The Copper Coast & Comeragh Mountains (Route 5)
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This tour is based around the The Copper Coast and Comeragh Mountains. Distance: 170km. (106 miles) approx. From hidden coves to mountain scenery, this loop explores Waterford’s coastline.
This tour explores Waterford, Tramore, Dungarvan, Comeragh Mountains Loop, Lemybrien, and back to Waterford city. From hidden coves to mountain scenery, this loop explores Waterford’s coastal UNESCO European Geopark before venturing into the mountains to the spectacular Mahon Falls.
Departing Waterford, the R675 brings you to Tramore, Ireland’s quintessential Victorian seaside resort, the first stop along this smorgasbord of coastal and mountain scenery. Driving towards Newtown Head, look for the Metal Man perched on one of three pillars on the headland.
From here, continue west (via R675) along the Copper Coast, a UNESCO European Geopark named for its 19th century mining heritage.
It’s a hypnotic route, spotted with Blue Flag beaches, stunning views) and pretty villages like Annestown and Stradbally. Finally you will arrive in Dungarvan.
From Dungarvan, the R672 links with Ballymacarbry, where a right turn takes you through the walker’s wonderland that is the Nire Valley. Continuing east to the R678 and R676 crossroads, there are two options – turning north to Carrick on Suir before taking the N24 back to Waterford, or turning south (via R676) towards Mahon Falls, a 240-foot waterfall tumbling spectacularly off the glaciated range, towards Waterford via Lemybrien (via N25), spare a thought for William Crotty, a notorious highwayman hanged in the city in 1742. Crotty robbed coaches travelling along what is today’s N25, and his treasure is still said to be stashed amongst the corrie lakes in the Comeragh Mountains.
Places to see on route
The Metal Man
The Nire Valley
Curraghmore House & Gardens
Waterford & Suir Valley Railway