FIVE STAR CLIFF HOUSE HOTEL NEAR WATERFORD"S GREENWAY
Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore provides our guests with Five Star luxury in each of our 39 hotel rooms. Each room faces the sea where you can view dolphins playing, fishermen checking lobster pots and the golden sands of Ardmore.
Many visitors take advantage of dining at our Michelin Star House restaurant, which is the only Michelin starred restaurant outside Dublin. The Well by The Sea is our star attraction on premises because of its view and highly recommended spa treatments.
Visitors regularly stay with us to experience the Waterford Greenway which connects Dungarvan and Waterford City. The Waterford Greenway is an old rail line which has become Ireland’s longest off road walking and cycling trail. In total, the Waterford Greenway is a 46 kilometers trail across eleven bridges, three viaducts and a 400 metre tunnel. A great day out to work up an appetite for excellent cuisine and treatment in the spa on return to the Cliff House Hotel.
CLIFF HOUSE HOTEL'S INFORMATION ON THE WATERFORD GREENWAY
The Waterford, Dungarvan and Lismore Railway Company was formed in 1872, operating the most expensive railway in Ireland. The rail line was very complex due to the land, the building of a tunnel including many over and under bridges.
By 1878, the railway company was operating a fourth line connecting Waterford, Dungarvan and Lismore. The fourth line was popular among customers because of its scenic views of the ocean.
At the turn of the century, Waterford City and Council obtained a license from C.I.E. to redevelop the line into a public amenity. In total, Waterford Greenway cost €15 millions.
RENTING BICYCLES FOR WATERFORD GREENWAY
Waterford Greenway Bike Hire have a depot on Sexton Street in Dungarvan. On their website, you can choose Dungarvan, Kilmacthomas or Waterford as the drop off location.
You could cycle the entire 46 kilometres as Waterford Greenway Bike Hire have the option to drop off the rented bike in the city. To get back to Dungarvan, a shuttle bus stops at Waterford City, Kilmacthomas and Dungarvan.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ALONG THE WATERFORD GREENWAY
Many reviews on TripAdvisor quote that the cycle is relatively easy for all kinds of cyclist. Each review references a ‘great day out’, ‘fantastic views’ of rivers, the Comeragh mountains and beaches.
During your trip, Kilmacthomas has cafes which is the midway point between Dungarvan and Waterford. Once you set off from Dungarvan, you will encounter the following:
A quarter of a mile long tunnel which is tastefully lit to keep its magic and mystique intact. Durrow Tunnel was originally built in 1878 using bricks.
Seven arch stone viaduct opened in 1878. The Durrow Viaduct remains an important component of civil engineering heritage in Ireland due to the construction of the arches.
The Comeragh mountains are a glaciated mountain range visible from the Waterford Greenway. The Comeragh mountains stretch between Carrick-on-Suir and Clonmel in Tipperary. The highest point is 792 meters.
Mount Congreve is a Georgian mansion in Kilmeaden built in 1760. Mount Congreve remained within the Congreve family for six successive generation. Ambrose Congreve died in 2011 at 104 years old and left the estate to the Irish State.
Mount Congreve is known globally for its 70 acres of gardens including a 4 acre walled garden. The garden consists of three thousand different trees and shrubs. Queen Elizabeth awarded Ambrose Congreve a CBE for services to horticulture and Trinity College Dublin granted him an honorary doctorate.