‘If I were there with my people on the green-clad hills
Warmed by the heat of the sun in a bright, cloudless sky’
The stretch of coast between Tramore and Dungarvan is known as the Copper Coast and it’s one of the most beautiful, unspoilt scenic drives in Ireland. It’s a scenic drive with stunning coastal landscape that would rival the Wild Atlantic Way.
The Copper Coast Scenic Drive goes through six villages and winds its way along the coast, revealing secret beaches and hidden coves, so pack a picnic and bring your swimming togs and set off to explore on of Ireland’s hidden secrets. The Copper Coast Scenic drive also takes in explores Waterford’s coastal UNESCO European Geopark.
So go, stand on the rugged coastline of the Copper Coast Geopark and listen; hear the waves crash into the cliffs and caves beneath your feet. Then turn towards the majestic Comeragh Mountains rising gently from the coast, and you will begin to realise why this extraordinary coastline, with its magnificent landscape, has been awarded the prestigious UNESCO recognised Global Geopark Status. This geologically diverse area contains records of ancient volcanism, mountain building and the last ice age and is regarded as one of the most beautiful places to visit in Ireland.
The Copper Coast Geopark comprises 90 square kilometres and is loved for its unspoilt and rugged coastline with hidden coves and caves, golden beaches and pretty villages. All of which provide us with a window into the geological and social history of this part of Waterford which has a community full of passion and pride for their wonderful place. The Geopark is a remarkable area where geology, ecology, archaeology, agriculture, and mining heritage from the bustling copper mining industry during the 19th century all contribute to the character and culture of the region.
There is much to see and do in the Copper Coast Geopark where you can enjoy a wide range of activities for families, groups, culture enthusiasts, nature lovers and adventurers. Immerse yourself in the stories behind the beauty and remains of the past with welcoming and knowledgeable guides. The Geopark provides guided tours exploring the mining heritage and social history, medieval and ancient Ireland and seaweed foraging. We also stock a series of self-guided trails. Activities in the area include: