Boat Strand is the small fishing harbour you can see from the garden, and if you time it right, you can get your lobster, crab or fish straight from the guys on the pier.
The nearest town for supermarkets for everything else would be Tramore 10km away.It is a popular resort for tourists in the summer. It has a 5km beach, sand dunes looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean, and a well-deserved reputation for surfing, kite surfing and windsurfing.
Dungarvan, about 30 minutes in the opposite direction, is a busy seaside town with good restaurants. The main attraction is King John's Castle, an Anglo-Norman fortification (1185) which would have originally been entered by drawbridge. It is undergoing reconstruction but there are guided tours, an audio-visual show and exhibitions during the summer season.
This region known as the Copper Coast gets its name from the copper mines that were active in the 19th century when the cliffs either side of Bunmahon were mined for lead, silver and copper.
Probably the most popular local attraction is a spectacular 46-kilometre off-road cycling/walking trail along an old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan known as the Waterford Greenway. Bikes can be hired locally and of course you can stop or start wherever you like.
photo Waterford Camino
They are mad about cycling in Dungarvan, and it was here that the first cycling club in Ireland was founded in 1869. The local club went on to win the first ever bike race in the British Isles. They still have the cup to prove it.
Mahon Falls is a dramatic 80m waterfall nestled in the Comeragh Mountains surrounded by breathtaking scenery. There is a car park near Lemybrien about 25 minutes away from the house with a not too strenuous thereafter, so don’t miss it.
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