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GET ADVENTUROUS IN ARDMORE
Our luxury five star hotel has a strong history of high profile yet discrete gatherings and team building events.
Combine our very special hotel experience with some superb creative activities, all available in our local area.
We offer the amazing experiences of Sea Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddle Boarding around Ardmore with urchin Adventures.
Horseriding: Horseriding in Ireland takes in the beaches, back-country trails and mountains on short rides and treks. We recommend the following stables: Colligan Equestrian Centre (20 mins), Finisk Valley Riding Centre and Lake Tour Stables at Tramore (60 mins).
Blackwater Adventures: Canoe down the River Blackwater with an experienced guide, then take a bike trip in the beautiful countryside with Lismore Cycling holidays. All equipment, maps and a picnic lunch are provided. Tickets €43 from Lismore Heritage Centre
Driving Time: 35 mins
Paintballing: This thrilling paintballing Glenbradagh farm in Upper Aghada, Midleton. Expect a no-holds-barred approach and plenty of fun.
Driving Time: 35 mins
Lismore Heritage Centre
Lismore Heritage Centre in the heart of Lismore Heritage Town is a special place to visit and relax in the lush green landscape of West Waterford. Set at the foot of the Knockmealdown mountains this town has been a haven for travellers since the early 600’s. Connect with the monks of old, Norman’s, Vikings and Bishops who all passed through this town and left their mark in different ways to make the town what it is today. New for 2019, immerse yourself in a 360 degree virtual reality experience of the rooms inside Lismore Castle. Where you will hear about the historical figures who shaped Lismore town through the ages, from entrepreneurs and adventures, Hollywood stars and world leader who have spent time in this beautiful home overlooking the majestic Blackwater River.
A children’s area where they can see costumes, dress up and draw images of what they have seen, including photo opportunities throughout. Guided town tours available daily with our local guides.
Lismore, historic seat of learning, rich in natural beauty and architectural splendour. Lismore, the jewel of the stately Blackwater River, where the past is always present.
WHALE WATCHING AND WALKING
Whale Walks: Andrew Malcolm is West Waterford’s best guide for nature walks – and can lead you on bespoke foraging, whale and birdwatching hikes. Dolphins, fin whales, minke and the occasional humpback are quite easy to spot between November and February each year, off the Ardmore cliffs. Capitalise on this rare pleasure by wrapping up warm, with binoculars, campstools and flasks of warm drinks provided by the hotel, and head out with Andrew to spot these spectacular creatures. €50 per person for a two hour session, reduced group rates available.
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) that takes in the River Blackwater. Mahon Falls is a horseshoe walk around a waterfall near Bonmahon (4km, 120 mins).
Guided Day Hikes: At The Cliff House Hotel, we can provide guided hiking through the Comeragh Mountains with urchin Adventures.
Driving Time: 35 mins
Take a forage walk with our friendly hotel forager on the cliff of Ardmore or on the local beaches.
This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about, identify and pick commonly found wild leaves, flowers, fruits, nuts and mushrooms depending on the season.
You will then have the pleasure to see and taste what was picked during your meal in our House restaurant that same evening.
PAMPERING AT THE WELL SPA
The hotel has an award-winning spa – The Well with indoor pool, sauna, steam room, outdoor hot tub, seaweed baths and gym.
If your delegates are looking to rest and unwind we can tailor make a bespoke spa package for your group.
Golf: 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 Dungarvan 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.
Fly-fishing: Various day-rods, beats and ghillies are available, although the River Blackwater’s exceptional salmon fishing-some deem the best in Ireland – means advance booking is essential. Recommended specialists include Fortwilliam Fishery at Lismore, Blackwater Lodge at Upper Ballyduff, and Ballyvolane at Fermoy. 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 getting plentiful from mid-June to mid-October. Dungarvan Charter Boats are specialists. Driving time: 25 minutes