Beaches & Coves

With 147km of coastline any visit to Waterford would not be complete without a visit to a beach.

Waterford Beaches listed from East Waterford to West Waterford

  1. Passage East    A small beach with a lovely view of hook head in a lovely little village.
  2. Woodstown    One of Waterford’s favourite beaches with good night life, camping sites and beautiful wooded scenery, the Harristown passage tomb is also situated close by.
  3. Fornaught    Close to Woodstown this is a favourite  for locals.
  4. Crayden    A lesser known beach.  Small with character.
  5. Dunmore East    Waterford’s biggest fishing village and the festivities in the summer are second to none, several small but beautiful beaches.
  6. Portally    Small cove between Dunmore and Tramore
  7. Ballymacaw    A very nice cove for swimming in, very long inlet, very unique.
  8. Saleens/Backstrand    Beautiful views of the sand hills and lovely walks.  Good fishing too and great for cockels when the tide is out.
  9. Tramore    Probably the finest bay in Ireland and the most popular.  Sand dunes, beach for miles, arcades and amusements, pubs and large town, this is Waterford’s second biggest town as well as the centre for summer recreation in the south east.
  10. Newtown Cove    A small cove as you head towards the metal man, good fishing and diving in an area  called the Guillemine.
  11. Garrarus    A fine beach not far from Tramore but not sign posted.  You will get here just after Fenor and before Kilfarrasy.
  12. Kilfarrasy     Another gorgeous beach with amazing scenery 😉 Lovely clear water too.
  13. Knockane    A lesser known, but beautiful beach between Annestown and Boatstrand.
  14. Boatstrand    A small beach with a great peer for the kids to have fun off.  Very safe. Before you get here from Annestown the view of the coast is breath taking. Very safe for swimming and lovely when the tide is in.
  15. Bunmahon    An absolute jewel of a beach with lovely sand along the beautiful South East coastal drive.
  16. Tra na mBó Small beach with wonderful natural standing stone and lions head island just next to Bunmahon
  17. Ballydowane    Impressive cliffs and lovely scenic beach.  Be careful of rip tides!
  18. Ballyvooney    Stony little cove with character.
  19. Stradbally    Beautiful village, beautiful beach with loads and loads of sand and a lovely river along it’s side.  Great for the kids, better for swimming when the tide is in fully.
  20. Clonea    Another huge beach with hotel and amenities.  Very popular with people from Dungarvan and West Waterford.

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