Planning Your Time

If You Have Three Days

Distances are not great, but if you are here for a short stay—three days or fewer—you might want to base yourself in one of the region's cities or larger towns: Waterford, Kilkenny, or Wexford. All three are historic locations with plenty of places of cultural and historical interest accessible on foot. They are also growing shopping destinations. Day trips from Waterford and Wexford could include idyllic coastal villages like Ardmore, Dunmore East, and Kilmore Quay. From Kilkenny and Waterford the mountains, glens, and lakes of Tipperary are only a short drive away. Spend a night at a coastal hotel like the Cliff House in Ardmore or the country manor of Ballyduff House in Thomastown.

If You Have Five Days

If you have more time in the region, you might want to drive the whole of the scenic coast from Wexford down around spectacular Hook Head to Waterford and on to the winding road to Ardmore and Dungarvan. Take your time, avoid the motorway, and stop off at any village or watering hole that takes your fancy. You'll still have plenty of time for a detour north into Tipperary along some beautiful mountain back roads and on to the historic town of Cashel to see the legendary Rock. From there, head northwest for a touch of water sports on Lough Derg or take the short, scenic hop back to medieval Kilkenny City.

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