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A FIVE-STAR HOTEL INSPIRED BY NATURE
Below are a list of our outdoor activities. We also encourage you to take a look at our Destination Highlights for more possibilities,
SEA KAYAKING 3 hours | €60
This active adventure allows you to get up close to the birds, seals and dolphins of Ardmore Bay with sit-on sea kayaks. You can explore sea cliffs, caves, sea stacks and pay a visit to the Samson wreck. Ages 13+
FAMILY KAYAKING 2 hours | €45pp
Grab the whole family and come and explore Ardmore Bay with us! Ages 8+
SUP (STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING) 2 hours | €45
Standing on a paddleboard gives you a whole new perspective of the land and sea, while providing excellent exercise. This flat water activity requires no previous experience.
ON THE WATER
Blackwater Kayaking – 3 hours €50 / 6hours – €80pp
Travel by kayak along the majestic Blackwater River, Ireland’s second largest river, taking in the scenery, wildlife and stately homes.
* River trips need a minimum of four persons. Start times vary depending on tide and conditions.
Snorkelling – 2 hours – €35
The cliffs and shoreline of Ardmore are thriving with fish, urchins, shellfish and anemones. You can even visit the Samson wreck.
Surfing for Beginners – 2 hours – €35 (group class)
Whiting Bay, which is around the corner from Ardmore, has a good break. The bay faces west and takes the predominant swells.
Surfing for Improvers – 3 hours €45 (group class)
This three-hour session is for those who want to improve or learn new skills such as duck diving, turning, or wave selection.
Surfing 1-to-1 – 90mins – €90
Our teachers are highly experienced, so can work with both beginners and the more advanced in tailored individual sessions.
IRELAND'S MOST UNIQUE GOLF HOLE
Hole-in-One Golf: At the hotel, we 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.
These biodegradable golf balls turn into fish food in 48 hours.
Ireland’s world-class 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 Club, Dungarvan Golf Club, The Gold Coast and West Waterford Golf Club.
GUIDED NATURE AND HISTORICAL TRAILS
The Waterford Greenway is a spectacular 46 km off-road cycling and walking trail along an old railway line from the quays of Ireland’s oldest city all the way to Dungarvan. For guests looking to Get Cliff Fit, we can arrange a family picnic, local bike hire from Dungarvan Greenway Bike Hire and return transfers to the nearby Dungarvan.
Guided Hiking – €150
Our guided hike in the Comeragh Mountains (40-minute drive) follows the Coumshinghuan Loop Walk with its dramatic rocky coums. This is a full day excursion, available by request for a minimum of two people.
Local Cliff Walk – Map available at spa reception
This unguided route from the hotel takes you around Ardmore Head and Ram’s Head, passing the Sampson wreck and Father O’Donnell’s Well.
Andrew Malcolm is West Waterford’s best guide for nature walks – and can lead you on bespoke foraging, whale and birdwatching hikes.