may be found in the Geological Garden in Bunmahon. The garden is home to two ogham stones found nearby, aligned to summer solstice sunset and the typical rocks of the area. A great starting point to become familiar with the rocks of the Copper Coast. The Time Path will also guide you through geological time with 28 slabs depicting the major steps in Earth history and evolution of life.
Bunmahon was the centre for Copper Mining in the 19th Century.Tankardstown Engine House (near Bunmahon) offers further insights into the mining heritage of the area.
For information about the Geopark and upcoming activities, please have a look at the "News
" section of this website.