A Waterford Hotel with Outdoor Adventures

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Sports and Outdoor Activities



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Easy Local Walks: Of the walks from our hotel’s front door, the Ardmore Cliff Walk (5km, 60 mins) is highly recommended. Cunnigar – a long sandy strip across the mouth of Dungarvan Bay – is another excellent nearby route (6km, 90 mins), and Lady Louisa’s Walk from Lismore Castle (2 km, 30 mins) takes in the River Blackwater. Mahon Fallƒs is a horseshoe walk around a waterfall near Bonmahon (4km, 120 mins).

Guided Day Hikes: At Cliff House Hotel we can provide guided hiking through the Comeragh Mountains. Driving time: 35 minutes


Fly-fishing: River Blackwater’s exceptional salmon fishing, which some deem the best in Ireland, requires advance booking. Driving time: 35 – 90 minutes.

Saltwater Fly-fishing: Local Richie Ryan operates the first-ever licensed saltwater fly-fishing boat in Ireland out of the second largest natural harbour in the world. Driving time: 60 minutes.

Rock Fishing: There is rock fishing at Ardmore Head where wrasse, conger, pollock, codling, coalfish and mackerel are all common. From Ardmore pier – also within walking distance of our hotel – you can line-fish for bass.

Please ask reception for complimentary fishing equipment.

Deep-Sea Fishing: Numerous local fishermen offer half- and full-day deep-sea fishing excursions on boats out of Youghal, Dungarvan, Helvick and Ballycotton. Please enquire at reception and we will advise on availability. Driving time: 60 minutes.

Blue Shark Angling: Dungarvan is one of Ireland’s blue shark angling centres, with the fish usually plentiful from mid-June to mid-October. Dungarvan Charter Boats are specialists. Driving time: 25 minutes.


Horseriding: Horseriding in Ireland takes in the beaches, back-country trails and mountains on short rides and treks.

Golf: Cliff House Hotel is well placed for golfing holidays in Ireland. Worldclass championship courses include Old Head of Kinsale with its 300ft cliffs, and Mount Juliet  – both a 90-minute drive from Ardmore. Fota Island Golf Club and Waterford Castle Golf are challenging, picturesque courses and within an hour’s drive of our hotel. Local courses for a quick round include Youghal Golf ClubDungarvan Golf Club, The Gold Coast and West Waterford Golf Club. At the hotel, we also have a golf tee box in the gardens allowing you to hit an environmentally-friendly golf ball towards a floating pontoon out in Ardmore Bay.


Kayaking & Stand Up Paddle Boarding: We can arrange real adventure activities such as kayaking and stand up paddle boarding in unspoiled natural locations in Waterford and Cork. These exceptional experiences explore Ireland’s rugged coast and are great for the whole family.

Horseracing: Horseracing in Ireland is a must-see activity, from the most famous course, The Curragh — a two-hour 20-minute drive from our hotel — to local point-to-points at Lismore (30 minutes), Ballyduff (35 minutes) and Tallow (15 minutes). Cork Race Course at Mallow is a one-hour 20-minute drive away. Our reception can advise on race meetings.


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