Day Trips from Waterford

Waterford trips

Places to visit with your car rental

Armed with a Waterford rental car, you’ll be anxious to get out there and explore the surrounding area. There is plenty to explore within two hours’ drive of the city, including a world-class Geopark, a world-famous castle and a few iconic Irish cities. 

Copper Coast

This European Geopark stretches across 25 km of rugged coastline to the west of Tramore, and it only take 30 minutes to drive here from Waterford along R681. The Copper Coast is chock-a-block with fossils and unique geological formations that date back hundreds of millions of years.

Comeragh Mountains

This glaciated mountain range consists of 12 distinct peaks and is popular with hikers and mountain climbers. The following three hikes are particularly popular with visitors in Ireland’s south-east:

Coumshingaun Lake Walk (4 km)
The Mahon Falls and Coumtay (11 km)
Crouhan Walk (2.4 km)

Cork

Ireland’s second city is compact, culturally charged and buzzing with opportunities for foodies, music-lovers and revellers. Attractions in the area include the Old English Market, St Ann’s Church and the world-renowned Blarney Castle and its kiss-able stone. From Waterford, it takes less than 2 hours to reach Cork via the N25.

Limerick

Two hours’ drive north-west of Waterford along the N25, Limerick became infamous through the publication (and later film production) of Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes. Dire as Limerick’s past may have been, the city’s future is looking brighter, with redevelopment projects under way. Historic attractions in Limerick include King John’s Castle, the Franciscan Abbey and St Mary’s Cathedral.

Kilkenny

Kilkenny can be reached in less an hour’s drive from Waterford. This town has a collection of quaint boutiques, charming cobblestone streets and even its own castle. If you drive into Kilkenny from Waterford, plan on spending at least two hours exploring the city centre on foot. Many visitors actually choose to stay the night here, given the lively entertainment scene in Kilkenny.

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