The Pilgrims Rest Hotel Lismore - Cappoquin - County Waterford

Best Walks and Tours In Ireland

Ballymacarbry, situated between the Knockmealdown and Comeragh Mountains, a good variety of walks are available for both the experienced and more casual walkersBeach and Tramore all close by.. Tramore is famous for it's 5km sandy beach and sand dunes., west/south-west to Clogheen, a distance of 70 kms. The South Leinster Way, which can also be joined at Carrick-on-Suir runs north-east for 102 km via Piltown and the valleys of the Nore, Barrow and Slaney to Kildavin.has a published Cliff Walk. Way-marked, long distance trails include St Declans Way, an ancient pilgrims' path of some 94km which runs from Ardmore through Cappoquin, Lismore, Ardfinnan and Cahir to Cashel.

Waterford offers the prospect of unrestricted walks along the breathtaking coast, in the Comeragh and Knockmealdown Mountains and along the valley trails of its many rivers.

The Waterford Coast offers short headland and bay walks for more casual walker.Waterford City

An entertaining Waterford City Walk introduces the visitor to the principal sights in the city. A one hour tour includes "two cathedrals, four national monuments, and a gallery of rogues and rascals". It is delivered by a master story teller with a deep knowledge of his subject and great wit. These award winning tours starts from Waterford Treasures Museum on the Quay. After dinner tours are available for coach parties.

Comeragh Mountains

The walker can explore the folklore, geology, flora and fauna on conducted Nire Valley Walks in the Comeragh Mountains. A Comeragh Mountain Walking Festival is held annually in October. The walks are graded and are led by very experienced guides. The Nire Valley, Ballymacarberry, has the terrain to suit every grade of walker from the experienced mountaineer to the complete beginner.


Comeragh Mountaineering Club Hill - Walking each Sunday

East Waterford

There are river walks, "The Manann" at Faithlegg and Woodstone

The Doneraile Walk is a scenic coastal walk in Tramore

The East Munster Way extends from Carrick-on-Suir


West Waterford


There is a way marked walk in Ardmore, "The Cliff Walk" - 5km, that includes the christian settlement founded by St. Declan. Maps are available locally.

Riverside walks include the Glenshelane River Walk, 10km, a wilderness trek through spectacular scenery of Mountains.

8km long Kilmaloo Walk at Clashmore

There is a published Dungarvan Town Trail and there are guided walks from the Tourist Office in summer. Conducted Heritage Trail Walking Holidays are led by a knowledgeable guide and cover the coast of Waterford as well as other areas in the south-east of Ireland.

Walk Lismore
Whilst staying at The Pilgrims Rest Hotel Cappoquin Lismore Ireland, We suggest that you enjoy the local heratige town of Lismore. What better way to understand the heratige than a nice historic walk around this wonderful town.

Historic Walking Tours Of Lismore

Historic Walking Tours depart from the Lismore Heritage Centre at 11.00am & 3.00pm daily. Lismore as we view it today was substantially re-planned and constructed during the early nineteenth century. Selection as one of the Heritage Towns of Ireland honours the town’s rich historic inheritance. Below are some of the stops on the historic walking tour of Lismore.

Lismore Bridge

The bridge spans the River Blackwater and its tributary the Abh na Shead. A ferry crossed the river at this point until the construction of the bridge by the Duke of Devonshire in 1775. Designed by Thomas Ivory, the greater part of the original bridge was destroyed by floods in 1852 but it was rebuilt to Ivory’s design.

Lismore Castle

The castle towers above the bridge, perched impressively on wooded slopes overhanging the river. Dating largely from the mid nineteenth century when the 6th Duke (Bachelor Duke) undertook extensive reconstruction largely under the direction of Joseph Paxton, (architect Crystal Palace, London) The present owner of Lismore Castle is Andrew Cavendish, the 11th Duke of Devonshire.

The Spout

This is a natural spring well and once provided water for the estate workers in this area until the early part of the last century.

The Monument

This was erected in 1872 in memory of Archdeacon Ambrose Power, much loved for his generosity to the poor in the area.

The Lismore Millennium Park

Opened on 14th May 2002 by Waterford County Council with assistance from the Lismore Mochuda Development Group.

The Carnegie Library at Lismore

A fine building of redbrick and terracotta, was erected in 1910 with monies donated by the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

If you like the macabre try Gallows Hill

The Christian Brothers Monastery dominates the vista at the summit of the hill. Now the Waterford County Council offices. Hangings were carried out on this site long before the Schools were built there.

New Street

Houses built about 1820 by the 6th Duke for his tenants. The residents gave the area the nickname ‘Botany’. To them it seemed as if they had been transported from their old homes by the castle walls to a place as foreign as Botany Bay, Australia.

The Railway station

Today the Centre for Traditional Skills. King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra were welcomed to Lismore by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire here is 1904.

Lismore Workhouse

The workhouse was built for the relief of the distressed between 1839 and 1842. At one stage there were over 700 inmates here.

Famine Graveyard

The Duke of Devonshire presented two acres to the Roman Catholic Clergy in which victims of the Great Famine of 1845-1849 could be buried.

St. Carthage’s Parish Church

Designed by W. G. Doolin it is seen as one of the finest examples of Lombardo-Romanesque churches in Ireland. Erected between 1881 and 1884. A short guide may be purchased inside the church.

Lismore Heritage Centre

Quite an imposing building built with local sandstone and used until recently as the Court House. Today it houses the Lismore Experience where Brother Declan will meet you there and explain in his own way how he has seen Lismore grow and change through time. It is also a tourist information centre and craft shop where you will find additional information to go with this guide.

St. Carthage’s Cathedral

Lies beyond tall gothic gates. This has been a place of worship since the time of Carthage. Gravestone slabs from monastic times may be found inside the Cathedral. The first stone church on this site was built about 1207 but the present church dates from 1630. The Earl of Cork had the building restored at the time but naturally the structure has been altered and extended since. The pointed windows and ribbed ceilings were inserted by Sir Richard Morrison around 1820 stained glass design by Sir Edward Byrne-Jones. A superb tower and ribbed spire were added by the Pain Brothers in 1827. The remarkable table-tomb of the McGrath’s dating from 1486 is also worth viewing. Other Facts about Lismore

Lord Charles Cavendish who was married to Adele Astaire lived at Lismore Castle with is wife from 1932 to 1944. Adele Astaire’s brother Fred Astaire was a frequent visitor to Lismore - not just to the Castle but also to Maddens Bar, where he liked to relax informally and enjoy a change of scene.

The present Dukes uncle the Marquesss of Hartington was married to Kathleen, sister of President John F. Kennedy.

Other Walks to enjoy around Lismore include Lady Louisa’s Walk, The Round Hill Walk & The Towers, Ballysaggartmore. Further information can be got from Lismore Heritage Centre.

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