If the Wild Atlantic Way coast in Ireland is the well-known longest coastal route, there’s a best-kept secret route in Waterford known as the Copper Coast. Probably a lesser-known destination, but it offers superb scenery.
The 25-km journey from Dungarvan to Tramore is known as the Copper Coast due to the extensive copper mining industry that thrived in the nineteenth century.
It is said to be the only official European Geopark in Ireland and is recognised for its diversity of rock formations and beautiful coastline. In 2004 it was named a UNESCO Global Geopark.
The “Copper Coast” evolved over 460 million years after it was formed by volcanic activity in the Ordovician period.
The region is known for its panoramic seascapes, cliffs, bays, and coves. The Copper Coast Road, is the R675 stretching from Dungarvan to Tramore, is considered one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the world. It’s also known for its beautiful, clean beaches such as Clonea and Bunmahon and the village of Bunmahon, Boatstrand, Dunhill, Annestown and Fenor. Tramore, the popular seaside resort, is the best-known town along the Copper Coast, but it also has a wealth of “undiscovered” secluded coves and beaches.
These are some of the attractions that you may consider to visit while driving to Copper Coast:
Only about a 10-minute drive from Dungarvan is Clonea Beach, with lots of water sports activities and Lifeguards to ensure your safety. A long golden sandy beach hugging the coastline is one of Waterford’s three blue flag beaches.
A pretty village of thatched cottages that presents photo opportunities and visit the unique cove protected by cliffs on either side. Stradbally is well sheltered, and when the tide is out, there is a vast and long expanse of soft sand.
There are a few attractions in this area; Copper Coast Geopark Centre and Bunmahon Beach. Bunmahon was the center of copper mining in the 18th/19th century. Do visit Copper Coast Geopark visitor centre to learn about the incredible history.
Situated on the Copper Coast between Bunmahon and Stradbally is the small sandy cove of Ballydowane. Located at the foot of large cliffs, this beach is sheltered and is very popular with the locals. Great for a family picnic!
The Waterford Greenway is a stunningly beautiful 46km cycling off-road. You will see a viaduct along R675. It follows a historic railway line from 1878 to the late 1970s between Dungarvan and Waterford City.
If you are a nature lover and adventurous, you will be glad to visit this place.
And when you’re planning on a spring and summer road trip — this is a perfect route for you!
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