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While the beating heart of Waterford city offers any visitor plenty of cultural and historic attractions there’s much more to Ireland’s oldest city than one square mile on the banks of the Suir.
Outside the ancient city walls there are countless other points of interest, and out and about in Waterford County, it’s great to spread your wings and expand your horizons with a rental car, which will help you to discover the very best of the southeast of Ireland.
Take your rental car off the beaten track and discover the hidden pleasures of Dunmore East, an impossibly pretty little fishing village with sandy beaches and a lighthouse, only 7 miles southeast out of Waterford city. Carry on driving up into the wilds of the magnificent Comeragh and Knockmealdown mountains.
The coast is a haven for activities such as surfing, bodyboarding, kitesurfing and windsurfing. The seaside town of Tramore is particularly well known as an Irish surfing hot spot, not only offering the chance to get out in the waves and hang ten, but a whole surfing community of shops with surf equipment and boards to hire, surf schools and even local board manufacturers.
Golf is another major sporting attraction, with coastal courses at Waterford Castle, Faithlegg, Gold Coast, Tramore and Dungarvan among the most scenic in the area. Tramore also features horse-racing year round, with an annual festival in August.