I have some amazing childhood memories of Tramore. Travelling from Cavan with 7 children in the back of her car, it used to take my Mam all day to get there! With our fantastic new roads though, its not very far from anywhere. This beautiful seaside town has changed a lot since we used to visit as a family but it still has this amazing charm that makes you want to go back year after year.
We were staying in the Atlantic View mobile home park so we couldn’t really get any closer to the beach. Our mobile looked over Tramore estuary and they have done loads of fantastic development down this end of the beach. While we were eating lunch in the mobile, we noticed plenty of people walking their dog down this area and onto the beach. It’s still a bit shaded from the sea so it’s a perfect spot for a stroll.
It’s just a short walk from both the mobile home parks down to the promenade. To the left and right hand side you will find loads of choice in cafes and chippers! Moe’s cafe is perfect for a cup of tea and cake after a walk and they have a great selection of sandwiches and other snacks. T-Bay surf and Eco center is down this end of the promenade also, as well as the sandcastle, the surf shop and a Tramore skate park! This part of Tramore was absolutely hopping when we walked down and it was great to see so many people on the beach also.
On walking down the promenade we were so lucky to have gotten a nice day. There’s a really touching memorial half way down the promenade for the air corps helicopter crew who lost their lives when their helicopter crashed in the sand dunes in Tramore in 1999 in bad weather. Its a lovely tribute from the people of Tramore. Up to the right from here is Tramore’s new inclusion park. Its a fabulous little park where I’m sure kids can enjoy hours of fun! We decided to stretch our legs on the pedal boats and didn’t realise how competitive our companions for the weekend (The lovely Chris and Lorraine) were! They are both gym bunnies anyway so we left them off! There are great views from this man made lake of the whole town and a lovely way to spend a romantic evening! 🙂 It was only €6 to hire the boat and they have row boats there also.
We crossed over the little train tracks then and made our way into the amusement park. You are spoiled for choice here with water slides, waltzers, bumper cars and so many more! The majority of them are for kids but that didn’t stop us from taking a spin on the ghost train! Who knew Chris was such a scardey cat! The screams out of him would have scared the ghosts themselves! 🙂 After spending far too much money on trying to win teddy bears for Lorraine, we headed over to the strand road to check out the arcades. Again you are spoiled for choice along the strand road for slot machines and a whole other array of gaming machines. The perfect spot to spend a wet day!
We took a walk around town then and settled on The Victoria House to rest our weary legs for the evening. This pub has an amazing beer garden out the back that looks out over Tramore bay. Friendly staff and really fast service (even though they were really busy!) made us happy we had stopped here. There’s a restaurant upstairs here also that has a beautiful and very reasonable menu.
Other highly recommended restaurants in Tramore include the Vee bistro, The Source Restaurant (also on Queen street), Voujon Indian restaurant and the Pine Rooms also. We had already decided that we were going to head back down the town before the famous Doolys chipper had closed for the evening on strand road. This place never disappoints and they are so fast with the food- but its always fresh! This is a definite place to eat in Tramore the next time you are there! Yum!
We enjoyed our Doolys in the mobile before getting our heads down for the night. The next morning we were up early for a beautiful walk along the beach and down as far as the sand dunes. Nearly everyone we met had a dog with them so it’s a perfect spot for a stroll with mans best friend! On the way back we decided to make our way up to the Doneraile walk to enjoy some amazing views of Tramore bay and the cove. We headed back down the road then to take our leave of beautiful Tramore and start our drive along the coast road.
There is plenty of accommodation in Tramore. You will find O’Sheas hotel at the top of the Strand road. The Majestic hotel is on your right as you come into Tramore and there are countless numbers of B+B’s. There are two mobile home parks where you can hire a mobile or a caravan, pitch your tent or park up your camper. Tramore has countless numbers of festivals throughout the year and I know from experience that it’s a lovely spot to go galavanting in Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter.
The copper coast scenic drive runs from Tramore over as far as Dungarvan in Waterford. It’s home to the Copper coast geopark centre that will give you lots of information on the walks, history and the mining that once took place in the area. The first stop was Annestown (although I’m sure we missed a lovely cove along the way). This is a gloriously secluded beach with some amazing views! It’s well signposted and has good sized car park to park up before you go for a walk. There are a few little caves here too- a perfect place for kids to explore.
Our next stop was along the cliffs looking down on a beautiful little harbour (it wasn’t signposted or we could have missed it!). There was a handy little layby to pull over and take some pics and take in the scenery. Just up the road a little bit there is another layby where you can pull in to explore Tankardstown Engine house. This is in a spectacular position over looking the cliffs and the fields on the other side.There’s plenty of information here on the mining heritage and history of the area. This engine house is located just a few kilometres from Bunmahon. This is where the Copper coast geo park center is located. It’s open Thursday to Monday and adult admission is €5. A must stop on this scenic drive if you are passing on these days. Bunmahon also has a fabulous beach. It’s sheltered by cliffs on both sides of the beach and beautiful spot to stretch the legs! There is also a surf school here and a kids playground.
Before reaching Dungarvan we pulled off the road again down to Clonea strand. Clonea strand hotel is located just at the beach and is in prime position over looking the Atlantic. There’s plenty of parking here and a little shop with a chipper attached! This is yet another beautiful spot for a stroll- the legs were walked off us! The pretty little harbour town of Dungarvan is just a 5 minute drive from Clonea beach. This would be a perfect base for exploring the South East of the country. There is an abundance of Hotels and guesthouses to choose from, as well as plenty of restaurants and shops and beautiful little walks around the harbour. Unfortunately we didn’t get to spend much time in this bustling little town but it is definitely on our bucket list to go back.
Dungarvan marks the end of the copper coast drive but we kept going along the coast road as far as Ardmore. It’s a little town that I had heard loads about and really wanted to visit. There’s a magnificent round tower in the middle of the town as well as some beautiful restaurants, water sports and of course the famous Cliff House Hotel. Again we didn’t get a chance to spend much time here before we got back into the car for the road home but its definitely a town we will come back to.
I have attached a few links that you might find useful if you decide on a trip to the sunny south east. Please leave a reply or a comment on the facebook page if we have missed any must see destinations. As always- Happy Galavanting!! xxx